Which Climates Are Suitable For Shipping Container Homes?

You may have heard of the concept of shipping container homes and were wondering what they mean and if they were really worth the hype. Shipping container homes are homes built out of shipping containers. You can build one by yourself by renting or buying good quality shipping containers from Storstac or find a builder who can build it for you. Shipping container homes are believed to be a lot less expensive compared to traditional homes. They can be constructed quite easily and quickly. There are several online videos that can help you with it. They look quite impressive and unique and can give quite an edgy and contemporary vibe to your home. And the icing on the cake? They are environmentally sustainable as you are essentially using a shipping container and turning it into something usable, helping to recycle.

Although the popularity of shipping container homes is rapidly growing and some of them do look stunning, there are many other factors that are crucial to consider when it comes to building a shipping container home. One of the most common questions that many people have regarding shipping container homes is which climates are suitable?

Hot climate

One of the best ways to keep your container home cool in the summer is to prevent heat and direct sunlight. Typically, it is best to have your container home in complete shade to minimize the impact of sunlight and heat to your indoors. To maintain cooler temperatures in your container home, you can also plant a few trees and bushes around your property so that a thick canopy of leaves can protect your home against direct sunlight and resulting heat. If you are using trees and bushes to block the sun, one thing to consider is the orientation of your home. For areas of your home that get maximum sunlight during peak sun hours (such as noon), need extra protection from the sun, plant your shading plants carefully so that they can protect you against the intense sunlight and heat.

Cold climate

If you are looking to build a container home in a colder climate, you will need to construct it in such a way that it blocks the outside cold air from getting inside. In the absence of proper insulation, it can be quite difficult to maintain warmer indoor temperatures for container homes. Typically, if container homes are not insulated well to preserve the heat generated by the indoor heating equipment, you may be potentially looking at huge energy expenditures. There are many options when it comes to maintaining warm indoor temperatures for container homes. Some of the most popular ones are spray-foam, panels and blanket insulation. Most container homeowners prefer to have spray foam insulation which provides a seamless vapour barrier while controlling condensation. Usually, though it is applied internally, you can also expect it to be sprayed on the external shell of the container. If you are looking for portable storage, shipping containers for rent, or shipping containers for sale, contact Storstac for good quality shipping containers at reasonable prices.

Five Important Stages for Shipping Container Construction

When building a shipping container, it’s necessary to take the proper steps and go through the proper channels. Regardless of whether you’re constructing this container for storage or as a home, here are five steps that should be completed during the process.

Setting a Budget

Planning out how your building funds will be distributed throughout the construction of this shipping container before the building actually begins will stop you from making the same mistake many builders do: running out of money. Creating a realistic budget will lead to less confusion and chaos during the building project. Determine the size and features that will be going into the build and don’t deviate from that plan, as you’re guaranteed to go over budget if you continuously change things during construction. It’s also important to have a contingency fund stashed away for emergencies that were unforeseen in the planning phase.

Preparing the Site

This step is often overlooked when builders are constructing shipping containers themselves, on their own lots. While a boring task, it’s crucial to the building process, as clearing away unnecessary material creates an even working field without interruption. This also helps you to better determine whether the land you’re about to build on is suitable, with the proper access necessary for large trucks to pass through and deliver materials. To save money, prepare the site yourself.

The Proper Permits

Without the proper building and zoning permits, the process of building a shipping container will stop before it’s even begun. If these shipping containers are being built to be used as a home, pop up shop or restaurant, then it’s important that your local planning department is on board with your plans. Building without the proper permits in place will mean that all the hard work and money that went into constructing that shipping container home or cafe will be demolished.

Insulation Installation

Planning on building a shipping container for people to live in or spend time in? Then it needs to be properly insulated, especially for colder climates. This will make or break the overall usefulness of the container, unless it’s simply for storage purposes. Errors in the insulation installation will result in ineffective energy efficiency, losing both heat and moisture within the container. Instead of trying to save money on energy bills, it will likely cost more. Regardless of the insulation standard that’s chosen, it needs to be installed correctly to be effective.

Rust Treatment

All building material have one weakness or another. For metal, that weakness would be the potential of rust forming. Made from Corten steel, shipping containers are coated in an anti-corrosive paint when they’re first built. During the construction and modification process, however, that paint can be stripped away by tools, leaving the metal exposed to the elements. During and after the building process, the container needs to be treated to prevent corrosion in the future. Even so, you’ll need to inspect the container for signs of rusting every few months.

At Storstac, we offer our customers both new and used shipping containers that vary in size and functionality. Our team is committed to providing our Greater Toronto Area customers with high-quality shipping containers for rent or to purchase. Whatever you choose, we’ll deliver the portable storage box to your home and pick it up upon request. With affordable prices and excellent customer service, visit our website to grab a free quote.

