Depending on the manufacturer, and how a shipping container is stored on land and maintained, boxes typically last a total of 20 to 30 years before needing total replacement. Many containers are available in like-new condition, while others may be in service for up to 10 to 12 years before facing retirement.
Due to our parent company — the Big Blue Box — having such great and enduring relationships with the nation’s largest shipping lines and leasing companies, we provide top-quality, new and used shipping containers to our customers that meet a range of needs and price points.
How to Extend the Lifespan of Shipping Containers
When you buy or rent shipping containers that are in great shape, routine maintenance is still required to keep units in good working order. For example, when container doors become difficult to open and close, or you start to see patches of rust showing up on container exteriors, you’ll know it’s time for service.
Doors need to be lubricated periodically and sometimes the ground underneath the container shifts, which may impact a door’s ability to open and shut. Rust, meanwhile, is corrosive, which means it will eat the steel if left unchecked. Smaller, inexpensive tasks, such as painting and caulking, are also required from time to time.
All our shipping containers are made of rugged COR-TEN™ steel, so our boxes are extra durable and corrosion-resistant, meaning they don’t need a ton of upkeep. But that doesn’t mean they will never require maintenance or rust.
How Many Shipping Containers Are There?
There are more than a dozen shipping container types used throughout the country, with dry storage containers being the most popular. Other container types used include refrigerated ISO, ISO tanks, reduced-height containers for the transport of coal and other types of heavy, bulk cargo, and open-top containers.
Offering dry storage containers is our specialty. When buying from Midwest Storage Containers, pick from three new shipping container sizes or three sizes of used containers. We also offer various sizes for rental units and we even offer rent-to-own containers.
Whether you shop to buy or rent with us, rest easy knowing all our containers include the following:
- Rugged COR-TEN™ steel construction
- Security lock box
- Marine-grade wood flooring
- Available in sizes from 10′ L to 40′ L x 8′ W x 8.5′ H
If you choose to purchase containers, your boxes can also include the following:
- Custom paint job
- Add flanges for shelves, partitions, extra doors and/or turbine vents
- Reduced container size to meet custom requirements
Shipping Containers with a Great ROI
Knowing our quality, plus how long our shipping containers last, do the easy thing and reach out to request a quote. With such a lengthy lifespan and our company’s great reputation, shipping containers from Midwest Storage Containers provide a great return on investment, Plus, if you don’t need a long-term, like-new storage solution, we offer deep discounts on older containers that have been in service a long time.
Regardless of whether you buy or rent, get peace of mind knowing our friendly staff inspects each and every container prior to delivery so you know your containers are defect-free and in the condition you paid for.