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Insulating Container Homes

Building homes from shipping containers has become a more accepted and innovative housing alternative, and insulating them is of the utmost importance, so that you don't waste money or resources in heating or cooling your home. Insulating container homes is a vital way to make them more energy-efficient.

At work insulating a container house

Shipping containers are building blocks that are ready to be reclaimed and used for home construction. They are already made, and ready for you to transport to your home site. The containers are modified from their original purpose so that they'll be ready for construction use. The internal panels may be removed if you desire, for an open floor plan, but the exterior walls will need to be insulated for home use. Vertical support beams are not removed, since they carry the load of the unit. Openings will be cut in the outer walls for windows and doors.

Insulation Nation ...

Insulation coatings should be sprayed on both sides of the container walls that were left intact, which will prepare your new home for cooling and heating loads. Supertherm insulation is one type used. It's a four-part, high-performance ceramic coating that has an R-19 "R" value. This insulation adheres to shipping container surfaces, allowing you to have a comfortable home whether the outside temperature is hot or cold.

Any home being built must be insulated, although applying insulation to a cargo container is a bit trickier than the process may be in standard homes. Select from the various types of insulation available to you as a home buyer.

Container Home with Sprayed on Insulation

Roll-on or spray-on insulation works well on shipping containers, and others are insulated with more Eco-friendly insulation types, like egg cartons. Traditional insulation is not normally used on container homes, unless the steel is corrosion proof.

Traditional homes are insulated inside with wool or fiberglass, but in a shipping container, this can result in over-condensation on the inside walls from water, or corrosion. You may opt to use a spray-on polyurethane foam that works well when combined with ceramic insulation. Paint is used outside, while foam is used inside.

Thermal Efficiency ...

Paint insulation for shipping containers has a gas within it that contains interior bubbles. This will give it a high rating for thermal efficiency. You may purchase closed-cell or open-cell foam, depending on the budget, R-factor needed and strength.

When you are preparing to install your shipping container insulation, you can do the insulation and the wall board with two people per container. It will require about two days to complete. It's a tiring job, but the time is well-spent in energy savings later on.

The Earth Can Provide Some Natural Insulation

Insulate only in well-ventilated areas, so that your breathing is not impaired. Use a breathing mask and use goggles over your eyes to protect them. Keep well-hydrated if you do the job yourself, since temperatures may be high in the container.

Conclusion ...

Once you have the insulation process completed, you will have an energy-efficient home that may even rival traditional homes in energy savings.

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