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Will My Shipping Container Be Wind and Water Resistant?

Aug 19, 2020
Will My Shipping Container Be Wind and Water Resistant?

Shipping containers are well known for their portability and versatility. However, it can be easy to forget that they are also incredibly secure structures. The durability of weather resistant containers has led to an increase in the popularity of shipping containers as workforce housing, storage units, and offices. These units can effectively shield against extreme winds, precipitation, and even burglary.

It’s important to note that shipping containers, when used as cargo boxes, are considered wind and watertight, meaning they seal out wind and water. Protection against these elements allows containers to travel at sea, keeping the stored contents safe. However, after manufacturers modify containers, the units are no longer considered wind and watertight due to the changes made to the original structure. It is up to the manufactures of repurposed containers to ensure the unit is weather resistant, meaning the unit can withstand the effects of weather. Modified containers are still impressively reliable structures, even if they aren’t considered wind and watertight for sea travel.

How Reliable Are Weather Resistant Containers?


Shipping containers are durable boxes that carry valuable items across seas. Once modifications are made, manufacturers utilize the durable corten steel exteriors and the sturdy rectangular shapes to create modified structures that remain resistant to harsh weather.

The core structure of a modified shipping container is a steel box, designed to withstand a great deal of transportation while protecting its contents. Thanks to the high-quality corten steel, shipping containers are impervious to water and wind. Even larger units or those stacked on top of one another remain weather resistant as they evolve into new uses.

All shipping container structures must serve first as protection against the outdoors. Weather resistant containers can withstand not only fluctuating temperatures, but storms and heavy winds, which they prove as cargo boxes traveling across oceans. As manufacturers modify shipping containers, they remain resistant to strong winds and weather.

Safe and Secure Shipping Containers


Reputable shipping container modification companies carefully manufacture units to protect against wind and water. In addition to protecting against major weather events, modified shipping containers can be modified to guard against everyday weather issues, such as changes in temperature and humidity. This often means adding air conditioning units as well as insulation.

Additional security modifications can further protect container structures from external forces – even potential intruders. For example, different lock options, burglar bars on windows, and latch guards can deter potential threats and keep the contents of a shipping container structure secure.

If you wish to recertify your container structure as wind and watertight – to place the container back on a ship to travel by sea – you’ll need to contact the Approved Continuous Examination Program. This organization inspects shipping containers as cargo boxes, and they are responsible for distributing the CSC plates that certify sea travel. Learn more about this certification here.

Creating Your Own Weather Resistant Container

As you look to design your own container structure that protects against changing weather and other potential threats, make sure you know your options. Here at Falcon, we offer predesigned floor plans that work for storage, office space, living space, equipment enclosures, bathrooms, and more. If none of these options fit your needs, we’re happy to discuss a customized container project to get you exactly what you’re looking for. Let us know how we can help by giving us a call at  877-704-0177 or email us at Sales@FalconStructures.com.

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