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Friday 31 May 2013 Filed in: General

Yes, there is more to shipping containers than a uniform metal box - especially when it takes on the job of providing storage or accommodation for business use. While cargo doors (the original doors manufactured for all shipping containers) are a necessary requirement for shipping, and indeed meet the needs of the job perfectly, they don't always provide the best option for other uses the container will frequently go on to. We now offer five distinct door styles for shipping container products. Read on to demystify the confusion over the number of different door types you will find on containers, what they are for and how to make an informed choice when choosing the right one for you.

When browsing our products you may find the container you want already has the right door for your requirements. If not then we have our own on site workshops which specialise in fabricating and fitting new doors, so all you need to do is specify the doors you require - to make this straightforward we have classified our doors into five types:

S1 doors

  • Description: Flat steel panels, lightweight, single locking bar
  • Advantages: Reduced weight makes them easier to use than shipping container doors
  • Recommended for: Storage containers for schools, clubs and domestic storage, frequent use

Compressed door seals

An optional extra for S1 doors - these are attached to the inside of the container door and compress to form a watertight seal when the door is closed. Cost - £65 plus VAT

S2 doors

  • Description: Original shipping container cargo doors, thick corrugated steel, rubber sealed, two locking bars
  • Advantages: Unbeatable security and guards against all forms of water ingress
  • Recommended for: Heavy duty storage, especially construction sites

S3 doors

  • Description: Flat steel panels, lightweight, double locking arms, rubber seal (unique to Containers Direct)
  • Advantages: Combines the best features of S1 and S2 doors
  • Recommended for: Storage of items easily damaged by moisture – ie paperwork, fabrics, furniture

Please note there is a surcharge on the price of our S3 doors on high cube containers. Ask our Sales team for a price.

S4 doors

  • Description: ROLLER SHUTTERS - open upwards, fully welded galvanised steel, padlockable both ends
  • Advantages: More space for loading/unloading, especially if using forklifts
  • Recommended for: Conversions used for business units – ie mobile food bars, market stalls, garage workshops

S5 doors

  • Description: PERSONNEL DOORS - front door style and size, steel, multi deadlocks, rubber sealed, thermal insulated
  • Advantages: Convenient for daily use, aesthetically pleasing and professional appearance, very secure
  • Recommended for: Containers in very frequent use, office conversions and business premises conversions

No need to be restricted to one door!

Depending upon the size of the container, additional doors can be fitted to the space available. A combination of door types can be used. Here a just a few examples of recent door conversions:
  • The cargo door was left in place on the end of the container, and a personnel door fitted in the long side
  • An additional door was fitted onto the opposite end to create a tunnel effect
  • Two sets of S1 doors were fitted into the side of a 20ft container to create a fully opening side

For further information and to discuss options please call any of our sales team on 0800 061 2575


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