FAQs

Why buy a container from SquaredBlue?

Squaredblue Containers are committed to ensuring that our clients are fully appraised of the whole process when buying a container, from the initial selection of the type of container, through to the way it will be delivered and when.

Our clients range from Formula 1 racing teams through to individuals that undertake a one off purchase. Whether complete health and safety risk inspections need to be undertaken including method statements or simply a detailed conversation with one off purchasers our team is dedicated to ensuring the whole process runs smoothly.

All our containers are CSC plated. This is your guarantee of quality as it certifies that your container is fit for all cargo carrying purposes, be it by road, rail, and sea.
Of course, you may only wish to use your container for storing your goods securely in the UK, in which case you have the security of knowing that the structural integrity of the container is internationally sound and that it is fit for purpose.

 

How do I arrange delivery?

Now that you have decided that a 20ft used container (or indeed a 40ft one) will meet your needs you have to either collect it or arrange for us to deliver it. Most customers leave the delivery to us but do bear in mind that if you wish to self-collect the container then it needs to be done with a lorry with ‘twist locks’. If we deliver it then we do so using Hi Ab vehicles. This means that we can lift the container into your chosen site, providing that the lorry has sufficient access.

The lorry that delivers the container is a large heavy vehicle that requires unrestricted access to your chosen site. If you have any doubt at all about access then you must send photos to us so that we can advise. To assist you with this process we have a check list that we send prior to delivery so that you can work through the process making sure everything runs smoothly.

Can I choose the container colour?

A particular colour is often requested and whilst this cannot be guaranteed we will always try our best to supply you with a container of the colour you want. Some customers choose to have their container resprayed on site to fit the location but of course that is a matter for them.

Do we buy back containers?

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

Are shipping container weathertight?

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.

What are shipping containers made from?

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.

How are shipping container kept secure?

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.

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.

Do I need 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.

What do I need to do before my container arrives?

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.