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Shipping container homes have become a trend because it is easy to build compared to traditional homes. With the right tools and equipment, you can build shipping container homes of different shapes and sizes. You can use prefab modular homes for an easier and faster way to build one. Container homes have grabbed a lot of interest from the general population because it has been a great option for saving money by using them for prefabricated and modular homes.

Since owning a home can be expensive and taxing, most potential homeowners have been looking for low construction and maintenance expenses. Another thing to consider is that when you use shipping containers, you are also helping and contributing to the recycling effort, which goes a long way in the preservation of the plant. However, making the decision to build a shipping container home is not a simple one to make, so you have to think about everything involved in this decision. We’ve covered some of the pros and cons of shipping containers here if you want to know more about this.

Pros

Prefabricated modular homes 

A lot of shipping container homes are available as prefabricated modular homes. Most homeowners prefer them as it makes the construction time faster than usual. The prefab shipping container homes are usually available for delivery within 10 weeks and the building code inspections are done during the manufacturing process, making things faster and simpler. If you want to build a custom home or a DIY project, the prefab shipping container is an excellent prebuilt structure that will help to make the overall process easier. 

Easy to transport 

Shipping containers are easy to transport with the help of the trucking industry. Once delivered, you can just set it in place on your preferred site. Make sure to prepare the foundation so it can be set up with ease. 

Cost-effective 

If you use prefab shipping containers, you will know exactly how much it will cost. Most of the work has been completed at the factory and you can get them at a fixed cost. All you have to do is handle the assembly, delivery fees, site preparation, foundation, and utility connections.

Container homes can get expensive, so make sure to estimate and compare costs so you can end up with savings for at least 5-10% of the prepared budget. Shipping containers are the perfect size and shape to be used in building homes. Homes built from them are at least 30% cheaper than a home built from cement and bricks. The structural work is minimal, therefore, reducing the overall cost of the project. 

Recycling 

If you choose shipping containers to be used for your home, you are helping with the recycling movement. Choosing shipping containers allows you to reuse a leftover product of the shipping industry. Not only are you saving money, but you are also supporting sustainability, which contributes to the environmental movement by using a shipping container that would have otherwise taken up space in landfills. By opting for shipping containers in building your home, you are avoiding the use of bricks and cement, which has environmental impacts as well. The cement industry is among the top producers of CO2.

Stable and durable 

Shipping containers are made of steel or aluminum, which makes them strong and durable. They are designed to withstand heavy loads and harsh climate conditions, including the rough seas during their transport from one country to another. They can be easily stacked one on top of another, which makes them eligible to use for multi-story homes. Overall, shipping container homes have the structural stability that makes them excellent homes against earthquakes, hurricanes, and other calamities, especially for areas that are prone to natural disasters. 

Fast construction

Building a home with shipping containers can take at least 2-3 weeks. When you compare this to brick, cement, and mortar homes that can take around at least 4-6 months to build, you can see a clear difference in terms of the convenience of building a container home. Most structures can be built and assembled within a few days, especially if the pieces have been prepared and cut off-site ahead of time. 

Off-site construction

Shipping container homes can be assembled and built off-site, ready to be delivered to your site once they are ready. Usually, the land that you have chosen is not a suitable location to put the container home together, so these can just be made in a local workshop. Once the product is finished, it can then be delivered to your build site. 

Safety and security

If you live in a remote area, your home can be at risk of break-ins. Shipping containers are excellent structures to build a home in and can keep you safe as it is not easy to break into and are too heavy to lift. 

Cons

Shipping containers can have structural problems 

Shipping containers are made from metal, so they are quite strong and durable. However, the roofing is not that strong, so you will have to take steps to strengthen it so that there will be no structural integrity issues once the container home is built. The steel walls are necessary to strengthen the structure of the shipping container home.

If you will be cutting out a huge hole like a window or door, you should make sure to reinforce and strengthen the affected part. When you use shipping containers and stack them together, it is necessary to weld them together, especially when two containers join at a spot that is not a corner. If you are planning for renovations down the road, you will have to consider proper welding and engineering to avoid any integrity problems. 

Shipping containers are not always effective recycling 

Most prefab container homes are constructed from single-use shipping containers. These types of shipping containers are usually still in good shape, without any physical issues like rust, dents, so they are great to use for building a home. There are plenty of old shipping containers that are longer in use and damaged from years of use and they end up lying in the dump gathering rust.

Using a shipping container and taking it after a single use is not exactly effective recycling. Most of the time, a shipping container that is made from steel can be recycled and used as steel studs to create more house frames, which is a good way to recycle other shipping containers. 

Heat control and insulation

Since shipping containers are made from metal, they tend to absorb and transmit heat and cold with no issues. This will lead to a problem if you want to control the temperature inside it. You can easily solve it by using the proper type of insulation and paint. Getting insulation for a shipping container can also reduce the limited space inside the container, so if you want to add more space, you can consider getting a couple of shipping containers joined together. 

Renovating and refurbishing

Most used shipping containers are old and nearing the end of their life span. If they have been used thoroughly, they tend to have damages like dents and scratches and can easily rust. Your contractor can easily repair them by refurbishing these dents and scratches. If the shipping container has been repainted and cared for, it can easily last for at least 20 years or more. 

Waste disposal 

When old and discontinued shipping containers are used as building blocks, the contractor must do a couple of things first, such as sandblasting, replacing the flooring, or sealing any holes or openings. Carbon emissions can happen during the assembling and transporting of these shipping containers. You must also ask your contractor how they dispose of these types of wastes as they can affect the environment. 

Health risks

Some shipping containers are not manufactured for human beings to live in, so these are typically built with materials such as chromate, phosphorous, and lead-based paints which can be serious health risks to people. You should make sure that your contractor will deal with these health hazards before they start building your shipping container home, especially if you are ordering prefab modular homes. 

Utilizing new shipping containers 

The use of new shipping containers defeats the purpose of recycling. Most container home contractors and manufacturers usually purchase brand new containers from suppliers, so they don’t have any damages, but these tend to cost more. The main purpose of repurposing shipping containers is to reuse and recycle old containers to decrease carbon emissions that are often associated with building a new homemade from cement, brick, and mortar. 

At Dream Homes Project, we are planning to build prefab modular homes made from shipping containers to help low-income families so they can own a home. This project is aimed to help those who are not capable of purchasing a home. If you want to know more about our project or if you want to donate and support our cause, please visit this link

The Dream Homes Project is a non-profit project that helps construct shipping container homes for low-income individuals that cannot buy or own their home such as single parents, the elderly, disabled individuals, former foster kids, young families, etc. We are based in Colorado, and once we get enough funding, we will be purchasing the materials so we can construct prefabricated modular container homes.

If you want to help, you can volunteer and donate to our cause. If you want to know more about our project you can contact us by calling +760-218-8472 or send an email at [email protected] You can join our cause and help us help other people achieve their dreams of owning a home. 

 

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