Although a shipping container is a naturally sturdy product, you want to make sure you weatherproof them as much as possible. This is especially important when you're planning to store important goods in a container or when you want to use it as an outbuilding. With a few simple tips, you can weatherproof your container and enjoy the assurance that its contents are safe.

Try using an anti-corrosion paint

The metal outside your shipping container probably needs some protection against water. This is especially true when you're using it in an area with high rainfall or if you're in a location that's prone to flooding. By using an anti-corrosion paint, you can protect the contents against water by preventing rust. As rust weakens structures considerably, preventing it will also deter potential thieves.

Take steps to reduce condensation

Even with the best of preparations, some condensation may make its way into your container. You can take steps to reduce its impact, though. Start by using geothermal insulation that prevents water from wreaking havoc and causing dampness. You may also want to try using silica gel and other dehumidifiers to capture moisture in the air. If you do choose to use silica gel or a similar substance, make sure you replace the sachets or containers every few months to ensure they remain effective.

Ventilate your shipping container

Depending on what you want to use your shipping container for, you may need to provide it with extra ventilation. This is usually the case when you intend to use it as an outbuilding or as a place for carrying out work. When there's going to be a lot of human activity in your container, adding ventilation reduces the risk of damp and mould. In turn, this prevents the structure from weakening, which then makes it stronger against adverse weather.

Perform routine inspections 

Regularly inspecting your container for signs of water damage and holes can prevent smaller problems from evolving into big ones. Try inspecting your container once every six months. Additionally, if there's a significant adverse weather event in your locale, perform an additional inspection to be on the safe side. If you notice any problems, repair them as quickly as you can.

Whether the shipping container you're buying is new or used, you need to do what you can do weatherproof it. Always remember to ask about existing weatherproofing efforts upon making your purchase.