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Caring For Your Shipping Container

By October 9th, 2019 About Containers No Comments
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Shipping containers are typically placed outdoors and are exposed to the elements.  Over the course of several years, your container may show signs of wear and tear. They tend to develop rust, dents, and other signs of fatigue due to habitual use. Here are a few of the problems that can happen and how you can help prevent them.

Surface Rust:

This is the number one natural enemy of a container. Although these are corten steel and incredibly durable, over time the paint degrades and rust occurs. Climate is a huge factor that can cause this issue. 

By monitoring rust spots and properly caring for them you can ensure your container will last for years to come. Any grinding or buffing of rust spots over time will keep your container in good shape. It is important to primer these areas before painting. Most rust is just cosmetic and does not cause any structural damage. 

Undercarriage Moisture:

While rust is often visible on the sides of the container, it is important to think about the underside of the container as well.  Once the container is delivered, there’s not much you can do about this after the fact. You definitely want to be thinking about the placement of the container, prior to it being delivered.  

If possible, you want to place the container on a hard-packed surface that drains well.  However, we realize this is not always an option. If the container is being placed on grass or dirt, we recommend that the container is slightly elevated.  Railroad ties or landscape timbers are a great option. Preventing water from pooling under your container will ensure that it lasts the test of time!  

General inspections:

We guarantee that our containers are delivered in wind & watertight condition.  However, you always want to perform an inspection of your container (upon delivery), to make sure your expectations are met regarding the condition of the unit. If you are interested in a container or just have general questions, please feel free to give us a call today at (678) 829-5902 or complete an online quote request on our website – Georgia Storage Containers

Storage Containers – Long Term Rental vs Purchasing

By August 2nd, 2019 About Containers No Comments
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There are many factors to consider when faced with the decision of renting or buying a container. The decision is a pretty easy one when your storage needs are short term (maybe a couple of months).  Renting is definitely the way to go. However, if you are planning on keeping it for a year or more, the decision can be a little trickier.  You may want to purchase, as the cost of rental fees (over time) might outweigh the purchase price. Here are some areas that might help you with that decision.

Cost:

The most obvious and important concern when choosing whether to rent or buy is the cost. If you simply need a container for a couple of months, renting is always the quick and economic solution. When renting for longer than a year, purchasing a container may be a cheaper option.  When renting, you will pay both delivery and pick up charges.  If you buy one, you will only pay the delivery fee. Be sure to consider the trucking charges, when determining if renting or purchasing is the better option.  We can help you calculate the cost between the two if you’re on the fence about your decision.  

Ease:

If you are unsure about the duration and you don’t want to be tied to a container indefinitely, then renting takes all the stress of commitment away.  If you purchase one and then don’t need it for whatever reason, you’re stuck trying to get rid of it. With a rental container, you wouldn’t have to worry about getting rid of it when you don’t need it anymore.  Just call us and we’ll come and pick it up.

Condition:

All of our rental containers are in excellent condition. They have been refurbished (exterior has been repainted) and come standard with a lockbox. Containers that we have available for sale, have the original paint from the manufacturer.  Those colors can vary, as well as the condition of the container. If you are concerned about the condition of the container, renting may be your best bet. However, if aesthetics are not your concern, purchasing a used container can be an economical choice, especially if your storage needs are indefinite.  Whichever way you go, both our rental containers and our sale containers are wind & watertight. Your belongings will be secure and protected from the elements. We also have easy access modular rentals if the corrugated steel is not an option for you. 

Containers are available in several sizes.  The smallest size we offer is a 10’ container.  From there, they go up in size to 20’ containers and 40’ containers.  The size you choose will depend on how much space you have on-site and how much you have to store.  We also offer larger 53’ containers to accommodate large-scale storage needs.  

As always, these are just guidelines for making your decision. Call (678) 829-5902 to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members.  We are happy to assist you in determining which option is best suited for you!  You are welcome to complete an online quote request as well.

The Difference Between Wind & Watertight Containers vs Cargo Worthy Containers

By May 10th, 2019 About Containers No Comments
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When shopping for used shipping containers, sometimes the difference in conditions is not as obvious as you would think. On the surface, Wind and Watertight (WWT) and Cargo Worthy (CW) containers are both used and have rust, dents, scratches, etc. Visually, a wind & watertight container can look just like a cargo worthy container.  Here’s a little more information about the specifics of each condition, to help you determine which option works best for you.

