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Frequently Asked Questions for Cascade Container

Container conditions and components

Are Cascade Container's products weatherproof and waterproof?

Nearly all our containers are designed to be waterproof and wind water tight, ensuring your cargo is protected. "As Is" grade containers are not guaranteed to be completely weather and waterproof proof.

What is the maximum weight capacity of your containers?

Maximum weight capacity depends on container size and type:

10-foot Containers:

Standard Height:
High Cube:

Approximately 20,000 to 22,000 pounds (9 to 10 metric tons).

Slightly less due to the additional height, around 19,000 to 21,000 pounds (8.6 to 9.5 metric tons).

20-foot Containers:

Standard Height:
High Cube:

Approximately 48,000 to 50,000 pounds (21.7 to 22.7 metric tons).

Around 47,000 to 49,000 pounds (21.3 to 22.2 metric tons).

40-foot Containers:

Standard Height:
High Cube:

Approximately 57,000 to 59,000 pounds (25.9 to 26.8 metric tons).

Approximately 56,000 to 58,000 pounds (25.4 to 26.3 metric tons).

45-foot Containers:

Standard Height:
High Cube:

Approximately 58,000 to 60,000 pounds (26.3 to 27.2 metric tons).

Approximately 57,000 to 59,000 pounds (25.9 to 26.8 metric tons).

Can I choose the color of my container?

At Cascade Container, we believe that aesthetics are as important as functionality. Our shipping containers come in a wide range of colors, designed to meet your storage and transport needs while aligning with your aesthetic preferences.

  • One Trip Containers: Known for their pristine condition, our One Trip containers typically arrive in subtle shades of beige or light grey. These colors provide a clean and understated look ideal for various settings. Occasionally, other color options may also be available. Please contact our sales team for current color availability.
  • Used Containers: Our used containers are available in a dynamic color palette including red, orange, green, blue, and grey.
  • Custom Painting: Looking for something uniquely yours? Our custom painting service lets you choose any color from the extensive Sherwin-Williams color board for an additional fee. This option allows you to personalize your container to perfectly match your brand colors, personal tastes, or specific project requirements.

Need Assistance? Our sales team is ready to help you find the perfect container that fits your unique needs and preferences. Contact us at [contact information/link] for personalized service and expert guidance.

How resistant are your containers to rust and damage?

The resistance of our containers to rust and damage depends on their grade. "Wind and Watertight" and "Cargo Worthy" grades might show some cosmetic rust, but it's generally minimal. If rust resistance is a key concern, we recommend our "One Trip" containers. These are the highest quality containers we have available  for sale and exhibit the least amount of rust due to their limited use. Additionally, all our containers are made from Corten Steel, known for its rust-resistant properties, particularly effective in dry, salt-free environments. This ensures long-term durability and better protection against environmental elements.

Can I inspect a container before purchasing or renting?

Yes, inspections are encouraged at our Central Oregon yard. For other locations, we can provide pictures upon request.

What lifespan can I expect from a shipping container?

Lifespan depends on grade and maintenance. "One Trip" containers in dry environments can last 50 years or more. For longevity, we recommend a "One Trip" container.

What are the different types, sizes, and grades of containers available?

We offer dry-shipping and refrigerated containers ranging from 10' to 45', in Standard and High Cube heights. Grades include "One Trip," Cargo Worthy, Wind and Watertight, and "As Is."

Container customization and uses

What customization options are available for shipping containers?

At Cascade Container, we believe in turning your vision into reality. We offer a wide range of modifications to tailor our shipping containers to your specific requirements. Our standard customization options include:

  • Doors: Adding man doors for easy access.
  • Windows: Installing various types of windows for natural light and visibility.
  • Roll Up Doors: Providing convenient roll-up doors for larger openings.
  • Climate Control: Equipping containers with air conditioning and heating systems for temperature regulation.
  • Ventilation: Ensuring proper airflow with customized ventilation options.
  • Skylights: Installing skylights for additional natural light.
  • Insulation: Adding insulation to maintain temperature and increase comfort.

These are just a few of the many modifications we can implement. Our team is skilled at providing tailored solutions for specific needs. Whether it's a unique design, a specific functionality, or an innovative feature, we are here to make it happen.

Have a specific idea or requirement in mind? Don't hesitate to reach out to our sales team. We are committed to delivering your ideal container solution, no matter how unique or complex. Let us help you transform your dream into a tangible, functional reality.

Visit our modification page for more information.

Are there creative uses for shipping containers that Cascade Container supports?

Absolutely! Shipping containers offer incredible versatility and can be transformed into a variety of structures, such as office units, home gyms, food carts, industrial applications, guard shacks, and even container homes. At Cascade Container, we specialize in bringing your unique visions to life. Our approach is centered around the philosophy of "YOU DREAM IT, WE BUILD IT." Our team works closely with clients to understand their specific needs and provide tailored solutions, ensuring that each project is as unique as the dream behind it.

Delivery, setup, and maintenance

What should I know about container delivery from Cascade Container?

Ensure a flat, level, compacted, and accessible site for delivery. For more about our delivery process, please visit our delivery overview page or contact our sales team.

Do Cascade Container's products require maintenance?

Yes, to ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your container, regular maintenance is important. Our containers are built to be durable and long-lasting, but like any valuable asset, they benefit from periodic upkeep. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Roof Inspection: Regularly check the roof for any pooling water or debris accumulation. Keeping the roof clean can prevent corrosion and leakage.
  • Rust Prevention: Inspect for signs of rust or corrosion, especially in areas exposed to water or moisture. Early detection and treatment can prevent more serious damage.
  • Door Maintenance: Lubricate the door hinges and locking mechanisms periodically. This keeps the doors functioning smoothly and prevents them from seizing up.
  • Leveling: Ensure that your container is level. An uneven container can lead to issues with door alignment and may cause strain on the structure.
  • Paint and Aesthetics: If your container is painted, occasional touch-ups may be required to maintain its appearance and protect the surface.

