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