Floor for a container home

22.2.2017

Would you like to live in an inexpensive home and get it fast? In that case, the easiest way is to get a container to live in. You don’t often encounter them here, but they are commonly used abroad, with companies, kindergartens, public institutions or families using them. You would be rather surprised what kind of luxury living is possible when your container is nicely equipped.

Is living in a container really possible?

We say we should never judge a book by its cover, and that also applies to container homes. When you talk about an ordinary sanitation container, you’re probably thinking an unattractive white cell used by bricklayers on construction sites. Naturally, an actual home container has practically nothing in common with them. The white color is definitely not a condition for it and the shape can also be built arbitrarily – of course, you are limited to the quadrant shape of a cell, but when you put several of them together side by side, you get a ordinary building with a flat roof.

A container home is a popular choice for living in, for example, in Texas and California (generally in the USA). From European countries, we could perhaps name Great Britain – there is one area of London where you will find only container homes. In Germany, they are used to build nursing homes, dormitories and nursery schools, i.e. buildings that usually have to be built very quickly.

But there are companies here that also build houses from containers homes, so if you buy such a home, you certainly won’t be standing out.

Why do people love them so much?

There are two reasons – price and speed. In our country you can get a container home with two rooms and a kitchen for about 400,000 crowns. It’s almost unbelievable, but you can move in within a week. The container is built in a hall, so it’s not hampered by the weather. The container is brought to the site ready to go and after that it only depends on how long it takes you to furnish the interior.

Container home

PVC floor tiles are used for the floors

Depending on where you get your container, you may already have a floor in it. If you buy an ordinary shipping container which workers use only for the time of construction, it will probably have hardwood floors. Be careful, because shipping containers are designed to withstand the journey across oceans and to protect cargo. For this reason, the wooden floor is often filled with different types of chemicals, so it’s better to remove it and put in a new one.

If you plan to use a container as a home, it’s better to have a company that builds special containers put it together for you on demand. In this case, you will usually get it without a floor. Companies supply pure cells and it’s up to you to equip it. They usually recommend PVC floor tiles and Fortelock is one of the options. Why?

Speed of installation

One of the main reasons is speed. You get a container home because you’re looking for a quick place where to live and don’t want to be held up by the floor installation. You can also move into an unequipped container, but the floor is one of the items you cannot do without. You can install PVC floor tiles really quickly, and Fortelock tiles require no gluing or drying time. As soon as you put them in, it’s time to move in.

Adjusting the dimensions

Fortelock PVC floor tiles can be cut with a simple knife. You can easily modify the edges of the tiles to make them fit perfectly.

Perfect thermal insulation

The walls of the container do not insulate very well and so it’s particularly important to think about thermal insulation if you’re planning to live in it all year round. And since the worst type of cold affects your feet, the floor in your container plays a really important role. Often an electric coil is used under the floor to heat it, but it’s also good to think about an insulated floor. Fortelock PVC floor tiles act as a thermal insulator, so the cold won’t be hard on your feet in the container.

Removing moisture

PVC floor tiles will save you from mold and corrosion in particular. It has a bottom-side system of drainage channels that drain away moisture. In the case of steel containers, this is mainly good because the material could rust in a wet environment.

Environmental variant

Maybe you will choose a container home because you want to live in an environmentally friendly way with the least amount of burden on nature. The design of the Fortelock floor also bears out this spirit. The floor tiles are made out of recyclable materials, and as soon as they have finished their service, they can be recycled and pressed again.

No one needs to know that it’s a container home

If you decide to get a container home and you do up the outside really well, no one will notice at first glance that it’s not a brick home. It’s even possible to set up another container next to it as a garage. Even there you can use Fortelock floor tiles. They are used very often in garages because they can withstand a lot of weight.

Container home

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