If you are contemplating purchasing a shipping container for the sole use of a living space, whether as a workshop, an office or even a granny flat, then insulation is a primary concern that you should have. Some individuals may assume that insulation would not be important, especially if they live in an area with a predominantly hot climate. The reality is that insulation will not simply function to keep your shipping container warm, but it can also function to keep it cool during the hotter months. Moreover, insulation also helps in reducing the chances of condensation occurring, which would pose the risk of corrosion to your shipping container. Lastly, insulation will also prevent the development of mould. Below are some of the different solutions you could choose when considering insulation for your shipping container.

Spray foam insulation

If you are looking for a seamless barrier of insulation that will help in preventing the transfer of moisture vapour into your shipping container, then foam would be an ideal option. One of the main advantages of this type of insulation is that it has a quick installation process, thereby decreasing your labour costs.

Moreover, foam also has one of the highest R ratings when compared to other insulation solutions. Lastly, since spray foam is extremely flexible, it gives you the flexibility to insulate oddly shaped cracks and crevices that would be difficult to insulate.

One drawback with working with foam is that it is quite messy; thus, it is best left to the professionals. In addition to this, spray foam is also one of the more expensive solutions you could consider and thus may not be financially feasible for individuals who have a restrictive budget.

Panel insulation

If you are looking to install the insulation on your own to save some money on labour, then panel insulation would be right up your alley. This type of insulation simply needs walls studs for it to be fitted, and these can be easily found at your local hardware store.

Another advantage of panel insulation is that it is available in predefined sizes. Therefore, you would not have to be concerned with measuring and cutting the insulation to suit your shipping container's dimensions.

Lastly, panel insulation comes with a high R rating. Therefore, you do not have to worry about resorting to thick panelling to ensure that your shipping container is adequately insulated. Nevertheless, it still has one major drawback in that you will not be able to customise the panel insulation to cover small nooks and crannies that may be located at hard to reach areas.