Unit Hire FAQs

There is a great deal to research when buying or hiring a shipping container. Chief of which, is the size you require to fulfil your desired solution. We offer a range of sizes, both new and used, from 8ft all the way up to 40ft – so there certainly is a large size range to consider.

In these FAQs, we’ll offer answers to the most frequent questions we’re asked to ensure that you’re buying or hiring the right container unit to fulfil your needs.

All of our new containers, of all sizes, are known as One Trip containers. This means that the container has been used for a single journey to transport goods from the manufacturer.

This is ideal since it keeps costs down for the manufacturer and then we can take receipt of a brand-new shipping container that has only been once.

Used shipping containers will have typically spent their lifecycle being shipped overseas, which means they must have structural integrity and be capable of weathering the elements during transit.

At Unit Hire, our extensive fabrication skills mean that we’re able to create modular designs for those looking for both temporary and permanent outdoor fixtures.

Some great examples include, site accommodation units, toilet units, and welfare units. Please note that due to the flexible nature of modular design and the various container and unit types, we’re able to create a solution to fit your requirements.

We often buy containers back from our customers. Of course, these buy-back prices reflect the condition of the unit and current market prices. .

1st Containers offer a buy-back option. Unlike most of the offers you might find on other websites, we do NOT guarantee the amount - this is due to container prices fluctuating owing to currency rates and supply and demand.

All ISO shipping containers are made of corten steel with solid 28mm marine plywood flooring.

All of our shipping containers are built to transport various kinds of cargo across the globe. This means they are durable and completely weatherproof, with wrapped seals around the doors.

The average tare weight, (the weight of the container when empty) will vary depending on the size, for example, a typical 20ft container will often weigh anywhere between 1.8 and 2.2 tonnes.

However, a much smaller 8ft container will only weigh around 950kg.
If weight is a concern for you, then please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss which options might be best for you.

Any of the standard or high cube shipping containers we stock can be stacked safely. If you require a stacked shipping container or modular solution, we’ll utilise twist lock pins to ensure they are safe and secure.

We offer a container shipping and offloading service straight to your site.
We offload containers of all sizes, using unit transport drivers and specialised HIAB vehicles. These feature mounted cranes, which are capable of placing the container on either side of the vehicle.

Suitable access should be created for all deliveries or collections, and a hard-standing area is required to ensure the base of the unit is as level as possible.

An assessment of your site may be required, as all of our vehicles are 9ft wide and between 36 and 60ft in length.

Because we stock a range of readily available units onsite, we’re often able to turn around nationwide deliveries in as little as 24 hours after placing your order.

Shipping containers require solid foundations with a five feet clearance on either side to allow the doors to open.

As a bare minimum, the containers require support under each corner. Ideal supports include sleepers, or flag stones.

For a successful delivery, we recommend ensuring:
· You have at least 10ft wide access for our delivery vehicles.
· Your chosen site has no sharp turns.
· Your chosen site is on hard, level grounding.
· There are no overhead cables or masts to ensure easy crane movement.

Please note that our delivery vehicles aren’t able to drive across fields or grassland, and can only drive over tarmac ground.

We offer site inspections should you be at all unsure about delivery requirements on site.

Generally, containers are categorised as ‘temporary structures,’ and therefore in most instances do not contravene any planning laws.

However, if you’re looking to use the container as a converted home or business premises, or you’re creating a foundation for the structure, you will certainly need planning permission.

If you are unsure about the desired placement of your container, then it’s always advisable to research and seek professional help where necessary.

Shipping containers require relatively little maintenance.

Shipping containers that remain stationary rarely require maintenance, and so long as the exterior is treated with a high-quality paint, then the steel is unlikely to deteriorate.

The door hinges and locking bars will require periodical lubrication to keep them moving freely. The door seals may also depreciate over time, but these can last up to ten years and are easily replaced.