Remember, these are general guidelines. The specific maintenance needs for your container may vary based on its usage and location. If you have any questions about maintaining your Cascade Container product, or if you require assistance with maintenance, please don’t hesitate to contact our team. We’re here to help ensure your container remains in top condition for years to come.

Can shipping containers handle extreme weather conditions?

Yes, our shipping containers are built to endure extreme weather. Their robust construction offers significant resistance to fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes. The steel structure provides strength and durability, making them suitable for harsh conditions. However, proper anchoring and stable placement are crucial for maximizing their resilience, especially in severe weather scenarios. Their ability to withstand diverse environmental challenges makes them a reliable option in various settings.

Rental terms, payment, and insurance

What are the rental terms and conditions for Cascade Container's products?

Cascade Container offers a minimum rental period of two months, followed by a month-to-month rental basis. The customer is responsible for the costs associated with delivery and pick-up, which vary based on the location. This structure provides flexibility while ensuring efficient service for different storage needs. To learn more about renting a shipping container, please visit our container leasing page.

Shipping container delivery and collection

What are the options for shipping container delivery?

Delivery is typically via a truck and tilt bed trailer. For more details, visit our delivery overview page.

Can I pick up my shipping container instead of having it delivered?

Yes, pick up is possible with the proper equipment from one of our locations. Please contact our sales team for information.

Container security and stacking

How are shipping containers secured and stacked?

Containers are secured with locks and lock boxes. Stacking is done using twist locks in each corner cast.

Container life expectancy and origins

What is the expected lifespan of a shipping container?

'One Trip' containers can last 50 years or more when storage in dry environments. Used containers can provide service for 20 years or more with proper maintenance. If longevity is a concern we recommend purchasing a 'One Trip' container.

Where do shipping containers originate from?

New 'One Trip' containers are manufactured in the Far East. Used containers have typically served 10-15 years in shipping and transport.

Container purchase and payment options

What are the options for purchasing a container, and how can I pay?

Various purchasing options are available, including multiple unit quotes. Payment can be made via check, e-check, cash, or credit card (2.9% fee for credit).

Container Use and Applications

What are the common uses for shipping containers?

Containers have evolved for uses in storage, offices, retail units, pop-up catering, and more, adaptable for various industries. To learn more about container uses please contact our sales team.

Buying a Shipping Container

How do I buy a shipping container near me?

For those in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, or Montana, Cascade Container serves these areas! Please contact our sales team for assistance.

Shipping Container Terminology

What are common names and terminology for shipping containers?

Terms include Conex Box, ISO Container, Sea Can, Freight Container, Intermodal Container, Cargo Container, Storage Container, Dry Van, Reefer, High Cube Container, Open Top Container, Flat Rack Container, Double Door/Tunnel Container, Tank Container, and One-Trip Container.

Container Grades

What are the various grades of shipping containers?

Grades include One Trip, Cargo Worthy (CW), Wind and Water Tight (WWT), and As Is. More information on container grades can be found here.

Reefer Shipping Containers

What is a reefer shipping container?

A reefer shipping container, or refrigerated container, is a shipping container with built-in refrigeration. They are used for transporting and storing perishable goods like food, pharmaceuticals, and other temperature-sensitive products.

What temperature range can a reefer container maintain?

Reefer containers typically maintain temperatures between -30°C and +30°C (-22°F to +86°F), suitable for a variety of goods.

Can I rent a reefer container for short-term use?

Absolutely. Cascade Container offers flexible rental options, ideal for short-term events, emergency storage, or seasonal use. We also provide long-term rentals, covering maintenance costs, ensuring the reefers are always in good working order.

Are there different sizes of reefer containers available?

Yes, we offer various sizes including standard 20-foot and 40-foot models. 10-foot models are also available by special order.

How energy-efficient are your reefer containers?

Our reefer containers are designed for energy efficiency, equipped with modern refrigeration units that minimize power consumption while maintaining optimal temperatures.

Can I customize a reefer container for specific needs?

Definitely. We provide customization options, from adjusting shelving to adding specific cooling systems, to meet your unique requirements.

How are reefer containers powered?

Reefer containers are typically powered by external sources like electrical grids at ports or facilities. Generators can also be used where external power isn't available.

What types of products are commonly stored or transported in reefer containers?

They are commonly used for fresh produce, meat and seafood, dairy products, flowers, pharmaceuticals, and any goods requiring temperature control.

Is it possible to track the temperature inside the container remotely?

Yes, some of our reefer containers are equipped with advanced technology for remote temperature monitoring, allowing you to track your goods during transit.

What are the benefits of long-term rental of reefer containers?

Long-term rental of reefer containers offers several advantages. Firstly, it provides a cost-effective solution for ongoing cold storage needs without the large upfront investment of purchasing. This flexibility is ideal for businesses with seasonal peaks or fluctuating storage requirements. Additionally, long-term rentals include maintenance and support from Cascade Container, ensuring that the units are always functioning optimally. This not only reduces your maintenance costs but also minimizes the risk of operational downtime due to equipment issues. Furthermore, long-term rentals offer the opportunity to upgrade or change container sizes as your business needs evolve, ensuring you always have the most suitable cold storage solution.

Thank You for Choosing Cascade Container

We appreciate your interest in our services. At Cascade Container, we are dedicated to providing the best solutions for your storage needs. If you have any further questions or require assistance, remember, we are just a click away. Don't hesitate to reach out and contact us today. We're here to help you every step of the way.

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