Frequently Asked Questions

These are a few of the questions that we are asked most frequently by our customers, if you cannot find the information you need, please feel free to call us on 0870 241 8735.

There are a lot of container companies on the internet, why should I choose 1st Containers?
1st Containers provides a friendly, reliable service along with excellent value. Our on-site team have over 75 years experience within the container industry and are always on hand to offer you help and advice. We also provide a wide range of containers for all of your needs.

How secure are shipping containers?
The units supplied by 1st Containers are built to a very high specification. The steel structure makes the storage containers waterproof, vermin proof and vandal proof. The most vulnerable part of a steel storage container is the doors, and for added security 1st Containers recommend a steel lockbox to be fitted to the container doors.

How durable are the storage containers?
A new container purchased from 1st Containers with maintenance once every 10 years should last upwards of 50 years. This time scale would obviously vary on used storage containers, but any unit purchased from us would have many years of storage life, due to the top quality build of each unit.

Are shipping containers expensive to purchase?
For the obvious reasons, used containers are cheaper to purchase than new units. At 1st Containers we can give you the most competitive prices for both new and used containers.

Complete the on-line enquiry form or call us on 0870 241 8735 to get a quote.

Can 1st Containers do conversions from shipping containers?
We have very experienced engineers who carry out conversions of shipping containers. They can convert a unit for extra office space, onsite washrooms and lavatories. Conversions to onsite kitchens and cooking facilities, even living space.

Click on the conversions link to see some examples.

What size container would you recommend for my needs?
1st Containers has a wide range of different sized containers from 6ft to 40ft. Below are sizes and a guide as to how much can be stored in a unit if storage is the purpose of the shipping container.

8ft (2.3m) 9.95m³ Contents of a 1 bedroom property
10ft (3.0m) 15.9m³ Contents of a 1-2 bedroom property
20ft (6.1m) 33.2m³ Contents of a 3 bedroom property
40ft (12.2m) 67.6m³ Contents of a 5+ bedroom property

How is the shipping container transported to my site?
1st Containers will deliver the container of your choice direct to the site of your choice. We can transport our containers to virtually anywhere in the UK and assist with all other logistical requirements.

Do I need to take up any special site preparation for the delivery of my shipping container?
The only requirement is that the area where the shipping container is to be positioned is level and firm, as the main problem with uneven surfaces is the opening and closing of the units doors. Sleepers or paving slabs can help to level up the container, and although it is the responsibility of the purchaser to make sure these requirements are met, our drivers will help with positioning the container where ever possible.

How do I maintain my shipping container?
Steel shipping containers are very robust and require little or no maintenance. They are manufactured to a full marine specification and designed for harsh marine life at sea, withstanding all kinds of weather conditions. When used in a domestic environment they provide years of maintenance free life. To ensure the doors are kept in good working order 1st containers recommend that the hinges and locking rods are greased at regular intervals.

Are there any issues with condensation?
All containers are ventilated which is usually sufficient to counteract any moisture present within the container. 1st Containers can also supply moisture traps to alleviate any problems that may arise from moisture within the unit.

Do I need planning permission for my container?
Shipping containers are classed as a temporary structure, so unless you are in a conservation area, then you shouldn’t need any planning permission. If you have any doubts you should contact your local authority who will be able to guide you.

What happens when I have no more use for my shipping container?
If you have leased your shipping container from 1st Containers then we simply come to your site to collect. At 1st Containers we also have a buy back option, so if you have purchased a container from us and its usage with you has expired there is the option for us to buy it back.

Is it possible for me to bulk buy containers?
It is at 1st Containers. We are a major supplier for the MOD, so we have to keep a large stock of shipping containers on site, which enables us to supply bulk demand virtually anywhere in the UK and Europe.