Shipping Container Insulation

Shipping Container Insulation

Residents and businesses are often on the lookout for low-cost solutions to their lack of storage, need for more working space, or temporary accommodation. And shipping containers are so versatile and customisable, it’s no wonder they are an attractive option. 

But one of the most challenging aspects of reusing shipping containers is the ability to control the temperature. This shouldn’t be a concern, however, if you use the correct shipping container insulation.

If you already have a shipping container, they are a great way of repurposing your existing property without a huge outlay. Or if you are considering investing in a shipping container as an answer to your additional space needs, they are a sound choice. They are low cost, can be stacked or moved easily, and because they are often considered temporary structures you may not need planning permission – although it’s always good to check with your local authority. 

Shipping containers are often sold off by shipping companies after only 8 – 12 years of use. This is because of the high standards required under maritime law and for insurance purposes, despite them being still fit for purpose. So shipping containers are a money-wise option for many businesses. 

But let’s look at how you can make them much more useable spaces for your business.  

Shipping Container Insulation

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Why Insulate a Shipping Container?

Shipping containers are durable – most are made from corten steel – and we know how well metal conducts heat. This makes it a less than ideal environment when the temperature soars or drops significantly. Insulation can regulate the environment of a shipping container to make sure the internal temperature is more stable. 

The original purpose of shipping containers is to transport goods in a protected environment for a temporary period. Even the longest shipping routes are not going to take more than two months. And they do a great job for that period – they are sturdy and can withstand the worst of weathers and they can be knocked and battered with very little damage. But their main purpose is not temperature control– it’s simply to protect their contents for a short time. 

Because of this, shipping container insulation is essential if you want to reuse the structure for other purposes, especially as a working or living space. And one of the benefits of using spray foam for shipping container insulation is the reduction in condensation which can be a feature of metal containers. And controlling moisture is essential if you intend to use electronic equipment inside. 

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Best Insulation for Shipping Containers?

Unlike some of the traditional insulation methods mentioned above, spray foam insulation could be the best option for your shipping container.   

Many traditional insulation methods leave gaps which makes temperature and air movement harder to regulate. This in turn reduces the effectiveness of the insulation. Spray foam insulation for shipping containers doesn’t have this problem because it can be installed in one layer, adheres to most surfaces and provides a gap-free seal. 

It also expands up to 50 times its original size which helps to fill awkward or harder-to-reach areas of the container. It’s so effective that it can reduce energy savings by up to 50% compared to other insulation products, so it’s not only the most versatile choice, it could be the most economic choice too.

Can you use a DIY spray foam insulation shipping container kit?

We’re all for helping people cut costs – it’s what we’re all about. And if you’re considering how to insulate a shipping container home, DIYing may seem a cost-effective choice. But we don’t want individuals or businesses to save money only to put themselves or their employees at risk. 

While DIY spray foam kits are available, we’d strongly recommend avoiding them.

Here’s why:

  • DIY spray foam poses a significant health risk.
  • To get energy efficient coverage takes skill and experience.
  • It is a less economic way of insulating a shipping container.

Spray insulation is a polyurethane foam and requires protective clothing during installation as it gives off harmful chemicals. It takes a specialist to apply it properly and safely. 

So please contact us for a quote and we can make sure your spray foam is installed efficiently, effectively and at no risk to you or others. 

How much does it cost to insulate a shipping container UK?

The costs for shipping container insulation vary depending on the material and contractors you use. The cheapest way to insulate a shipping container may not be the best or safest way. It will also depend on the dimensions of your shipping container, especially if you have customised the structure. 

Spray foam insulation is a highly cost-effective option. Before giving an estimate, it is important to arrange a pre-installation survey with a qualified installer to assess the area that needs insulation. To arrange one with Spray Foam Tech get in touch today

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If you’re considering hiring contractors for shipping container insulation or for your commercial insulation, we’ll be glad to help. Contact us for a quote or just to discuss your insulation options. The Spray Foam Tech team are always happy to help.

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