Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have questions about shipping containers? You're not alone. Below are a some frequently asked questions and answers to help. Here you can learn more about:
Q: Why should I choose a shipping container over a brick and mortar building or other modular structure?
A: A shipping container is an inherently cost-effective, strong and secure solution for functional, mobile space - even before modifying it at any level. No other structure can meet that criteria. Learn the 7 reasons why you choose choose a shipping container.
Q: What can shipping containers be used for?
A: Shipping containers can be utilized for commercial, industrial, housing and institutional applications. Uses include storage space, office space, breakrooms, industrial enclosures, workforce housing, hunting cabins and more.
Q: Where do the shipping containers come from?
A: Falcon has a sophisticated supply chain that enables us to obtain the best containers from all over the world.
Q: What types of containers do you use?
A: We repurpose used shipping containers. Many of our containers have only been used one time and are in “like new” condition.
Q: How do I know I'm getting a quality container to start with?
A: When containers arrive at our facility, we ensure they meet our strict criteria for quality prior to beginning any work. If you’d like, you can even visit our location and pick the exact container you’d like us to use.
Q: Do you provide products to individuals or only businesses?
A: We sell to individuals as well as small businesses, large corporations and government/military.
Q: Do you have standard floor plans?
A: Yes, we have many standard floor plans for a variety of applications. We offer simple configurations for easily accessing and organizing storage space - including climate controlled storage. For offices, living or other functional space, we have floor plans which have been refined over thousands of projects to reflect what works the best for most people. Contact us for floor plan diagrams.
Q: Can you custom design my shipping container?
A: Falcon is proud to offer pre-engineered shipping container products with standard options that meet or exceed most requirements. Should additional customizations be required, we’re happy to consult with you to provide a solution.
Q: I want more/different windows, doors, etc. Can I add those?
A: Falcon can add additional standard windows and doors. Adding windows and doors which are not Falcon standard requires a consultation and could incur additional costs and lead time.
Q: Can you provide furniture in the container?
A: For loose furniture, Falcon recommends customer self-selection and self-installation.
Q: Can I have the unit completely self-contained so I don’t have to hook up to site utilities? For example, using Solar?
A: Furnishing a container to be self-contained is absolutely possible but is not a low-cost option. Please contact Falcon to schedule a consultation.
Q: I want the side hinged so it folds up and makes an awning. Can I do that?
A: Creating an awning from the exterior container wall is not recommended due to safety concerns. Contact us to recommend possible alternatives.
Q: Can I have a rooftop skylight/deck/garden/etc?
A: While we do not recommend cutting into the roof of a container, we can and have constructed many decks including railings, ladders and staircases.
Q: Can I have the entire side cut out?
A: Yes, however, the steel in the wall of a container is integral to its strength. If the wall is cut out, it must be reinforced with steel in order to maintain its shape and sturdiness. Contact us to discuss your project.
Q: Can I have granite counter tops or other high-end finishes?
A: Falcon’s products have been proven effective in the container environment and are guaranteed to withstand the wear and tear of transportation. Many customer specified interior products or finishes can be accommodated. Often we recommend alternative materials or self-installation once the product is delivered.
Q: Do you build custom residential shipping container homes?
A: Customers will need to work with a General Contractor to manage their custom home project. We can work with the GC to manufacture the container portion of the structure. We also have standard floor plans for a ready-to-use living environment and a hunting cabin.
Q: Can you deliver?
A: Yes, we can arrange delivery of your shipping container. Please contact us for a quote to your exact delivery location.
**For deliveries beyond 200 miles from our office, a crane or forklift is required to unload
Q: What site preparation do I need to do?
A: Standard Falcon floor plans do not require any foundation, steps, ramps, tie downs or skirting. Where applicable, connections to power, water, and waste may be required. Additionally, Falcon recommends a level surface for comfort.
Q: How do I hook up electrical and plumbing to my unit?
A: Electrical and plumbing can both be connected very easily by a licensed electrician or plumber through external portals on the container.
Q: I want to start small and add on later. Can I do that?
A: The modular nature of container building is one of its benefits. To have containers joined on-site will require the use of a general contractor.
Q: What building codes pertain to my project?
A: Container structures are not currently regulated by the The International Building Code (IBC) or any other regulatory agency. However, the International Code Council (ICC) has recently recommended that container construction be included for future regulation. Until then, it’s Falcon Structures’ intent to follow the general regulatory guidelines set forth by the IBC that apply to the scope of each project. For residential use, we suggest all our customers check their local city building codes or Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) before beginning their project.
Q: Can I bury it and make a bunker/basement/storm shelter?
A: The walls, roof and floor of a container are not strong enough to withstand the pressure from dirt or water. We absolutely do not recommend burying a container to any depth.
Q: How does Falcon’s ordering system work?
A: Our ordering process is fast and simple. A quick consultation will allow us to understand your needs and in turn we will provide a quote for your approval. Before production however, you’ll receive and approve drawings to ensure the container is produced to your specifications.
Q: How long will it take to fulfill my order?
A: The current lead time on a standard floor plan is 4-8 weeks. Any desired changes to our standard plans requires review by our Design and Engineering team. We’ll provide you with a completion time following the evaluation.
Q: If I buy in volume, can I get a discount?
A: Falcon prides itself on operational efficiency and being able to offer all customers fair pricing. If an order positively impacts to our ability to purchase raw materials from our suppliers, price savings will be passed through to the customer.
Q: Can I have an architectural/CAD/3D drawing of a Falcon container?
A: We provide Work Instruction drawings for customer approval prior to beginning any work. Please note, there are variations between manufacturers of containers. These variations include corrugation patterns, construction techniques, floor materials, and even exact size. For this reason it is not possible to provide drawings or models beyond the Work Instructions.
Q: What if I need repairs to my container?
A: If your container remains under warranty, Falcon will handle qualifying repairs. For required repairs outside of warranty, please contact us and we’ll be happy to recommend a qualified repair professional.