How to Insulate your Shipping Container Home


Building a home using old shipping containers has been increasingly popular over the past few years. You only have to go on YouTube to discover its popularity. The great thing about this venture is that it allows you to quickly, and easily turn these shipping containers into beautiful homes.

Insulating a Shipping Container Home

Insulating your shipping container home is, in most parts of the world, something that you cannot easily dispense with. The containers are made using steel and are, therefore, good conductors of both heat and cold. That makes it imperative for the would-be homeowner to ensure that all weather extremes are kept at bay. Here are some ways you can do this:

Spray-on Foam

One of the easiest ways through which you can insulate your shipping container home is by using polyurethane foam. There are various types of foam out there that can be sprayed either in or outside your container home, thus providing protection from the elements. The great thing about these types of foam is that you can choose ones that allow your home to blend into your surroundings seamlessly. Spray-on foams can be applied using a specialised applicator. The foam is designed to swell once it has been sprayed onto the walls and can them be shaved off to the required depths.

Roll on Insulation

Shipping container homes can also be insulated using roll on insulation. This method is easy enough for most DIY enthusiasts to do without mistakes. All that you need to do is roll in the insulation, which you can then cover with your chosen panelling.

Foam Board Insulation

This is made up of 2 inches of foam board, with an exterior that is made of laminated materials. That ensures that the panels can easily be cleaned. The great thing about this type of insulation is that it comes pre-cut and can be easily installed on any shipping container home. However, one of the major disadvantages of this kind of insulation is that, at 2 inches, the amount of protection that is offered is rather average.

What to use on Interior Walls

Many materials can be utilised, including plywood, thin wood panelling, drywall, steel plating, fibreglass, and FRP panels. The most important thing that you need to remember is that you should have adequate insulation in your shipping container home to stop both heat and cold from seeping in.

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