Cargo Worthy:

These containers are mainly used for shipping overseas. In order to ship a container overseas, it typically requires an inspection from a marine/maritime surveyor.  The surveyor will ensure that the unit meets the CSC (International Convention for Safe Containers) requirements for shipping.  The owner of the container will be issued a certificate, stating that the unit is seaworthy or Cargo Worthy.  This document is required by the port authority, prior to the unit being loaded on a vessel and shipped. Containers are stacked on a vessel for transport.  They need to maintain certain structural standards, as to not compromise the integrity of the other containers in the stacks. You can expect the containers to range in age from 10-15 years old.

Wind and Watertight:

WWT containers are also guaranteed not to leak or have holes.  However, they might have some patches or repairs, due to some damage that was sustained in shipping.  These containers cannot be shipped overseas, as they do not meet the requirements of the CSC (referenced above).  That does not mean they’re not adequate for general storage purposes. Most folks looking to store items on-site would go with this option.  Your container doesn’t need to be Cargo Worthy if you’re not going to ship it overseas. A WWT container will usually cost a bit less as well, since they don’t need to be surveyed.  They are simply inspected by the yard, to ensure they meet the requirements to be called WWT. These containers will also range in age from 10-15 years old.

Whether you are looking for a no-frills option for storage or coordinating an overseas delivery, our team can help you find the right container for your needs.  Give us a call today at (877) 670-0229 or request an online quote.

 

Rental Options for Small Spaces

By April 5th, 2019 Creative Uses 1 Comment
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At Georgia Storage Containers, we have an array of different size shipping containers for you to choose from. While the larger size containers offer the best bang for your buck, some folks may not have the space available on-site to accommodate a larger container.  

The 10’ and 20’ storage container rentals are ideal for locations with limited space. The 20’ container is one of our most popular rental containers. They take up minimal space but still provide plenty of room for storage. They can be utilized for just about any on-site storage application. If a 20’ container rental is still too much, the 10’ container will surely do the trick. All of the standard containers come with security lock boxes on the double doors.

Easy access modular rentals are also excellent for small scale storage needs. These containers come in 16’ and 20’ sizes and a great for locations with limited space. The main differences between the modular rentals vs standard container rentals are the doors and appearance.  The modular units have roll up doors and smooth sides. The standard rental containers have double cargo doors (that swing open) and corrugated walls. If you are limited in terms of the way your doors swing out for clearance than these rentals are the best solution. All of our rentals can be used for an array of uses from storing household items to larger bulk products. Give Georgia Storage Containers a call at (678) 829-5902 for more information or fill out an online quote.

Renting a Container vs Trailer

By February 22nd, 2019 About Containers No Comments
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Shipping containers and trailers have a great deal of uses that can cater to your specific needs. Both options cover all of your short or long terms storage needs.  You will also be provided with a storage container or trailer that is secure and “wind & watertight”. While they are both great rentals options, there are some added benefits to each.

Containers:

Renting a shipping container is your best option for secure storage in smaller areas. The 10’ and 20’ rental containers are optimal for when there is limited space available. For larger applications there are also 40’, 45’, 48’, & 53’ Rental Containers.

These containers all come standard with an “easy open” door handle and are accessed at the ground level. Ground level access means they very easy to get in and out of quickly.

Trailers:

Rental trailers are an excellent option for storing large quantities of goods. Since they come on wheels they are designed to be accessed at dock level. The 45’ and 48’ rental trailers are perfect for placing directly at loading docks to load by pallet jack or forklift. These trailers are a very economic option for adding extra space to a warehouse for supply storage.

Whether you need to rent a container or trailer, Georgia Storage Containers Inc. has you covered for all of your “on-site” storage needs. Give us a call at (678) 829-5902 or complete and online quote request.

Getting Organized with Containers

By May 15th, 2018 Creative Uses No Comments
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It’s that time of year again…Spring cleaning. The time to declutter and get a little more organized. Storage containers are a great option for making the most of your space when rearranging things. Whether you are a business or a resident, renting a container is an affordable yet efficient option.

