How to maximize the life of your shipping container and make it stand the test of time

If you've ever wondered the lifespan of a shipping container and how to extend it, you've come to the right place. Here, we unveil practical secrets to help your investment last as long as possible.


This is the crucial question. Below, we not only explore the lifespan of a container but also strategies to further extend it.

Maritime containers are incredibly durable! One of their key advantages is their lifespan, which typically ranging from 10 to 12 years when used for transporting goods. With proper maintenance, they can last for more than 25 years in less demanding applications.

However, their lifespan depends on environmental factors and care. While they're designed to withstand tough conditions, exposure to humid and salty climates can reduce their longevity.


Enhance the lifespan of your containers with these indispensable tips we're sharing:

  • Door and Window Maintenance: Due to frequent use, doors and windows are prone to damage or wear. Regular maintenance is essential to ensure they function optimally.
    Cleaning and Lubrication: Use a commercial cleaner to eliminate dirt, grit, or rust from door hinges and window bars. Keep them well lubricated with a suitable lubricating spray or grease.
  • Seal Inspection: Rubber door and window seals typically last around ten years before they deteriorate or lose their sealing capability. Keep them clean and promptly replace any that show signs of cracking or wear.
  • Modification Care: Minimize cuts or openings in your container. Ensure modifications are adequately insulated, as they're susceptible to moisture and can cause damage internally and externally.
  • Floor Inspection: Regularly check the container floor for cracks or signs of rot. If issues are found, consider repairing or replacing damaged sections. Applying polyurethane or epoxy coatings can help extend the floor's lifespan.
  • Implement a Preventive Maintenance Program: If your container incorporates pipes or is refrigerated, schedule routine maintenance with specialized technicians to address potential issues proactively.
  • Moisture Prevention: Moisture exposure is a major cause of container corrosion. Placing the container on a foundation helps prevent moisture absorption from the ground.
    Rely on Professionals: Improper handling during transport, installation, relocation, or modification can significantly impact a container's lifespan. Always hire experienced professionals with the necessary knowledge and equipment for these tasks.


Remember that containers are made from weather-resistant Corten steel, engineered to withstand the elements and resist corrosion. Container steel is known for its strength and reliability, often used in structures like bridges. Additionally, the corrugated panels welded to reinforced steel beams offer exceptional resilience. Doors and floors are constructed from 1-¼” marine-grade plywood, adding an extra layer of durability. Although unmodified containers are wind and watertight, they are still susceptible to rust.


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