We take several questions a month from people interested in converting them into storm shelters and survival bunkers. Overall, shipping containers make a very good building block for these types of projects for many reasons. Shipping containers are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, the interior can be modified to meet almost any type of project, and they're affordable and readily available almost anywhere you need them.
Shipping containers are made with CORTEN steel, a rust resistant type of steel that ages well and can withstand even the harshest weather conditions that you can throw at it. To add to the protection, if you purchase a new container it will come with a thick coat of commercial weather resistant paint, applied at the factory in a controlled environment. As shipping container ages, the CORTEN steel has a protective later that regenerates itself over time. All of the seams and corners are tightly welded to prevent any intrusion of moisture, dampness, and insects, rodents, or other unwanted guests.
The interior of a shipping container consists of a wooden floor, and four steel walls and a ceiling; any by using a shipping container in your project you're able to cut your construction time and save on labor and material costs. Virtually any features that you'd like to install in a shipping container are possible. The most common features that people install in both storm shelters and survival bunkers are:
The interior can be partitioned off with wooden or aluminium framed walls, chain link fences with pad locked doors, or even concrete block or brick walls.
Shipping containers, both new and used, can be found in virtually every major city in the US, and are readily accessible in almost any other location. Given a little planning and the logistical support of our trucking and delivery relationships ContainerAuction.com can have a shipping container almost anywhere in the US within 7-14 days, at a very reasonable cost. For example, shipping containers have recently been sold to buyers in Montana, Wyoming, both remote areas that don't normally see significant container trade.
If you're building a storm shelter or survival bunker and in need of an affordable shipping container for your project ContainerAuction.com and our sellers can supply them anywhere in the United States, Canada, and many parts of Europe. If you're in the early stages of planning and need advice or ideas, you're also welcome to contact us with any questions that you might have.