During the wintertime, it can get pretty cold and snowy in Cedar City and the surrounding areas. While winter weather is great for sledding and skiing, it’s not without its downsides and risks.

If you have a storage container, you may wonder how the colder temperatures will impact your belongings inside. Are storage containers able to withstand winter weather, or do you need to move your items inside?

Here’s all the information you need on storage containers in winter from the professionals at Airtight Storage.

Advantages of Shipping Containers as Storage Units

Shipping containers are created to withstand all kinds of extreme weather. These devices were originally created to move cargo across oceans, so they need to be able to handle rain, snow, wind, and much more.

The outside of these shipping containers can handle the impact of cold temperatures and snow. While rust can occur, it’s usually not a major issue unless the shipping container isn’t well maintained.

As far as the inside goes, base models of shipping containers aren’t temperature-regulated. So, you will want to take care to insulate items that are more sensitive to cold temperatures. Or, you can reach out to storage facilities that offer climate-controlled units. However, while it can get cold inside the unit, it’s very unlikely that water will make its way inside.

Tips to Further Protect Your Belongings

Now that you know the basics of how shipping containers react to cold weather, it’s important to know a few tips on how to protect more sensitive belongings.

Here is what you can do:

  1. Use quality packing materials: Plastic bins with secure lids are much better options than cardboard boxes. You can also use things like blankets, packing peanuts, and bubble wrap to further protect your stuff.
  2. Avoid storing certain items in the middle of winter: While you can protect your belongings through increased insulation, some items are better to store indoors in the winter. For example, anything with water in it that can freeze should be kept inside. You should also bring wooden instruments in for the winter.
  3. Include moisture absorbents: While storage containers are generally good for keeping out water, moisture can still build up inside the unit, especially if you have any items that are retaining moisture. But, you can use absorbents like silica gel in boxes and bins to help with this issue.

Also, while it’s more time and labor-intensive, it’s possible to insulate shipping containers to make them warmer inside.

For more assistance, check out this blog on winter storage tips.

Secure, Affordable Storage in Utah

Shipping containers make secure, weather-resistant storage options. At Airtight Storage, we provide many sizes and options for those in the Cedar City area.

We offer storage containers for rent, and we also provide movable storage trailers. Whether you need extra storage space for your home or business, you can trust your belongings will be safe from cold temperatures and other risks.

Contact us today to request a quote!

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