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Corten steel containers are shipping containers manufactured from a special compound of steel developed to give the best protection around against the elements - short of keeping the container indoors! Trademarked as COR-TEN, but more commonly known as weathering steel because of its resistance to atmospheric corrosion compared to other steels. Because shipping containers are constantly exposed to the atmospheric weathering, including sea water, without added protection they would very quickly turn into old rust buckets!

The science behind weathering steel

From manufacture, Corten steel containers will give at least 20 years of problem free use , because the steel forms a protective layer on the surface under the influence of the weather. It is in fact exposure to the weather that enables the corrosion-retardant surface to develop and regenerate by forming a stable layer of surface rust. This may sound contradictory, but it's actually by allowing the steel to rust on the surface that provides it with a protective coating. It can be described as 'self-healing'. No other form of treatment or coating is required with corten steel.

Corten steel containers are in good company with many high profile bridges and outdoor sculptures also made from corten steel. The Angel of the North is a fine example of an outdoor corten steel structure.

Great for shipping and storage

If you are buying a container for storage and not shipping, bear in mind it is only shipping containers that are made from corten steel. This is why shipping containers make excellent storage containers too, and have an advantage over containers built specifically for storage as they are less susceptible to damage and will last much longer.

Corten steel products at Containers Direct

We have something to suit all budgets:

We also use corten steel containers for office conversions and cut down products, to give our customers a wider range of choice and flexibility. Cut down containers can be made to any size and we offer a choice of different door styles, additional doors, repositioned doors, anti condensation treatments and repainting

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