OCTOBER 21, 2020
Shipping container doors are an integral part of the container structure. Selecting an appropriate door not only helps keep your contents safe but also makes storage containers more accessible and easier to use.
While designing cargo containers, choosing the right doors is an important design consideration. Additionally, if you're using a shipping container with pre-built doors, knowing the door architecture can help troubleshoot any issues that may hamper the container's accessibility.
Let's look at the design, construction, and types of doors you can opt for to get maximum flexibility for your desired application.
The five essential parts of every storage container door are:
The body of a cargo door features two vertical hollow leaves, two horizontal C-sections, and a frame consisting of an infilled, corrugated steel paneling.
Four drop-forged steel hinges help hold the body at the rear corners of the containers.
The hinges, also known as blades, allow the door to swing 270 degrees against the container wall.
A lockbox is a protective steel box welded on the door that houses a padlock. It protects the items inside the container from theft, tampering, and break-ins.
Each door has 2-4 vertical lock rods that enable opening, closing, and locking. The lock rod has a welded cam and knuckle mechanism, known as the cam keeper. Whenever you open the door, the handle rotates and forces the cam out of the keeper.
Rubber gaskets help close the gap between the door body and the edges of the container. As a result, they help prevent water ingress and leaks to a certain extent.
Door hinges act as pivot points on the door, allowing free rotational movement.
Some containers may also have additional utilities such as a security swing arm and shackle-puck locks.
With the proper equipment, fitting cargo doors can be a DIY process. Due to the weight of the doors, you’ll most likely need a forklift or hoist mechanism in order to lift them. Otherwise, it’s best to hire a professional. Before you start, you’ll also want to ensure that you have the following tools:
These are the basic steps you can follow:
However, note that you cannot make any changes, or customize the doors of a shipping container unit on rent.
Opening a cargo container may seem tricky, especially if you’re unsure of the door mechanics.
Over the years, the doors may stick or become hard to open and therefore, require additional opening tools or equipment.
However, following these simple steps can help ease the process:
Similarly, to close a container door, you must:
Depending upon your needs, you can use the following standard door types:
These are heavy-duty, freely swinging doors located at one end of the containers. They find their application in portable storage containers that store tools, machinery, and valuable items but can be challenging to access in constrained spaces.
Personnel doors help add more convenience, especially in portable offices, workspaces, and living areas. If your services require frequent container access, these doors can be the best solution for your company.
Roll-up doors or shutter doors lift from the bottom and curl up inside the container. If you do not have adequate space around the storage unit, you must go for these doors.
Glass doors are an aesthetic option for container cafes, shops, and exhibition areas. These stylish doors have a transparent body that enables maximum light to enter inside the unit. However, they might not be as secure as the options mentioned above.
There can be multiple entryways in large office-storage combo containers, each having a different door for easy access. Shipping container modification generally consists of creating various entries according to your business needs.
Here are some of the reasons why container doors might stick:
You can use the following standard remedies if your door doesn't open or close properly:
Learn about other accessories you can add to your container.
The security, accessibility, and aesthetics of shipping containers greatly depend on the door. Selecting the right door for your container can help extract maximum benefits. With so many options to choose from, you must pick the one that best suits your needs.
Mobile Modular Portable Storage is a leading supplier of shipping containers. We offer portable storage, office, and combo containers with cargo, personnel, and high-security door options.
Want to know more about door customizations or shipping containers for sale? Contact us on 866-459-7600 or request a quote today.
You can cut open the space for a window or door in a shipping container by following these steps:
You can fit a window in a container by cutting out the space required for the window and frame. After you cut out the required area, use tack welding first to secure the frame, and then weld the entire window on the frame.
Watch this video to learn more about building container window openings.
You can install doors in a container by cutting out the required portion and securing the door on a steel tube frame by welding.
Yes, you can drill into a shipping cargo container. However, ensure that you use adequate lubrication and proper tools to avoid damage to the container walls and prevent heat buildup.
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