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What is the best kind of insulation for a shipping container home?

It’s becoming more and more popular to convert shipping containers for a range of reasons, whether it’s due to the ability to transport them, the sustainability factor involved, because the shipping containers are being recycled and it can use significantly less energy to convert and use, or the customisation element – you can transform a shipping container into almost anything you want!

When converting a shipping container into a home, its crucial to get the insulation right to keep warm, prevent heat loss and prevent condensation. Shipping containers have very thin walls, so any heat will soon flow out of the container. There are a range of different insulation options when looking at converting shipping containers, so we’ve outlined a few below.

Insulation Boards

One of the most common forms of insulation around are insulation boards. Easy to install, and quick to fit to your room or container, this is definitely one to consider. It’s also a great option in shipping containers where space is limited because although insulation panels are relatively thin, they have high R values so will insulate your container well without needing to be too thick.

Blanket Insulation

Blanket insulation is one of the more traditional insulation materials available. Blanket insulation comes in rolls so needs to be fitted into panels, or installed and then covered with plywood or other sheets, which will require extra work to be done. Additionally, some blanket insulation is made from fibreglass which is harmful if not handled with properly.

Natural Insulation

Why not use wool, cotton or recycled insulation to insulate your shipping container? Installed similarly to blanket insulation, there can be some drawbacks such as the installation process, but they are both eco-friendly methods which are perfect if you’re creating a shipping container home as part of a move towards more sustainable living.

Spray Foam

Spray foam is one of the most popular forms of insulation when considering a shipping container because it allows you to create a seamless layer of insulation – any seams present the potential for heat loss and condensation ingress. Spray foam has one of the highest R values of insulation products which is another benefit – R values measure the effectiveness a material has at preventing conductive heat flow. The higher the R value, the more effective the material is as a thermal insulator. However, spray foam is one of the more costly options available to you.

If you’re looking for insulation for a shipping container or for any other project, take a look at our range here, or give our team of experts a call on 01752 692 206

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