Comparing Prices on Steel Storage Containers
Most people and businesses underestimate the value of available storage space, until they actually need it. Then it's worth its weight in gold. And unfortunately, when you're up against the wall, that's pretty much what you can expect to pay.
But by planning ahead, you can integrate steel storage containers into your organization and have them delivered to a vacant lot, loading pad, or construction site when you need quick, reliable space for your belongings or overstock goods and fixtures.
A variety of businesses, trades, and industries rely on metal storage containers due to their nearly limitless versatility. Retailers use the available space to store additional inventory and seasonal items. Construction and landscaping businesses keep their equipment, tools, and supplies in containers. Even the military uses steel storage containers (or "connex boxes") to store weapons, training equipment, and rations.
And the secret to their versatility is the simple yet highly-durable nature of their construction.
Steel storage containers construction
Steel storage containers are made with 8- or 14-gauge corrugated steel from top to bottom, including the walls, doors, and roof. The containers also feature one-inch thick floors made of marine grade plywood that can withstand 16,000 pounds of pressure per 100 sq ft. All corners and edges are connected with an elastic sealing compound to protect the structure and its contents from weather, fire, and the pests that are commonly found around buildings and on loading docks.
Modern shipping containers also feature optional upgrades that include:
- Additional doors
- Logos and different colors of paint
- Fireproof lockboxes, cargo guard locks, and other steel security devices
Sizes and types of steel storage containers for sale
Available in a variety of standard lengths, most steel storage containers are 8' or 10' wide and 8'6" high. Among the most common containers are:
- Standard containers (10', 20' and 40') - Select sizes based on your available space and storage needs. You can stack multiple containers next to or atop each other as needed.
- High cube - Provides added interior height (9'6") and length (45') for carefully storing small vehicles, construction equipment, and light machinery.
- Reefers - Refrigerated metal storage containers for keeping perishables and certain chemicals cool for storage or transport.
Will you buy, rent, or lease?
New steel storage containers range in cost depending on length, condition, certification (including ISO9001, CSC, and TS16949:2002) as well as extras like refrigeration and shelving .Generally speaking, for a new/one-trip shipping container, you can expect to pay the following base prices and upgrade fees:
- 10-foot: $2,600 - $2,900
- 20-foot: $3,500 - $6,200
- 40-foot: $6,000 - $8,000 plus
- High-cube models: add about 20%
- Refrigerated units: $8,000 - $30,000 (with 40' lengths being common)
If you're a small- to mid-range business, the above costs could deter you from making a purchase. So use these brief guidelines to help decide what may be best for you:
- If you can afford the up-front expense and plan to keep the container on premises for one year or longer, buy the container.
- If you only need the container for a few months for a specific purpose (such as moving or storing excess inventory), it's best to rent.
- When you want to spread your payments out over time, you can lease and then decide if you want to purchase the container for a nominal fee or return it to the vendor for an upgrade at the end of term.
A quick word about used containers
If you're interested in purchasing but don't necessary need a brand new box,used storage containers can be another way to go. Previously-owned models are cleaned, refurbished, and tested for wind and water tightness. Best of all, they provide nearly the same quality as a new model for 20% to 30% less in cost.
- BUYERZONE DEALER TIP: Don't forget to account for delivery and setup charges and any customized features. Many people look at the base price and forget to add the unavoidable charges that can really stack up. Steel storage container vendors may also charge drop-off and removal fees and require a minimum contract length. Given the costs of transportation, it may be wise to consider a dealer in your local area.
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