What is the difference between a wind and water tight container and a cargo worthy container besides the price?
Wind and water tight containers have simply been retired by the ship line because of age. There is no guarantee as to their condition because they haven't been inspected. You are essentially "rolling the dice" when you purchase one of these because you might wind up with one that is water tight but then again, you may not.
A cargo worthy container is one where someone has paid the container yard to inspect the container and "grade" it based on the container's condition. You don't have to "roll the dice" on these containers because they are guaranteed to be water tight with the door seals in good shape. The price difference between a wind and water tight vs a cargo worthy container is usually only a couple hundred dollars and we believe worth it for the guarantee. This is the reason we prefer to sell cargo worthy containers and offer the guarantee!
Why purchase a shipping container??
Cheap, Plentiful? ...Strength? In the beginning, the greatest interest in ISBU Shipping Container homes and construction seemed to be the need to remove hundreds of thousands of surplus Shipping Containers sitting in U.S. and other Global ports. By 2005 there were an estimated 700,000 sitting in U.S. ports alone due to the exploding growth of imports from China. The second reason for all the interest globally was the low cost of construction. Owning a small home or apartment seemed to gather much interest. But by the end of 2007 the stocks at U.S. ports were reportedly down about 25% and according to readers and Members of the ISBU Association, the biggest interest now was the incredible strength and versatility of an ISBU, not the surplus or low cost.
ISBU Shipping Container Homes Are Here To Stay? After nearly 5 years of much publicity, hype and interest, it seems ISBU construction is not a Fad, but an incredible growing trend. ...not because of the U.S. and global economy, but because ISBU modules are so strong, easy to use, and versatile--almost like stacking blocks. Although some builders, such as Travelodge build a frame and then insert the ISBU's 8 or more levels high, other even larger builders such as Container City, SG Blocks, and Tempo Housing, are very successful with just stacking them as the ocean shipping companies do, then connect them to each other. ...a definite Trend, not a Fad.
Unibody Construction Although unibody construction is the strongest and most common body architecture in automobiles, SUV's, yachts, and airplanes today, you may not realize that connecting multiple ISBU shipping containers together is also unibody construction. In fact, by connecting multiple ISBU modules together, whether multiple one-level, or multiple ten-level, you have created the ultimate unibody construction unit with far more strength than the already, super stronger container alone. If you are impressed with the strength and durability of just one ISBU, imagine the incredible strength when 2, 4, 6, or 100 are connected top, bottom, and sides. Even with fairly extreme modification and wall cut outs, the strength of multiple ISBU's is far greater than any conventional home or building. The total ISBU shipping container structure becomes a single "honeycomb" unit.
The Uses for ISBU Construction are Absolutely Endless...
Storage Boxes- safe, vandal resistant - Products - Instant warehouse - Construction supplies - Farm equipment - Security storage - Home storage sheds
PreFab Construction- pre-modified units - Construction offices - Work shops, home - Work shops, business - Sales offices - Laboratories - Shower modules - Restrooms & Toilets - Kitchens - Canteens - Business Kiosks - Classrooms - Refrigerators / Freezers - Emergency Housing - Emergency Office - Computer Data Centers - Garages - Recreation Vehicles
Modular Construction Blocks- multiple container units - Housing, traditional architecture - Housing, low income - Apartments - Condominiums - Campus housing - Mountain homes - Trendy homes - Office buildings - Storage units - Multi-car garages - Commercial U-Store type storage units - Emergency Shelters
Benefits of ISBU construction- - Strongest building construction on the planet - Earthquake proof - Fire proof - Tornado / Hurricane proof - Strong non-corrosion Corten steel - Extreme security - Recyclable - Green construction and modifications - Saves trees - Unibody construction - Ideal for multiple floors and levels - Fast construction - Insulation: bonds easily with space-age Ceramic insulations - Exceeds U.S. Building Codes - Easily adapted to Prefab automation - Easily adapted to Custom homes - Economically covered with traditional stucco, vinyl siding, woods, or brick