How to Choose Safe, Secure, and Long-Lasting Oilfield Housing

When it comes to oilfield housing, companies have several options, but how can they make the right choice for workers? It starts with understanding what the housing options are. Consider first that most oilfield sites are surrounded by rural areas and often lack infrastructure so options can feel limited. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the types of oilfield housing to help make your decision easier.


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Believe it or not, in some towns hotels are an option for oilfield housing. The good thing about hotels is that they’re already taken care of—they’re often built and managed by someone else—but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re convenient. Hotels aren’t on an oilfield site, meaning workers will still have to commute to work. Additionally, for many companies, hotels are a more expensive oilfield housing option.

Mobile Homes and Skid Homes

Mobile homes and skid homes are similar, the former is often on a chassis while the latter is built on rails or beams. Both structures are modular and temporary, making them a great option for quick deployment and short-term housing. A major downside to this style of structures is that they’re often considered feeble, which can pose problems for the sometimes harsher climate on oilfields.

Modified Shipping Containers

shipping container oilfield housing

Modified shipping containers have helped many companies house employees, although the idea might surprise people at first. Manufacturing teams transform them into comfortable living spaces with climate control, insulation, windows, and more. The big benefits of container oilfield housing are that they’re incredibly durable, easy to transport and relocate, and scalable. The downside is that some companies are still unfamiliar with container housing options.

Let’s take a deeper look at what modified containers bring to the table:

1. Easy & Quick to Deploy

Container structures are prefabricated offsite and prepared for simple set-up, including easy connection to electricity and plumbing. No site preparation is necessary other than a level surface.

2. Secure

Constructed of heavy-duty, 16-gauge steel, shipping containers are incredibly difficult to break into. There is no other functional space in the market that is as secure as a shipping container. With options for added security such as keypad entry or motion-sensor lighting, you can request customizations to your containers.

interior shipping container oilfield housing

3. Easily Relocatable

Shipping containers easily fit onto a truck to make transportation simple. Containers also have logistics handling points that make them easy to lift, move, and stack.

4. Durable

Not only are containers structurally secure, but they are also resistant to wind, water, and pests. Shipping containers are designed to withstand open ocean conditions and are reinforced prior to modification. Additionally, modified containers are built to last and have a lifespan of 25+ years, unlike other modular structures.

5. Customizable

Shipping containers are highly customizable, even though common container products make shopping for a structure easy. If you need extra doors, windows, or even a more complex enclosure, modified container manufacturing teams will walk you through that process.

If you’d like to learn more about shipping container housing directly from an expert, give us a call at 877-704-0177 or email us at We’ll advise on how containers can help meet your oilfield housing needs.

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