What Are Shipping Container Floors Made Of?

Shipping containers have greatly improved the efficiency of the methods used to store and transport goods. When shipping containers were first introduced, they provided a secure and convenient way to transport cargo across the globe. Nowadays, shipping containers are used in various shipping and storage applications and can also be converted into bespoke buildings and structures.

Shipping containers are largely considered to be one of the most well-built and durable structures in the world. They are usually constructed from corrugated steel, which is one of the strongest metals on earth. The flooring of shipping containers must be extremely strong to safely withstand heavy loads. For instance, a 20ft shipping container can weigh up to 44,000 lbs once loaded. Most shipping containers are constructed from full steel, except for the flooring, which is built from heavy-duty wood such as plywood.

What are shipping container floors made from?

Most shipping container floors are made from heavy-duty wood. Our shipping container floors are constructed of loadbearing 30mm marine plywood, which is placed over steel floor bearers. The wood panels are varnished with a protective coating before being fitted in the container to ensure that any bugs or pests are eliminated.

How are shipping container floors constructed?

In most cases, the bottom of the shipping container is manufactured using a sheet of steel. This is then cut to size before being sanded and corrugated to improve the overall strength and durability of the structure. Square tubing is placed around the edges of the steel sheet to give it even more strength. Typically, the shipping container is then sent to be primed and painted before the wooden floor beams are fitted.

Once the container has been painted, the wooden beams are placed over the steel floor bearers to create an even flooring. Then, the wooden beams are secured using a drill and screws. Finally, an angle grinder is used to sand the floor and ensure that there are no rough edges.

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Shipping containers can be used in a diverse range of applications, including storage, shipping and conversions. We offer a wide selection of new and used 10ft, 20ft and 40ft shipping containers for both purchase and hire. As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of shipping containers, you can have complete confidence in our ability to find the right container for your needs. If you would like to find out more about shipping containers, then give our friendly advisors a call today.

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