How to Choose an Outdoor Equipment Enclosure to Withstand the Elements

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Nov 10, 2021
How to Choose an Outdoor Equipment Enclosure to Withstand the Elements

Does your company rely on equipment that needs to be kept outdoors? If so, you know that a good outdoor equipment enclosure protects sensitive equipment from the elements. Many organizations know that proactively planning for harsh weather is no small task. In fact, abnormal weather disrupts the performance of 70% of businesses worldwide. So, as you plan to purchase an outdoor equipment enclosure, consider the following tips to ensure it withstands the elements.

Choose a durable structure

outdoor equipment enclosure shipping container with HVAC

Companies frequently choose modular, prefabricated enclosures built from wood, steel, concrete, or even modified shipping containers. Each of these options offers different levels of durability and customization.

While it may seem obvious, choosing a durable unit matters. You should research the types of weather common for your location to better understand what kind of enclosure you need. Is extreme heat or cold a factor in how your equipment performs? Does heavy snowfall, or frequent rain make it difficult for your equipment to be serviced? What natural disasters might occur which could damage sensitive equipment if it’s not secured properly? Knowing what you’re working against will help you better prepare for your future outdoor equipment enclosure.

Climate control for hot and cold locations

shipping container equipment enclosure

Climate control keeps your equipment at an ideal temperature, but air conditioning and heating requirements become vital when you need to combat a severe local climate. For example, passive solutions might not be effective for a structure under the hot Texas sun. Instead, consider active closed-loop air conditioners and filtered fans that help circulate cool air and move hot air through an exhaust.

Don’t neglect paint and sealant

man painting exterior of shipping container

Not only does a good coat of exterior paint make an outdoor equipment enclosure look nice, but it also helps protect the unit from weather damage. Help minimize the possibility of water damage by getting the appropriate paint, sealant, or epoxy applied to the unit. If you choose to house your equipment in a steel shipping container, repainting it will help prevent rust in wetter climates – ensuring that the structure will last many years to come.

Reinforce ceilings for heavy snow loads

factory after snowfall

If snow is common in your area, consider reinforcing the roof to withstand heavy snow loads. Your equipment enclosure manufacturer can walk you through your options.

Find the right outdoor equipment enclosure for you

Specialty equipment ranges in size, shape, purpose, and ability, so there isn’t a one size fits all enclosure solution. For this reason, it’s important that you find – or customize – the unit that best protects your important equipment for you or your customers. If you’d like to learn more about the possibilities of modified shipping container enclosures, that’s our expertise! Give us a call at 877-704-0177 or reach us at sales@falconstructures.com to get more information about whether or not a modified container enclosure is right for your equipment.

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