Renting a container for storage is a quick and fast solution to maximizing your work and living space. Whether it’s a major overhaul or simply cleaning out a garage, renting a container is a no-brainer. No long-term commitments are required.  Rent the container for as long as you need it and then have it picked up when you’re done!

Rental containers come in a variety of sizes from 10’ to 53’ High Cubes. We can help you decide which size container is the perfect fit for your storage needs.  

You can be assured that your container will keep your items safe and secure. All rentals come standard with lockable doors to ensure the security of everything inside. We also have a variety of locks and accessories to keep your mind at ease.

Our easy access modular rentals are especially great for maneuvering into tight areas. They are lighter than the traditional steel containers and are equipped with a roll-up door.   

Georgia Storage Containers has something for all of your container rental needs. We have decades of experience to provide you with the best solution for storage. Give us a call at (678) 829-5902 or fill out an online quote.

Standard Height vs High Cube Containers

By February 14th, 2018 About Containers No Comments
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When choosing a container to purchase or rent, there is often an option between a Standard height container or a High Cube (HC) container. At a glance, these containers might look very similar.  However, there are different benefits and uses for each type of container.

Standard Height Container:

At Standard Height container is 8’6”H on the exterior.  This type of container is a staple in the portable storage world. It is safe to assume that most containers are this standard height unless stated otherwise. Standard height containers come in a range of sizes, most commonly 10’, 20’ and 40’ containers.  Standard height containers are the most popular and are suited for just about any storage application.

High Cube (HC) Container:

A High Cube (HC) container is 1’ (a foot) taller than a standard height container.  If you need to stack your product or if your items are a bit taller than normal, the extra foot of vertical space is a great benefit.  These 9’6”H containers are usually found in 20’, 40’, 45’ and 53’ sizes (the 40’ size being the most abundant). If you have the height clearance, high cube containers are definitely an option to consider.

Whatever your storage needs, Georgia Storage Containers can provide the right container size for you.  Call us today at (678) 829-5902 or complete an online quote request.  We are happy to assist you in determining exactly which container will suit your needs.

Why are the Doors of My Shipping Container Difficult to Close?

By September 7th, 2017 About Containers No Comments
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This article is a bit of a continuation from our post last month. In that post, we focused on the basics of opening/closing the doors of a shipping container. In this post, we will discuss the two main reasons the doors of your shipping container may be difficult to close (after they’ve been opened).

Uneven Surface

When a shipping container is delivered, it’s usually delivered with the doors closed. If the container is dropped on a surface that is uneven, it can create some big-time challenges when opening/closing the doors. While it may be a bit difficult, you can usually get the doors opened. However, it may be virtually impossible to get them closed again.

The reason is because a container can twist or rack when it’s placed on an uneven surface. It is always best to place your shipping container on as level and hard-packed a surface as possible (like concrete, asphalt or gravel). However, if you are unable to drop the container on a hard-packed surface, the container can be placed on the bare ground as well.

When placing a shipping container on a grass/dirt surface, we recommend leveling that area as best as possible. However, sometimes you may not be able to do so. That’s okay. Just keep in mind, that you may need to level the container (by shimming up a corner or two once it’s been dropped).

Before opening the doors of the container, we suggest that you perform a visual inspection of the doors. This is usually a pretty good indicator if the container is not level or “racked”. Focus on the black rubber gasket/seal that runs around the perimeter of each door. That gasket/seal should line up straight across the top. If one side is higher than the other, the container is most likely unlevel. If you try to open the doors now, it may be very difficult to close them again.

To shim up a corner(s) of your shipping container, we recommend using pressure treated lumber. You may only need to shim up a corner(s) an inch or two. It may take some a bit of experimenting, to determine how much you need to shim up your container. Once you’ve added the shims, check the door gasket across the top of the doors. If the gasket is lined up, you’ve probably done a good job leveling the container. At this point, the doors of your shipping container should open/close without a problem.

Uneven Distribution of Product/Items

Once you’ve determined that your shipping container is level, it’s time to start loading it. It’s important to pay attention to how you distribute the load throughout the container. You may not experience any issues going forward (no matter how you load your product/items into the shipping container). However, if you notice that the doors are difficult to open/close after you’ve loaded the container, you may need to check how the product is distributed. Moving some items around may be necessary to alleviate any issues with opening/closing the doors.

