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Storage Containers FAQ


If you’re like most homeowners, you have had trouble finding enough storage space. You may think that renting a storage container is something that’s only done as a temporary solution. People often rent storage units when they need to move into another home or when they decide they have too much stuff. Putting things in storage is a great way to get them out of the way until you can put them up for sale, but they can have permanent uses as well.

Another advantage of getting a storage container for rent is that you won’t have to make the kind of upfront investment that would come from buying one. There may certain municipal codes in your area that would prohibit the long-term placement of a mobile storage container on private property. Even if there isn’t, your neighbors could complain. Renting or leasing a storage container will give you more flexibility, which is why it may make more sense than buying one.

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What is a storage container?

Also called a “shipping container,” a storage container is a steel box that was originally meant for the shipping industry and was used to transport goods from one country to another. It has now become a great solution for temporary office and storage space needs. Storage containers are made of industrial-grade steel, and they come in a series of standard sizes. This makes it easier to load and transport them onto boats, trains, trucks, and trailers in any part of the world.

Why are there so many different names for storage containers, and what do they mean?

As you look for a storage container to rent, you may notice that they can have a number of different names that are often used interchangeably (which can be confusing). Some of the most common names include but may not be limited to:

  • Sea cans
  • ISO containers
  • Portable storage units
  • Hi-cubes
  • Shipping containers
  • Connex containers
  • Steel containers

There are many other types of storage containers. For the most part, they’re all the same. However, the names describe their condition as well as the presence of certain custom features.

What industries use storage containers?

Almost every industry uses steel containers for some kind of purpose — whether it’s for storage, office space, or even as a place to live. The most common industries that use storage container rentals include:

  • Construction
  • Retail
  • Education
  • Military
  • Oil and gas
  • Government
  • Religious

They have, however, become more popular across a broader range of industries because they’re both portable and affordable.

What sizes are available?

Storage container rentals can come in many different sizes, but the most common ones are either 20 feet or 40 feet in length. These sizes have been approved for global transport by the International Standards Organization (ISO). Please contact us to see what we have available. Here are the most common sizes:

  • 8’ x 8’ 6”
  • 10’ x 8’ 6”
  • 20’ x 8’ 6”
  • 30’ x 8’ 6”
  • 40’ x 8’ 6”

Many suppliers will also have custom size options, depending on your needs. Some of them will also have extra wide options as well as a Hi-Cube option (which is 9’ 6” tall). If you’re looking for one of the best places for storage container rentals in Corpus Christi, be sure to get in touch with Dawson Recycling and Disposal, Inc.