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Shipping Container Homes & Snow Load

If you live in snowy climates, the structural integrity of your home becomes paramount. When it comes to withstanding heavy snow loads, shipping container homes offer distinct advantages over traditional stick-built houses.


Here’s why:


  • Robust Construction: Shipping containers are built to endure extreme conditions, including heavy snow loads, thanks to their steel structure. At S.I. Container Builds we reinforce our snow loads to 180(PSF). In Lake Tahoe California, the requirement is 150(PSF). As you can see — we really beat the pack!

  • Steel vs. Wood: Unlike stick-built homes that rely on wooden frames susceptible to warping and damage from moisture and snow, shipping containers are made of steel, providing superior strength and durability. Steel is less prone to deterioration under snow loads, ensuring the structural integrity of the home

  • Minimal Risk of Collapse: Shipping containers outperform stick-built structures. Proper reinforcement and design considerations like the ones we implement at S.I. Container Builds, further enhance our home's ability to withstand snow loads

  • Cost-Effective Solution: Container homes can be a cost-effective alternative, especially in regions prone to heavy snowfall. While initial costs may vary, the long-term durability and minimal maintenance requirements make them a sensible investment


Shipping container homes offer a viable solution for housing in snow-covered mountains, boasting superior strength and resilience to heavy snow loads compared to traditional stick-built houses. This is particularly beneficial to businesses looking for workforce housing for places like ski resorts.


Contact us here for a free, 15 minute consultation.


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