If your product/items have been distributed evenly and you are still having trouble with the doors, you may want to check the corners of your container. If the shipping container has been placed on grass/dirt/asphalt, it’s possible that a corner(s) may have started to sink a bit.

This is a common problem as you start to add weight to your container. One or two of the corners may sink down below the level of the surface. If this happens, you’ll just need to shim up those corners until the container is level again. This should make the doors easy to open/close again.

It’s always best to make sure your container is placed on as level and hard-packed a surface as possible. If your shipping container is going on grass/dirt/asphalt, make sure you have some pressure treated lumber on hand. You may need to do some leveling. It’s also best to distribute the product as evenly as possible throughout the container.

These tips will ensure that your shipping container is always level. We hope that this information is helpful. If you have any questions or are interested in purchasing a container or renting a container, please contact us at (678) 902-9525 or complete an online quote request.

Opening & Closing a Shipping Container Door

By July 19th, 2017 About Containers No Comments
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Whether you are interested in buying or renting a shipping container, you must know the proper way to open & close the doors. It might seem intuitive but there can be a few snags along the way if not performed properly.

It is important to note that the container must be on as level a surface as possible.  If it’s not a level surface, you may be required to shim up a corner(s), to ensure the container is level.  

Once the container is level, proceed with opening the right-hand door first.

(1) Once you release the handle hinges upwards you simply pull the handle up and then rotate them out and towards you or away from you (depending on the container).

(2) This rotates the long silver poles called locking rods that are attached to both handles and the cam keepers.

(3) The cam keepers lock the top and bottom of the door of the container and seal it shut. Rotating the handles will disengage the keepers and break the seal. Once they are unlocked you simply pull the door open and repeat on the opposite side.

It is a pretty simple process that gets easier the more you do it. However, there can be some problems along the way that you might want to double check first.  You always want to check for an uneven surface, rusted door seals, torn or damaged gaskets (rubber seals around the doors), and even distribution of items on the inside.

We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please feel free to contact Georgia Storage Containers at (678) 829-5902.

New Stadium Construction – Jobsite Storage

By December 20th, 2016 Creative Uses No Comments
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The Mercedes-Benz stadium is currently under construction and will be the future home of the Atlanta Falcons. They are confident that the $1.5 billion stadium will open by June 1, 2017. It will be the only stadium in the United States to be LEED certified at the platinum level.

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However, there have been many setbacks that have threatened the timetable of the stadium opening on time. The complexity of the steel structure for the roof has caused some problems for the construction team. Pieces of the large, eight-piece retractable roof are continuing to go up with careful mechanization to ensure it opens flawlessly. Not to mention, crews struggled to stay on pace pouring the concrete for the superstructure of the stadium. The main delay is a result of the design process for the steel structure that will support the stadium’s complex retractable roof.

As with many large-scale construction projects, setbacks due to poor weather conditions, changes to the structure, availability of materials, and other unforeseen delays are common occurrences. If your construction team is critically falling behind in a big project, make the job a little easier with shipping containers. Unforeseen delays could put a kink in your timeline. Be prepared and organized to help your team get back on track.

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Ensure that your materials and equipment are secure and increase productivity and efficiency at your job site. Keeping your equipment and tools on-site in a container makes those items easily accessible. Georgia Storage Containers offers storage containers in varying sizes, ranging from 10 ft to 53 ft in length. Keep your tools and equipment safe from the elements and thieves. Make sure your site is complying with government regulations for safety, providing an organized and clean environment for workers.

Georgia Storage Containers (through our parent company, Container Technology) also offers mobile offices and can modify a container to meet your needs. Having an office container on-site will promote productivity and save your workers travel time. Instead of traveling to other locations, meetings can be held on-site to maximize efficiency.

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On-site Storage Applications:

  • Secure equipment, materials, and tools
  • Store excess inventory
  • Protect items from weather and unwanted guests
  • Stay organized and keep workers safe
  • Maximize efficiency to complete jobs on time
  • Stay on budget
  • Eliminate the need to travel to off-site facilities

  • Contact Georgia Storage Containers today for all your job site and construction storage needs. Give us a call today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members. Our local Atlanta number is (678) 902-9525. You can also complete an online quote request and one of us will get back to you with the information you requested.

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