Shipping Container Garages

Shipping Container Garages

Add to your functionality and storage space with a shipping container garage.

Ultimate Shipping Container Garage Storage

Have a shipping container or two? Need more space for your vehicles or storage? Convert existing shipping containers into a functional and secure working area using a SteelMaster steel shipping container roof kit.

Container Cover Garage Configurations

The utility and versatility of a shipping container as a building is well known. They can be stacked and assembled to make houses, garages or storage sheds. However, depending on what you’re looking to store, you may need storage beyond a standard shipping container. These are the four basic options for creating a shipping container garage that fits your needs using a roofing system.

1 Container with roofing system

1 Container with roofing system

Although not as common, you can create a container cover garage with just one shipping container.

  • Only one container required
  • Adds additional space for vehicles and storage
  • Adds height to the garage for taller vehicles
2 Container Garage

2 Container Garage

Our most popular option! With two container covers, you can place them anywhere between 10 and 60 feet apart and add steel roofing for shelter.

  • Adds roofing between two containers
  • Option to enclose the structure
  • Commonly used on job sites or storing larger vehicles
Fully Enclosed Shipping Container Garage

Fully Enclosed Shipping Container Garage

You can enclose both ends and add a garage door to your container cover structure.

  • Adds two endwalls and fully functioning garage door
  • Most secure container garage option
  • Good option for large-scale storage or residential applications

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Add Size With Minimal Cost To Your Container Garage With A Roof

The standard shipping container’s interior width is 7.8 feet, a height ranging between 7.3 and 7.8 feet, and lengths ranging from 20 to 40 feet. Most cars and trucks can fit inside a shipping container, but the fit may be a bit too snug with little extra space for most vehicles.

Length (feet) Width (feet) Height (feet)
Average Sedan 15 to 16.5 5.5 to 6 4.5 to 5
Average Truck (Pickup) 17.5 to 22 6 to 7 6 to 7
Shipping Container 20 to 40 8 8.5

A container cover roof garage offers significantly more usable space for storage and vehicle maneuverability compared to using just Conex boxes alone. The expanded area allows for easier access and better organization of items within your garage.


The Ultimate Guide to Container Covers

The Ultimate Guide to Container Covers

Check out real-life SteelMaster projects & learn more about:

  • The features and benefits of container cover roofing systems
  • Step-by-step arch construction
  • Technical specs & certifications


Design Advantages Of Container Garages

Compared to traditional garages or container buildings, container roof garages have many benefits.

Traditional Garage Container Garage Container Garage With Roof
Quick Construction No Yes Yes
Easy To Maintain No Yes Yes
Portable No Yes Yes
Easy To Expand No No Yes

Because the ISO container provides much of the structure, container cover garages are much easier to construct and customize for several reasons, including:

  • Steel arch panels come pre-cut and with pre-punched holes
  • Made from heavy-duty, commercial-grade steel
  • Coated with Galvalume Plus, which is maintenance-free, prevents corrosion and reflects sunlight to reduce heat
  • Portable; arches can be disassembled and reassembled at a different location
  • Easily expandable with more shipping containers or arch panels


How To Plan Your Container Garage

Our experienced team can help you turn your garage ideas into a storage solution that meets your needs. If you have the land, shipping containers, and idea for a design, we can help you build it. There are a few garage design elements you’ll need to consider.

Size & Number Of Shipping Containers

By adding a roof, you can build your shipping container garage with just one container or more.

The most popular choice is to use two shipping containers and affix a roof to the top of the containers at the desired garage size.

You can choose any garage width up to 60 feet and space the shipping containers accordingly.

Garage Interior Planning

With the shipping containers acting as a base, you can keep your garage simple, open-ended with dirt floors or have it resemble a more traditional garage with enclosed ends and a concrete foundation. The rest of the inside of the garage is up to you making it as finished as you need it to be.

Area Load Requirements

SteelMaster works with you to help determine the correct code and load requirements for the location of your garage structure. Our in-house engineers provide state-stamped blueprints so you’ll have what you need for the permitting process.