Shipping container tent structures are ideal for applications that require a lot of space. You can use the interior floor space of the structure itself and use the shipping containers as extra storage. As a bonus, the shipping containers themselves act as an anchor as well as a foundation. Overall, they’re incredibly strong, durable structures that will protect your interior for years. The question is, how long will your shipping container tent truly last?

The Lifespan of a Tent Structure

The tricky part about answering this question is that while the base components come together to make one structure, they’re two separate parts. To determine their lifespan, we first have to look at them as separate pieces.

Depending on the quality of materials your manufacturer uses, a tent structure can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Top-quality structures should be composed of a galvanized steel metal frame and a PVC, tear-resistant fabric membrane. The engineers who construct your tent structure should also keep in mind the average weather conditions in your location as well as local building codes and requirements. Keeping these factors in mind will help ensure your tent structure will meet that 30-year mark.

The Lifespan of a Shipping Container

The average lifespan of a shipping container is about 25 to 30 years, about the same as a tent structure. Once again, how long the container will truly last depends on the quality of materials the manufacturer uses. Shipping containers should be made of Corten steel—a group of steel alloys known for being resistant to the effects of meteorological conditions. A shipping container should also be watertight; step inside, close all the doors, and if any light leaks in, you’ll know it’s not watertight.

How To Maintain Your Shipping Container Tent

We know how long these parts can last on their own, but how long will a shipping container tent last in its entirety? In truth, these structures can last up to the 30-year mark, but not without maintenance and a watchful eye. While shipping containers can withstand a myriad of weather conditions, salt water can wear them down faster, and you shouldn’t let them sit on damp ground for extended periods of time. You should also clean them periodically by pressure washing any caked-on grime and using a soft, bristled brush to scrub away stubborn dirt and stains.

In terms of your tent, inspect the fabric often for tears so that you can contact your manufacturer and quickly repair damages. When you clean your shipping containers, you should also take the time to clean your fabric membrane. Simply use a pressure washer on medium pressure, stand back about 10 feet, and spray the structure from bottom to top. Ask your manufacturer if they recommend a cleaning solution.

If you’re in need of a quality tent structure, Big Top Manufacturing only uses the best materials to construct your shipping container hoop building. Our structures are tear-resistant, block out 99.95 percent of UV rays, and stand tall against inclement weather so that you can rely on your structure for years to come.

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