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In this post, read up on the different ways you can insulate your shipping container to suit your individual needs.

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Standard Insulation

Spray Foam Insulation
Rooftop Gardens

Shipping containers are nothing more than big, rectangular metal boxes made from corrugated steel. If you’re planning on remodelling and repurposing a shipping container for other uses besides transportation or storage, you’ll very likely want to insulate your shipping container to achieve a far more comfortable internal temperature.

After all, steel gets very hot baking under the summer sun and cold as ice in the dead of winter.

Let’s look at some ways you can insulate your shipping container if you plan to use it for:

10 uses of shipping containers

Standard Insulation

One of the most common options for insulating shipping containers is to use the standard insulation that’s employed in most homes.

First a false ceiling needs to be installed so there’s a space beneath the metal roof to line with insulation.

Unfortunately this false ceiling does reduce the height inside the container, but one way around this issue is to buy a high cube shipping container, which has about one extra foot of internal headroom.

Alternatively, instead of regular insulation, you could use cork on the ceiling. Not quite as effective, but doesn’t necessarily require you to install a false ceiling.

Spray Foam Insulation

The spray foam method is generally a little more expensive than conventional insulation, but it’s quicker and easier to apply and doesn’t require any extra building, such as false ceilings.

The spray foam can be used both internally and externally. You can insulate the ceiling and the walls for even better climate control.

Another advantage to this method is it will lock in any toxins in the paint that coats the container, trapping them so they are harmless.

When it comes to shipping container insulation methods, spray foam insulation often seems to be the product of choice.

The downside is people with asthma and allergies could potentially have a reaction to the contents of the spray foam. Once applied, it’s best to coat it and seal it with non-toxic paint.

Rooftop Garden for Shipping Container Homes

Many people who decide to build a home from shipping containers are often looking for ways to downsize their house, as well as living a more sustainable lifestyle. This has led to some very innovative thinking and some really cool adaptations.

A really good idea is the shipping container home rooftop garden.

Now this garden could simply be for flowers or small plants, or it could even be a vegetable garden for even more sustainability and self-sufficiency.

The huge advantage to a shipping container is its flat roof. When a garden is constructed on top of the container, this insulates the roof from the sun and the elements, helping keep the interior cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

The garden will love the exposure to the sunlight and rain too.

It’s an effective and natural way to insulate while also helping the environment in a small way.

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