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How To Insulate A Shipping Container

How To Insulate A Shipping Container

People are getting creative with shipping containers, turning them into air bed and breakfasts, cafes and even permanent homes! Obviously they require some TLC before they are ready for these uses, primarily insulation. But how do you insulate a shipping container ?

Insulating a shipping container is important for the prevention of condensation and protects against different temperatures to prevent corrosion and mould forming.

Different uses of shipping containers require different types of insulation such as , adding insulation and ply-lining or by applying a spray-foam.

The options that need to be considered before deciding on what insulation is needed are,

climate if it is cold will need an extra layer of insulation to keep heat inside the container.

Also Home Conversions, Offices and metal Storage Containers will need different types of insulation. Insulation is a top priority in uses by people for long amounts of time such as canteens or office buildings.

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It is a basic process for lining insulating a shipping container.

First you need to build an internal frame inside your shipping container.

Internal wall is mounted onto the frame.

Then the insulation material is used to fill the cavity between the internal wall and the metal of the container.

Types Of Insulation Materials

Any material with insulating properties can be used as shipping container insulation.

Rockwood and Kingspan, both require timber frame installed to hold the insulation in place, then covered with ply or melamine boards.


The cheapest option available, also provides a high quality of insulation when filled with no gaps between the timber frame and the internal metal wall.

The everyday choice ideal for office space used constantly , however if insulating a container that a person lives in requires a higher grade of insulation.


More expensive insulator compared to Rockwood but also only requires a thinner wall capacity between the internal timber-frame and metal.

Allowing more space internally inside the container allowing maximum usage of the shipping container.

Spray Foam

Popular in the international container home marketplace, Spray Foam is more expensive than Kingspan as the method of installing it creates a seamless vapour barrier and is quick to apply. The jury is still out on the performance of Spray Foam but works just as well as both Kingspan and Rockwood.

You can insulate your shipping container or we can do it for you.

If you do it yourself you will need to build and install a wooden frame within the container and then install the insulation between the battens, when completed you can cover the framework and insulation with ply or melamine or other material.


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