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Shipping container structures are known to be affordable, mobile, and secure, but a trait that is just as important—and yet often overlooked—is a shipping container’s convenience. Shipping container doors offer accessibility to the structures, so choosing the right door is a vital step in the design process. To start, we recommend you answer the following questions:
Once these questions have clear answers, you will be able to select from the following options.
Cargo doors are heavy-duty, weather-tight, and secure swinging doors located at the end of a container. They use a cam and lock system which ensures that the contents inside the container are protected against theft and environmental threats.
Use cargo doors if,
Personnel doors are made of steel and are carefully welded into the wall of the container to ensure that the structure remains wind and water-resistant. The insulated core of a personnel door works to keep containers cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Additionally, these doors come with a deadbolt and steel lever handle, so opting for a personnel door won’t compromise the security of your portable buildings. Instead, personnel doors will help keep important papers and valuable items safe. If extra security is desired, consider adding a keypad entry.
Use a personnel door if,
Shipping container roll-up doors, sometimes called overhead doors, are different from cargo doors in that they lift from the bottom and roll up inside the container. They are lockable, easily unlatched, and lightweight. Roll-up doors are also welded into the container wall and can be installed anywhere along the side walls or at the ends of the container.
Shipping container roll-up doors come in a variety of widths and styles including those that are extreme-duty and wind-rated for particular environments.
Use a roll-up door if,
Sliding glass doors are the same height and width as double-wide personnel doors but are made of durable glass framed with vinyl. These doors come with secure locks that leave the interior protected, although they shouldn’t be considered as secure as the alternative doors mentioned since they are transparent.
Use a sliding glass door if,
Shipping containers with side doors come with a variety of options. Sometimes people request personnel doors, roll-up doors, and occasionally cargo-style doors to add to the long side of a container. No matter where these doors are installed on a container they should be reinforced with proper framing.
Use side doors if,
For larger containers, especially those that use a combination of storage and work space, it’s common to consider multiple entryways. Extra doors are one of the most popular modification options for shipping containers.
The design of a shipping container structure should fit the specific needs of that particular project. Whether you need to frequently access the interior of your container or move items in and out with ease, there’s a door option—or multiple—that can help.
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