Storage containers are primarily used as a transport and storage medium for international trade. These are made of high grade steel and are completely leak proof, rust free and extremely sturdy. They come in standard shapes and therefore are easy to be stacked and arranged. The length and height of the containers may vary but the width (breadth) is more or less standard, at eight feet. Because of the sturdiness and the ability to withstand elements of nature, storage containers have become very popular for other uses too. The simple design of these containers enables easy modifications to be done and this has increased the utility of the containers in many walks of life.
A very popular use for storage containers is in the form of storage utility, for outdoor storage. These containers can rest firmly and easily on any surface, be it grass or gravel. The containers also come with a sturdy door and a robust locking mechanism, which is very safe from damage. This means that they can be placed conveniently within the compounds of houses and stores and this has greatly benefitted people, as a form of storage without the need of constructing a separate building for this purpose.
Storage containers are also modified and used as offices or sometimes, even as houses. They are highly resistant to climatic elements and are easily modifiable to suit the requirements. In fact, there are many suppliers who specialize in modifying storage containers for office and residence purposes. Extra additions like electrical wiring, plumbing and flooring can easily be added to the containers and the end result is an aesthetically acceptable, sturdily adapted work environment or house. Additional doors and windows can also be added to these containers to make them more comfortable for habitation.
Storage containers are also a very popular form of perishable goods storage units. The containers are inherently insulated but extra insulation can be easily added to enable them to maintain low temperatures for long durations. In fact, temperatures can also be regulated and this makes them one of the most efficient and cost efficient cold storage units in the world. Specialized cold storage containers can be placed even in open outdoor environment and yet are very effective in maintaining temperatures. Customized storage containers have evolved greatly; they have transformed themselves into a highly customizable utility unit that is far more advanced that the actual purpose they were initially built for.