What types of metals are used to build shipping containers

Shipping containers are durable boxes made of various materials so that they can hold up in the vast oceans they sail on. They transport a variety of items we use to make our lives more convenient like computers, TVs, bedding, clothing, etc. Shipping containers are up against snowstorms, pounding rain, high-speed winds, and the glare of the sun for hours on end. Their unique manufacturing process and the materials used to create them are what make shipping containers impervious to the harsh conditions they face.


Shipping containers are typically made from corten steel which is a self-healing/weathering steel. The strength of this material has revolutionized the way we transport cargo across large bodies of water. It has helped ensure the safety of the load and increased the overall carrying capacity. The most common sizes of shipping containers are 20, 30, and 40 feet and also come in refrigerated designs. For the most part, they all have closed tops, hinged doors, and corrugated walls that are welded to the end frames and rails.


  1. Each container starts with a roll of steel that is cut into several sheets.
  2. They are then sandblasted and primed to remove debris and contaminants.
  3. The sheets get corrugated to improve their overall strength.
  4. Floor braces and roof panels are made, and wall panel sheets are welded together.
  5. Square tubing is fused together on the top of the walls.
  6. Floor panels can then be assembled to create the floor frame.
  7. Corner post and door assembly are also completed separately.
  8. Once the door is completed, it is installed on the floor frame, and then the wall panels are installed after.
  9. The door assembly, wall panels, and corner posts are welded together.
  10. Then, the roof panel is assembled and welded.
  11. Priming and painting can be done at this point.
  12. Wood frames with varnish are used to prepare for flooring.
  13. Holes are drilled in the floor panels once they are fixed to the container floor.
  14. Rubber seals and door hardware is installed for a watertight seal.
  15. The bottom of the container is also made waterproof and water tightness testing is conducted.
  16. Finally, the box is completed and inspected for any errors.


There are several ways to keep your shipping containers in good condition regardless of what you plan to use it for. While a primer is applied to shipping container steel to slow down rusting, it does not prevent it from rusting altogether. That is why you should pay extra attention to any horizontal area, dent, or pocket on your shipping container. If water sits on the surface for too long, it can speed up the oxidation process, leading to more rust forming. You should also pay attention to welding seams and apply an extra coat of rust-resistant paint on them. It will cover small chips and cracks that you might not see, increasing the stability of your container.


If you are looking to buy a shipping container, contact Storstac. We have a wide selection to choose from and are sure to have what you are looking for. Our experienced professionals can help you pick the right containers for your needs at competitive prices.

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Choosing the Right Shipping Container

The most efficient way to ship cargo is by way of water, but maybe that’s not your intent when looking into purchasing a shipping container. You can use a shipping container for many things: as a mobile office, for storage, to shipping large items, you name it. Choosing the right container for your needs can be difficult, so here’s a guide to help you pick the perfect container.

Different Types of Containers

The type of shipping container you buy or rent will depend on your needs, as different containers have different functions. First, we have the standard dry shipping container, which is probably the one that comes to mind when you begin your search. This standard container is used for shipping pretty much anything. In whatever size you choose, it’ll be a basic metal box to fit most cargo.

Next is a container that’s necessary if you’re going to be shipping any perishable food items. Refrigerated shipping containers have an external structure that’s similar to the standard dry container. The inside is what makes this container special. The internal structure is insulated and has a cooling system integrated to keep perishables from rotting during the trip.

Lastly, we have a roofless/open-tank container. This option is useful for taller cargo that can’t fit under the roof of a standard shipping container. The height is the only dimension that changes with roofless containers. This is the perfect alternative for shipping custom architectural pieces, structural components and more.

Opening Mechanism

Depending on what you’re shipping, you might want a container that opens on more than one side. Or maybe your product can’t fit through the standard doorway. This is where containers that open on the 10, 20 or 40-foot side panels come in. Whatever the case may be, make sure you can get your belongings into the container before purchasing or renting it. Storstac offers shipping containers with double doors, open side units and open top units.

Container Sizing Options

Most shipping containers are available in 20ft and 40ft length options, with varying costs to go along with them. However, if you decide to buy or rent a shipping container from Storstac, you’ll have plenty of sizing choices. Our containers are available in 10ft, 20ft, 40ft, 45ft, 48ft and 53ft.

Buying New or Used?

There are several factors to consider when deciding between buying a new shipping container or going for a used storage container option. Used containers offer a better price for what is usually seen as just scratched up or dented. The lower the price, the more damaged it may potentially be. Buying a new shipping container may be worth it if you intend on using it frequently. However, if you don’t want to make the investment for only a handful of uses, shipping companies like Storstac offer the option of renting containers for your temporary needs. With 10ft, 20ft and 40ft rental options available, Storstac will deliver your container to your door and store your valuables at a location of your choice.

