Safe and Comfortable in Hot or Cold Weather
The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions get frigid in the winter and sweltering in the summer. Whether using a modified container for a summer retail pop-up or year-round office building space, the temperature can be moderated with insulation and mechanically designed climate control systems.
Urban Noise & Distraction
City dwellers who line the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coast know about the noise, sirens and constant movement going on and how it can hinder a fast-paced work environment. Shipping containers can be made sound resistant; the inner and outer walls can be lined with sound-deadening panels reducing the constant city noise for more efficient work meetings, 3-ways calls or live studio recordings. Insulation is the main way to create sound resistance however, soundproofing is a customizable option as well.
Durability & Longevity for Harsh Weather & Wind
Durability is a necessity year round when it comes to the winter storms and summer rains; living and working space must be prepared for high winds, flooding, and really anything weather could throw out. Durability is a priority every repurposed shipping container meets. Look at their original purpose before the trend of using them as repurposed office space and pop up stores started.
Containers shipped freight across oceans in rain or shine. They had to endure hard weather for long periods of time and there was no solid foundation to keep them grounded on the ships. With the wind and rain from the ocean, shipping containers had to ensure airtight seals to keep water damage from occurring.
Despite these circumstances, they continued to remain impenetrable no matter the weather or location. Weathering steel is the material that’s made this durable impression and it’s covered with a marine-grade primer and paint for extra coverage.
Real Estate Costs
In the major cities of the Mid Atlantic where real estate costs are unbelievably high, consider investing in a building constructed with shipping containers. Accelerated construction helps minimize the costs needed to establish a rental facility. Though shipping containers, overall, don’t save you as much money as you might think, when trying to make a living in a big city, it’s definitely an option to consider.
Here’s a city in the Midwest region that’s implemented shipping container options for homeowners and retail businesses. The purpose was to minimize the price of rent regarding real estate prices when compared to neighboring retail centers. In Washington DC, Baltimore, New York City and other major cities of the Northeast, real estate costs for both residents and developers are so high, it’s worth saving every penny possible.
Cost of maintenance
Due to the trying weather conditions year-round, proactive maintenance for a home or building in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic is a must, no matter the architecture. Shipping containers are designed to withstand harsh marine environments when loaded on top of container ships. They are generally constructed from steel, with stainless steel fittings, paint that prevents corrosion and floors that are treated to prevent rotting. That said, as with anything that is exposed to the elements, it’s going to require semi regular maintenance to keep it in top condition. Because there’s so much precise work put into the container during construction for the transit time, the required maintenance is very low overall when considering its lifespan.