FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON OUR PRODUCTS
What types of containers are on the market?
Basically, we can distinguish two types of containers: building containers, known for example from construction sites and sea containers used mainly for sea transport. The main difference between these types mainly concerns construction. Marine containers have been designed for long-term use in harsh marine environments.
What type of steel are sea containers made of?
Sea containers are made of corten type steel with increased resistance to weather conditions. Korten or COR-TEN steel has been specially designed and developed to minimize the corrosion process in very difficult weather conditions occurring in the marine environment.
What are the dimensions of sea containers?
The length of sea containers is standardized in accordance with ISO and is expressed in feet – we usually use containers with a size of 10 ”; 20”; and 40 ”. In terms of height, we differentiate between standard containers and elevated containers (HC). Inside, the height is 2.39 m and 2.69 m, respectively. DC standard container (external dimensions) 10 “(feet) – 2.89 m (length) x 2.44 m (width) x 2.59 m (height) 20 “(feet) – 6.06 m (length) x 2.44 m (width) x 2.59 m (h) ) 40 ”; (feet) – 12.19 m (length) x 2.44 m (W) x 2.59 m (H) HC container with elevated height (external dimensions) 20 ” (feet) ) – 6.06 m (length) x 2.44 m (width) x 2.89 m (height) 40 ”; (foot) – 12.19 m (length) x 2.44 m ( width) x 2.89 m (h)
How much does a container weigh?
The gross weight of an empty container is 2.5 tonnes for a 20″ container; and 4 tonnes for a 40″ container; The equipped L30 Home module weighs approximately 8-9 tons.
How is thermal insulation and container heating solved?
The internal insulation of walls and ceilings is sprayed with closed-cell polyurethane foam with a thickness of 80 to 100 mm and supplemented with mineral wool (50 mm). The technology used eliminates thermal bridges. For floor insulation, we use closed-cell polyurethane with a thickness of 50 mm. The thermal insulation proposed by us has been adapted to the Central European climatic conditions. The very good thermal insulation parameters of walls and ceiling [U 0.18 W / (m² × K)] allow relatively easy maintenance of a certain temperature, regardless of the season. For heating objects we recommend innovative electric heaters or monobloc air conditioners with heating function.
Can the roof of a house built of containers be gabled?
It is possible to use a gable or multi-pitch roof depending on the building conditions or local plan. It can be of functional importance, by using additional surface on the entresol, as well as visual, in order to meet the administrative requirements.
Can I have a fireplace?
Yes, it is best to plan its place during the planning process and to make connections at the construction stage.
Can photovoltaic panels be installed?
Yes, Flexicube can make the necessary connections.
Will I be able to move my home to another place?
Yes, regardless of the size of the object it is possible.
Is it possible to enlarge the surface of the house / office in the future?
Yes of course. The object can grow with your needs. You will certainly appreciate this advantage in the case of business development or family enlargement. It is important to plan the possibility of enlarging the space already at the stage of the original project.
PREPARATION OF INVESTMENT:
How does the offer and order process work?
For the preparation of the initial valuation we need a drawing with a description in which the customer will determine the utility functions of the object. The necessary element is to determine the setting, the number of containers and the expected glazing. On the basis of this information, we will propose one of our standard models or we will prepare a pricing of an individual project. After accepting the offer and agreeing on all the details, we prepare the technical specification to be sure that the object will be implemented in accordance with your expectations.
What is the difference between a standard offer and an individual project?
Our know-how and experience gained over the past years has enabled us to prepare a standard offer. We have combined the most common requirements and preferences of clients to give us the opportunity to quickly choose and enjoy a proven solution. Under the individual project, we prepare the concept together with the client. Starting from structural changes, by combining containers into larger objects and stacking, on an unusual architecture. As part of the order, we can prepare drawings, 3D projections, visualizations and, if necessary, a construction project. Depending on the budget, basically everything is possible – we will be happy to advise and present individual offers. We can also cooperate with the design office indicated by the client.
How much does an object built from containers cost?
We can only accurately determine the prices of objects from the standard offer. Other solutions are priced individually. Experience shows, however, that the average cost of adaptation of a container in the developer’s state is at the level of 3000 PLN / m2 net.
How should I understand the developer status?
This is the basic scope of adaptation of the container containing the following elements: a new sea container (one way), construction changes of the container, polyurethane spray insulation, internal construction of walls and ceilings, water and sewage system, electrical installation (sockets, connectors), plasterboard ; smooth, interior painting, window and door woodwork (PVC anthracite, 3-pane package); flashing; external painting.
Will I get a discount by ordering larger quantities?
Flexicube prides itself on operational efficiency, thanks to which it is able to offer all customers fair prices. If the order positively affects the purchase prices of raw materials from our suppliers, we will be able to take this fact into account by applying the appropriate discount.
ORDER EXECUTION AND DELIVERY:
How long does the order take?
In the case of standard projects offered, construction time is on average 8 to 12 weeks after the contract is signed. The duration of the remaining orders is determined individually and to a large extent depends on the scope of the work ordered. In case of emergency, shorter delivery times are possible at an additional cost.
Will I need a building permit?
According to the building law, facilities up to 35 sq m (models L15, L30 and F30) do not require a building permit, only applications to the competent office. For larger buildings (over 35 m2), a building permit is required.
How to prepare a plot of land before delivery of a container?
The scope of land preparation, including foundations, depends on local conditions. In most cases, it is sufficient to use stable support points (blocks, concrete slabs, footings), eliminating the need for costly foundations.
Does the plot have to have media fed (water, sewage, energy)?
If we want to use the existing network, it is necessary to bring the media directly to the site of the building. We can also provide a container with its own source of energy, equipped with clean and dirty water installations within closed tanks.
How does the container delivery take place?
First of all, it should be possible to get a truck to the place of unloading. The container is transported by lorry and unloaded by means of a crane. The cost of transport depends on the place of delivery. Transport of one container in Poland is a cost of 1000-3000 PLN / net. The cost of unloading depends on the price of a lift service in a given location.
Containers are designed to withstand harsh marine conditions, so they are extremely durable. They are made of high-strength steel and coated with specialist paints to improve their durability, and therefore do not require frequent maintenance.
Are containers exposed to condensation?
Any metal surface exposed to temperature changes is inevitably exposed to the condensation process, but there are ways to mitigate this phenomenon. Research shows that the corrugated surface of modern container roofs (compared to the flat roofs of older structures) helps to prevent condensation. The roof of a modern container is slightly bent to form an arch upward so that the water does not stop. Water that stops on the roof of the container, reduces the temperature of the metal and causes condensation on the opposite side of the steel. Condensation is more likely in the case of used containers that have cavities on the roof, conducive to the accumulation of water. That is why we recommend our clients to implement projects based on “one way” containers. Condensation can be a problem in every building, especially in modern buildings that are better insulated and more hermetic to minimize energy losses. As a result, the water vapor is trapped inside the house and becomes visible when there are differences between the outside and inside temperatures. To prevent condensation, all buildings should have efficient gravity or mechanical ventilation installed. If the internal insulation is applied with spray polyurethane foam, condensation does not occur. That is why it is the container insulation technology we recommend.
Are the offered facilities covered by a guarantee?
Yes, all our facilities are covered by a 36 month warranty for private individuals and a 12 month warranty for companies.