Since 2005, Storstac has been dedicated to providing customers with the highest quality shipping container rentals and purchases, as well as modification services, at an affordable price. We service the GTA and surrounding areas, offering new and used containers for your needs. Customer satisfaction is our top priority as we work to meet every one of your expectations. Call us or visit our website to get a free quote.

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How Much Does a Shipping Container Cost?

Many factors are considered when determining the value of a shipping container. The wide price range of $2,500 to $6,800 slowly gets whittled down to a more specific number when these factors are determined by a retail company or previous owner. From brand new containers to ones that are a little rusted with fading paint, there’s an important relationship between the price range and the condition of the shipping box. Newer usually means a higher price will come along with it, but not always. Some factors that can affect pricing include the container’s size, overall condition, possible delivery and permitting fees and any customization that’s been requested.

Price Points


Usually consists of a container that’s sold as-is, likely used many times before being presented to you. This container likely won’t have any customized features. These as-is containers are probably damaged in some way. The more damaged the container, the cheaper it will be. You can find affordable shipping containers for as low as $2,500, but they will usually have some, if not all, of the following features. Misaligned doors, holes of various sizes, rust, scattered dents, damaged floors from chemical spills or faded paint. While this may seem like a lot, shipping containers are made to last and can be repaired by professionals or as a do-it-yourself project, if you’re up for it.

Middle Ground


Shipping containers for rent is a popular choice among business owners, as it’s convenient and affordable if you only need the container for a short period of time. For around $75 to $200 per month, depending on the same factors that affect container purchase prices, you can have a shipping container to do with as you please. Then when it’s time to return it, the company will pick it up and you won’t have to do a thing.


Just because you choose to buy a used shipping container, doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing quality. Many used containers are still in good condition as they’re made from dense steel that’s built to withstand almost anything. Depending on the size and condition of the container, as reasonable price ranges lands anywhere between $2,500 to $6,800.


For customers looking at shipping containers that are high-quality and have never been used, you’re looking at spending between $3,000 and $5,000. You’re probably looking at adding a few customized features to your container, such as buying a set, having double-door access, openings from the side or top, additional height added for minimal storage or a refrigeration unit installed. These modifications are sure to add to the cost of the container.

Founded in 2005, Storstac is committed to providing customers with high-quality shipping containers, rental and modification services at a competitive price. Servicing the GTA and surrounding areas, we offer new and used containers for sale, rent, storage services, customization and paint facility. As a green company, customer service is our first priority, as our trained team with go as far as they need to in order to meet your expectations. With at-home delivery, call us or visit our website for a free quote.

Storstac Installs Hamilton Shipping Container House

Storstac is excited to announce that we have successfully fabricated and installed the Downtown Hamilton Shipping Container House. This precedent-setting build nicknamed the Hamilton Shipping Container House was installed in just EIGHT HOURS and consists of eight 40′ high cube shipping containers sitting on top of a solid concrete foundation. Designed by Toronto Architect Jason Halter, the house has been custom designed to suit his clients’ specific tastes which Jason describes as being “iconoclastic”. Although the unmodified shipping containers themselves are fabricated in China (China manufactures the large majority of new shipping containers) all of the modification work (Cut and framing of all window and door openings, interior openings, structural reinforcements, window installation and exterior paint) were undertaken at our Toronto, Canada modification facility. Unlike a number of shipping container homes built around the world, this one will not be clad with any additional materials. Instead, the containers Corten Steel corrugated walls will remain naked, and they were painted (In Storstac’s dedicated paint shop) brick brown; allowing the house to better blend in with the surrounding Victorian era homes. The rugged industrial look of this shipping container home pays homage to the fact that the home is located in “Steel Town”, but a number of subtle architectural design elements (like the seven walkout balconies that will utilize the shipping container doors as the balconies side walls) will make this shipping container home stand out from most others. Until now there has only been a hand full of container homes built in Canada, almost all of which have been erected outside of cities urban centres, mostly in rural areas as cottages. As stated earlier in this article, the Hamilton shipping container home was modified and fabricated at Storstac‘s modification facility located at 90 North Queen Street in Toronto, Canada and will rely strictly on 100% Canadian steel (for framing and modified structural work), paint, windows doors and most importantly local labor. Follow us on Instagram (@storstac_containers) to follow some of our favorite modification projects.


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Front view of the Hamilton Shipping Container House

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A look at the Hamilton Shipping Container House from the rear

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Installing the Hamilton Shipping Container House