Insulation is essential to keeping your shipping container home comfortable in the spring, summer and fall. It can also prevent condensation and protect valuable art, food, medical products or electronics from damage that results when warm air comes in contact with the cold steel surface of your containers.
Shipping containers are insulated by default when they are used to transport flowers, produce and other chilled goods. In order to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, you will want to insulate both the interior walls and the ceiling. Some people even choose to insulate the floor of their container homes to stop ground moisture from seeping in.
Many different types of insulation are available for shipping containers. Each type of insulation has its own pros and cons. The best type of insulation for your container will depend on the climate in your region as well as the size of your home and how much money you are willing to spend.
The simplest and most cost-effective method of shipping container insulation is to use foam panel insulation. This insulation is made of polystyrene (better known as Styrofoam) and can be glued directly to the interior wall of the shipping container. This is an easy project that do-it-yourselfers can do and it will create a flat, framed look in the interior of your shipping container home. The only drawback of using this type of insulation is that it has the lowest R-value and does not last as long as other forms of insulation.