Container Shelters – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I install a container shelter myself?
A: Yes, we provide you with complete instructions. In most cases installation does not require skilled labour or any special tools. Larger more complex structures may require professional assistance and planning.

Q: Can you help me design a custom container shelter?
A: Yes, our engineers are available to support you and your own engineers in the design of special applications.

Q: How long does it take to receive my container shelter?
A: Most container shelters can be designed and manufactured in four to eight weeks, though in rush periods (e.g. Christmas) this time can be extended. We will advise you at time of quotation. Larger, more complex structures can take up to three months to design and manufacture.

Q: How long does it take to install a container shelter?
A: Installation of standard shelters can usually be erected by two to six people within one to four days, depending upon size of the structure. Larger more complex structures may require professional assistance and take a week or more to build. We will advise you at the time of quoting of your needs. We are available to supervise large custom designed constructions.

Q: Do the container shelters require any maintenance?
A: Container shelters have no special maintenance or up keep. Cleaning of exterior walls can be carried out with a hose, steamer or pressure washers much like the walls of a conventional building.

Q: What are the acoustics like in a container shelter?
A: The shelters have peaceful, and sound-dulling properties, which is great for environments that experience regular high pitched machinery noises.

Q: How are container shelters priced?
A: We have a range of “off the shelf” prices for standard shelters utilising standard fabrics. To view a list of standard structures go to our Container Shelters page. Use our Instant Quote page to gain prices. Any alteration to a standard shelter e.g. size, shape or fabric type will require a custom design quotation.

Q: What kind of warranty comes with a container shelter?
A: All our container shelters come with a 10 year warranty against factory faults.

Q: How does the cost of a container shelter compare to other buildings?
A: If you are comparing container shelter prices to conventional permanent or portable buildings, you look forward to substantial savings in money, construction time, and materials. Where shelters are extremely cost effective is where you are in a position where you have to move the structure one or more times in the future. This fact makes management of your future storage, warehousing or maintenance buildings very flexible.

Q: Can the container shelters fabric be cut or damaged?
A: Fabrics used for our shelters are as strong as the steel frames, which is why we use Reliable Brands in Region D Cyclone localities (312 kph winds). The polyethylene fabrics utilised by Port Shelters are exceptionally strong, tear resistant and can withstand an impressive amount of bumps and scrapes. However, just like many other types of wooden, tin or aluminium surfaces, they can be pierced or cut by sharp objects. We recommend that where appropriate, fabric structures be protected from trucks, machinery and fire hazards by strategically located concrete posts and/or constructing your shelter upon containers, walls or poles.

Q: What will it cost to deliver my Container Shelter?
A: The cost of freight is subject to where you are and the weight of structure, we will quote you at the time of order.

Q: Do container shelters require foundations or fitting?
A: Foundations or ballast are required for the CA Container Series although for narrow shelters there is usually enough weight in the containers to hold them down. Larger shelters in high wind areas may require in excess of 100 tonnes of ballast or footings under the containers. Frame brakets are welded or bolted to containers (by customer).

Q: Are shelter structures dark inside?
A: Light varies with fabric colours that block between 85% and 99% of light/heat. All fabrics permit a pleasant level of natural light.

Q: What are your shelters made of?
A: Shelters have curved frames of high tensile galvanized steel which are mostly covered with tensioned, high density woven polyethylene material supplied from a number of manufacturers around the world. Other materials can be also used to clad the shelter for special purposes, including Visypak Landmark and Versatex.

Q: What types of shelters do you make?
A: Our shelters are designed to be mounted on top of shipping containers and come with a special footing that can be welded or bolted onto your containers. End Walls are optional. We can also custom build container shelters to any width or height that varies from our standard shelters sizes. Any shelter over 16m wide will involve our engineers.

Q: What applications can your shelters be used for?
A: All it takes is a little imagination to decide where shelters are best suited. Container Shelters are presently utilised at airports, factories, warehouses, marine yards and wharf’s, construction sites, quarries, mines, intensive animal farming, school playgrounds and council facilities. Around the world they house some of the largest events and entertainment venues such as sport grounds, ice rinks and gymnasiums.

Q: Are your shelters permanent or temporary structures?
A: Container Shelters are extremely durable. They are designed to be either permanent or temporary based upon your requirements. You can expect a life of 10+ years from the fabric membrane.

Q: Do I need council approval for a shelter?
A: Portable buildings often do not require building permits in Australia. Check with your local Council town planner.

Q: Can container shelters be used in regions that have snow?
A: Absolutely! A Standard 41.m/sec wind speed shelter design will withstand 50kg of snow/m2 (10lb/ft2) and a 51.9m/sec winds peed design will withstand 100kg of snow/m2 (20lb/ft2)

Q: What sizes are available?
A: The standard sizes are from 6m (20’) to 16m (52’) wide. Standard shelters are up to 30m long but can be lengthened to meet your requirements. Shelters can be manufactured to meet your specific requirements.

Q: Can I move my container shelter to a new location when done with a project?
A: Yes, shelter structures are much easier to relocate than most other types of buildings.

Q: Are your shelters weatherproof?
A: Yes, they are made of very weatherproof, heavy-duty reinforced fabric. They can withstand sun, rain, wind, snow and hail and can be as safely used in the tropics as in the Arctic.

Q: Can shelters have ventilation, air-conditioning and heat?
A: Yes, shelters can be open air or fully enclosed. If fully enclosed, they can have the same ventilation, filtration, air-conditioning and electric heating of other buildings. Full end walls have one or more 450mm triangular hooded vents in them for ventilation and to stop pressure buildup.

Q: Can shelters be wired for electricity and fitted with plumbing?
A: Wires and pipe can be attached to the frames and the braces between the frames enabling you to enstall all your plumbing and electrical needs easily.

Q: How does the Fabric colour relate to the light and temperature of Shelters? Are shelters hot inside?
A: Shelter fabric does not reflect heat like steel based cladding, thus for warm climates we recommend a silver backed fabric.