Month: January 2019

Our Latest Container Conversions | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Conversions

Date: January 29th 2019

Our Latest Container Conversions

As the UK’s leading experts in container conversions, it’s no surprise that every single day, we receive enquiries from all over the country requested containers for many different purposes. Of course, amongst those customers who have a clear idea of what they want, there are those who aren’t quite sure. A lot of customers contact us requesting a standard new or used shipping container with a specific use in mind. However, with simple conversion options, these standard containers can be made much more fit for purpose with the addition of basic fixtures and fittings. The possibilities are endless. Have a look below at some of our most recent container conversions and see if you get inspired!

Container Conversions

30ft Allotment Container

This unit was created for a large community allotment in Manchester. The customer wanted a safe, weatherproof, anti-vandal facility on-site where members of the community could take shelter and prepare drinks.

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Container Conversions

10ft Chemical Store Sub-Bund

This carefully built chemical store was produced for a nationwide hire company, which was put together with our standard COSHH store specifications, making it not only ideal but totally safe for storing hazardous substances.

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Container Conversions

20ft Bar Conversion

This bespoke bar was created for a North West customer who sought a ‘stand out’ container that he would be able to kit out and use as a bar at his local event venue. Finished with bright colours and specially fabricated, you would never believe this bar started life as a standard container.

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32ft x 10ft Green Office Block

This unusual office conversion was produced for a container hire company in the North West of England. The customer wished for the container to retain its corrugated look and to be painted green to stand out.

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Container Conversions

10ft Tuck Shop

This unit was a bespoke conversion, and was to be used as a serving station for drinks, ice-cream and hot food. With this in mind, the container was fitted with kitchen facilities in addition to a secure hatch window.

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Container Conversions

20ft Double Door Conversion

This 20ft high cube container was professionally crafted for a University to be used as an office for their site in Preston. With aluminium, glazed windows and doors fitted at either end of the container, this conversion was unique and wholly fit for purpose.

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10ft Orange Store

We were requested – by a large UK hire firm – to create this 10ft shipping container into a basic, secure storage facility. For safety reasons, the customer wished for the container to be finished in a bright colour and after much deliberation, decided on orange. Doesn’t it stand out?

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Interesting? We certainly think so! It’s amazing at just how many ways a shipping container can be converted for purpose. Each of our conversions is completely bespoke to the customers needs and there is definitely no job too big or small for our team of professional designers, engineers and fabricators! 

If you are interesting in finding out more about container conversions, or if you have an idea for a container conversion you wish to discuss, feel free to call Universal Containers on 0845 050 0330 or email andy@universal-containers.com for a free, no obligation quote or friendly, helpful advice. 

Why Shipping Containers Are Better Than Garden Sheds | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Conversions

Date: January 29th 2019

Why Shipping Containers Are Better Than Garden Sheds

Outdoor storage is essential for your home. The last thing you want is to have your household cupboards cluttered with gardening tools, DIY tools, not to mention the emergency chairs. To solve this storage problem, most people add a garden shed to the exterior of the property. However, it’s not always a savvy investment to make. Generally made from wood, garden sheds can quickly deteriorate – especially in British weather – to become unsafe, unsecure and eventually, unfit for purpose. These reasons combined illustrate the reason as to why shipping containers are quickly becoming the go-to traditional garden shed alternative for many homeowners across the country. We’ve put together 4 points, but we’re certain there are more grounds for why you should choose a new or used shipping container as additional outdoor storage for your home, instead of a garden shed.

Shipping containers require NO assembly

There’s nothing worse than purchasing a brand new garden shed, only to be faced with the task of having to construct it from scratch. A shipping container as an alternative to a garden shed poses no obstruction where construction is concerned. A shipping container is already built for the purpose of storage, so it’s ready to go as soon as you are. Of course, you have the option to convert your container to include electrical sockets and other fixtures and fittings, but a standard container simply requires transport and installation. In fact, you don’t even have to arrange for it be placed. At Universal Containers, we offer nationwide delivery to the UK mainland and our professional team of engineers will correctly install your container for you.

Shipping Containers are Cost-Effective

As the old saying goes – you get what you pay for. You may pay a few hundred pounds for a traditional garden shed but chances are, you’ll end up replacing the very same shed in a few short years as the rain begins to weaken the structure of the shed – causing internal and external damp issues – which in itself could result in damaging the contents of your shed. Rather than continually spending to keep your goods safe in a non-durable shed, a one-off investment in a shipping container that can be affordably maintained will prove to be much more cost-effective in the long-term.

Shipping Containers are Long-Lasting

Before a shipping container is converted or used for an alternative purpose – such as a garden shed – it’s important to consider it’s original use. Shipping containers are made to transport goods and cargo via rail, road and sea, so it’s vital that they are carefully constructed to not only be strong, but to withstand the elements that come with overseas transportation. Because of their original design, shipping containers are wholly secure and long-lasting. Their durable structure means that they require simple maintenance to keep them in top condition and unlike a garden shed, you won’t have to replace it 5 years down the line due to wear and tear.

