These days, steel containers are used in a wide range of applications including shipping, storage and conversions. Merging shipping containers can help you maximise space, reduce costs and customise your container structure to match your exact requirements. With that in mind, here are the key things you should know about merging shipping containers.
Benefits of merging shipping containers
Shipping containers are often used as a basis for container conversion projects, i.e., shipping container homes or offices. Most shipping containers come in standard sizes of 10ft, 20ft or 40ft and have a standard width of 8ft. This can prove to be an issue when you have a large space to fill. Merging shipping containers allows you to create a custom structure that meets your space requirements. Joining containers allows you to create a more spacious, comfortable and functional unit. Often, containers are merged side by side to create a large container home or to utilise the available floor space and create extra storage capacity. Merging containers is still cheaper than building a property using traditional materials like brick. Plus, it encourages upcycling and helps to protect the environment from pollution.
How to merge shipping containers
In order to merge two or more shipping containers, an experienced engineer must cut away the long sides of the containers. The openings are then reinforced using steel tubing. Once this has been completed, the containers are placed side by side to create one large unit. This is referred to as a clear span. The containers are joined together using bolts and welding to ensure that they are secure and cannot move. It is essential that the units are perfectly level and sealed to prevent any water leaks or damage. Large structures often require extra reinforcing columns to make sure that the overall structure is safe. It is always advisable to contact a professional container company if you are interested in merging two or more containers. In most cases, containers can be separated to facilitate easy transport if the units need to be moved to a different site.
Have any questions?
Merging containers allows individuals and businesses to create the ideal container structure that they desire. Joining multiple containers together will create a larger and more functional unit and allow you to utilise your available space. Merging containers is relatively straightforward, but you will require the assistance of a specialised engineer. Our team has over 40 years of experience in selling, hiring and modifying shipping containers. Give our friendly advisors a call if you have any questions about merging containers or about shipping containers in general.