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FAQ

General

Why buy a container from Cleveland Containers ?

We have a small dedicated team of people with many years experience in all aspects of handling, repairing and modifying shipping containers. We are more than happy to assist with any enquiry you have, big or small.
We can handle anything right up to specialist conversions and modular building projects. Visitors are more than welcome to visit our site to view containers and speak with one of our experienced members of staff.
We can help with design and engineering solutions for industrial or domestic applications.

Do you modify shipping containers ?

Yes we certainly do . We have many years experience of modifying shipping containers for an array of applications. Visit our "Applications" page for further details of some of the possibilities.

Do we buy back containers ?

In most cases the answer is yes. Buy back price will always depend on the return condition.

Are shipping containers weather tight ?

Absolutely, because they are constructed for the purpose of moving goods around the world they are designed to keep all of the elements out. The doors are fitted with heavy duty rubber seals to ensure they are completely wind and water tight.

How much do shipping containers weigh?

The average gross weight of a container varies depending on size but are generally around the following empty weights; 20ft 2.5 tonnes, 30ft 3 tonnes, 40ft 4 tonnes

What are shipping containers made of?

Shipping containers are generally made of steel occasionally aluminium with a hardwood floor.

What are shipping containers ?

Great question ... Shipping containers or boxes as they are sometimes referred to are large boxes constructed from steel for the purpose of moving goods intermodally (land, rail and sea). They are constructed to ISO standards (International Standards Organisation), well built and very strong, with an exception life span. Ideal for short and long-term storage, they are very secure, weather tight are very versatile pieces of equipment that can be converted into; offices, cabins, mess-rooms, control rooms, changing rooms and the list goes on. The containers are generally 8ft wide by 8ft 6 inches high and are generally 10ft, 20ft, 30ft, 40ft and 45ft as standard. Different sizes can be made by modifying standard boxes into lengths such as 6ft, 8ft, 12ft and anything else in between.

Container Security

Constructed from high tensile steel the containers are built to be very strong and secure. Security can be compromised by the weakest point and we recommend the use of a lockbox and thatcham approved high security padlock to prevent unauthorised access. Additional security features such as portable or wireless alarms can be installed for additional peace of mind.

Container City Storage Security

We operate our 7 acre site from a prime location in Teesside, with access to all major road networks and the Teesport Terminal. We are therefore ideally placed for all of your storage (long or short-term) and handling requirements. Our site is protected by monitored CCTV and security fences.

Storage & Handling

We operate our 7 acre site from a prime location in Teesside, with access to all major road networks and the Teesport Terminal. We are therefore ideally placed for all of your storage (long or short-term) and handling requirements. In addition to this, we can provide all the transport requirements you may have and offer a Container Inspection Service CSC (Container Safety Convention) to ensure the container is safe for shipping and properly certified.

Maintenance

Are shipping Containers affected by condensation ?

Any metal surface which is exposed to temperature variations will inevitably suffer from condensation but there are ways to mitigate this. Evidence shows that the construction of modern containers helps prevent condensation and no doubt the quality of the paint now used also helps. Condensation is more likely to occur when a container is sat on cold, damp ground such as soil; the cold from the earth permeates the container and lowers the temperature of the air inside thus causing condensation. All air has moisture in it therefore reducing the amount of air in the container minimises the chances of condensation; this can be done by ensuring items are placed in the container on a dry day. A container can also be vented on a dry day to allow air to circulate.

Do shipping containers require maintenance ?

Shipping containers are relatively low maintenance. Shipping containers that are used as static storage rarely require any attention, the steel work is unlikely to deteriorate as long a it is coated in high quality paint. Door hinges and locking bars make require lubricating with oil to keep them free moving and door seal will deteriorate over time but again these are easily replaced and should last in the region of 10 years.

Container Maintenance

Our containers are designed to withstand the harsh marine conditions they are extremely durable and built to last. The containers are constructed from high tensile steel and can be coated with specialist paints to improve the life span of the container. All the shipping containers contain air vents to reduce condensation. If your usage requires additional moisture traps can be supplied. These traps last approximately 3 months between replacement.

Delivery

How do I get my container delivered ?

We can provide delivery for any size box and these will usually be delivered on a hiab vehicle (crane mounted to the vehicle) which will lift the container to the ground. An assessment of the site might be necessary to establish if access for the vehicle is possible. Cost of delivery is available on request.

Delivery

Delivery and Collection of new and used containers is predominantly by hiab lorry fitted with cranes. The lorries can site the shipping container up to 18ft from the side of the lorry. The lorries are not capable of lifting the containers over houses. It is the buyers responsibility to ensure access to the HGV as appropriate access to the site. All deliveries are agreed in advance and you will be supplied with a date and time and be kept informed of any changes to the schedule. Delivery can only be arranged once full payment has been received. If you have concerns regarding delivery we are happy to provide advice and guidance to ensure the container can be installed with minimal disruption. Container Specifications

Planning Permission

Containers are classed as temporary structures and in most instances are not subject to planning laws. However it is always advisable to seek assurances from you local planning office and any neighbours who could be affected by the siting of your container.

Prepare a site for your container

Shipping containers require a solid level foundation with approximately 5 foot clearance to allow the doors to be opened. The containers only need support in under the four corners due to their rigid construction from high tensile, rust inhibiting corten steel. Ideal supports include concrete bases, flag stones or railway sleepers.