Shipping Container provide more Security

It’s not uncommon to hear about your neighbours and relatives having their sheds broken into and thieves making off with the contents. Not only is this a horrendous thing to happen, but unfortunately, with traditional garden sheds – it’s difficult to prevent. This is why shipping containers are an ideal solution and an effective alternative to a shed. In their rawest form, shipping containers are already built with structural integrity, so their steel exterior already poses itself as a barrier to intruders. In addition to this, other secure fixtures and fittings can be added to a container at a low-cost, including but not limited to: lock boxes, steel shutters, security doors, etc. By doing so, you have the peace of mind that your container and its contents remain safe and secure.

Insightful? We certainly hope so! Shipping containers are rapidly rising in popularity due to the fact that their intended use is so diverse that it allows many people to use containers – converted or not – for a multitude of purposes. Ultimately, they solve the problems that arise when people are seeking additional space for domestic and commercial use. By using a shipping container instead of a traditional shed, you can rest assured that your items will remain damage-free and completely safe and secure. 

If you would like to discuss an idea for a shipping container conversion with us, or you’d like some advise on buying or hire the right container to suit your needs, please call the Universal Containers team on 0845 050 0330 or email andy@universal-containers.com for friendly, no obligation advice.

How To Protect Your Shipping Container From Condensation | Universal Container Services LTD

Categories: Container Conversions

Date: January 9th 2019

How To Protect Your Shipping Container From Condensation

If you’ve got a shipping container conversion, you’ll be enjoying the additional space for a number of different purposes. Last year, we created hundreds and hundreds of bespoke container conversions – garden rooms, offices, canteens, storage facilities, toilet blocks – the list is endless. We consistently receive positive feedback from our customers and we are thrilled that they all see the cost-effective benefits of converting a shipping container. However, just like your house, the appropriate action must be taken to ensure that your container conversion can withstand the elements to prevent any damage from occurring. As with a normal property, a converted shipping container is at risk of particular issues, including condensation.

What problems can condensation cause a shipping container?

Condensation ultimately leads to water being present within your shipping container. Unfortunately, although it may seem like a bit of water on the sills or the likes, the damage that can be caused by condensation can result in large repair costs and detrimental damage to your converted container. If you can spot any of the following signs of condensation below, it is vital that you container a shipping container specialist to assess the extent of the issue. However, if you believe your container to be condensation-free at present, then make yourself aware of these tell-tale signs to avoid any unnecessary future repairs:

  • Material Staining
  • Equipment Damage
  • Water on Windows or Walls
  • Metal Damage
  • Slip Hazards
  • Coating & Adhesive Damage
  • Mould growth and mildew
  • Poor Insulation Performance

How can I prevent moisture that leads to condensation?

If your shipping container is already showing signs of condensation, the best thing to do is to seek the help of a professional to assess the extent of the issue and more importantly, arrange for repair. However, if you believe your container is free of condensation, there are a number of preventative measure you can take:

  • Check any pipes/plumbing for leaks or holes causing leaks
  • Use a portable dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air
  • Ensure showers are appropriately ventilated
  • Install an exhaust hood over your cooker/oven
  • Use an air conditioning unit in dry mode
  • Appropriately ventilate with doors, windows and vents
  • Avoid enclosure of wet building materials during construction
  • Check that your tumble dryer vent exhausts outside the container
  • Ensure your container has appropriate exterior sealing

Can I test my shipping container for condensation?

Condensation occurs when warm air collides with cold surfaces, or when there’s too much humidity in your container. When this moisture-packed warm air comes into contact with a cool surface, it cools down quickly and releases the water, which turns into liquid drops on the cold surface, creating condensation. 

In order to test your container condensation, you can do this in two ways. The first is to assess the interior surfaces. If any walls, windows or surfaces show water, then this is cause for concern. If the amount of water visible is not severe, then trial some preventative measures in order to check if you can fix the issue with simple measures. If not, seek the help of a specialist.

The second way to test your shipping container for condensation is to assess the temperature, relative humidity and dew point of the inside of your container against the outside of your container. Of course, indoor temperature is always personal preference. A digital thermometer/hygrometer can measure indoor and outdoor humidity and temperature.

Helpful? We certainly hope so! Your shipping container conversion is built to last, so be sure to keep it that way. Take the necessary precautions to protect your container against natural elements that can lead to significant damage and costly repairs. When properly maintained, just like your home, your converted container will remain to be free of deterioration and will keep the pennies in your pocket.

If you would like to discuss an idea for a shipping container conversion with us, or you’d like some further pointers or professional tips to adequately protect your current container conversion against condensation, please call the Universal Containers team on 0845 050 0330 or email andy@universal-containers.com for friendly, no obligation advice.