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Standard ISO shipping containers come with two swing doors on one short end of the container. But that doesn’t work for everyone. Today, we are going to cover some different options you have when purchasing containers.
1) Double-door containers. These are containers with standard swing doors on both ends of the container. Because these are not as common and are so useful, they are generally only available as “one-trip” containers, meaning they are manufactured in Asia, make one trip to the US and then sold to you. Since they are one-trip containers, they are freshly painted, have no markings and are a great option. But they are also more expensive.
2) Roll-up doors. If you want a used container and need the access, but not the price tag, consider adding a roll-up door on the opposite end. Roll-ups can be added either to the end of the sides of containers to add extra access to the container. The only place we do not recommend putting it is where the original doors are located. Those doors are connected into the corner posts that support the container, so you do not want to mess with that. You can have the door added on before it comes out to you, or use a kit to add the door on yourself. You get the same access at usually half the price.
3) Personnel –doors. So you don’t need a full roll-up, or you just don’t want to deal with bigger doors. Maybe a personnel door is the right option for you. Like roll-up doors, these can be added on before you get it or by a kit where you add on the door yourself. This is great option if you are going to be going in and out of the container often and want to have access just like you would to a building.
4) Open-side containers. These great containers are only available in 20' long, one-trip containers. They feature doors that open on the 20' side of the container. These are a great option for retail containers, industrial applications and so much more. But they also come with a pretty large price tag.
5) Open-top containers. These are a great option if you have to load the container from above. They come with a tarp to function as the roof. So these, are for those people who simply need to have this design, but it is not ideal for the person who wants a nice, basic container.
Containers are so flexible. Even if they don’t come the way you want them, they can easily be changed to fit your needs. We can help you add doors, windows, etc. so that it works for you, just the way you want, or we can help you to do it yourself.