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Insulating a Container – How Suitable are Containers in the Cold Winter?

Shipping containers are being used for different purposes around the world and many people are repurposing them into offices and homes. These are great ideas and if you are considering either one of these options, you are likely wondering if container units are suitable during the winter. In order to be comfortable in your new shipping container during the colder months, you must insulate your container. This is a must; otherwise, you will feel the frigid temperatures. The bare metal walls of the container alone would not allow you to work or relax in your container during the winter season.

It is important to insulate your container to prevent condensation as that can lead to a number of problems, which could be costly and time-consuming to fix down the road. . Because shipping containers are originally built to transport goods, they are not generally equipped with insulation, so this is something you must do on your own as the units are made of metal, so you would feel the colder temperatures a lot more than you would in a building made of brick. Luckily, there are a few different methods of insulation that you can consider to make your container safe and comfortable.

The following are just some of the options that would help you get through the colder months:

Rockwool

This is one of the most common insulation materials because it is extremely cost-effective and performs exceptionally well, so long as there are no gaps in the material. Because it is so affordable, it is recommended that you invest in a higher quality version of this material to enhance its performance for your container.

Kingspan

This is another effective method that would allow you to retain heat within your container during the winter season. It is a little more expensive than Rockwool but is worth it because the material is thinner, so it would allow more space to be utilized within the unit. They are also very good at covering gaps, so it is a great option to consider.

Spray foam

The insulation we recommend the most is spray foam. This is a suitable solution that would provide you with the best results you’re after when used for shipping container conversions. This option provides many benefits to your container. Spray foam helps with noise reduction and helps the structure of the container. This will be especially beneficial during heavy winds and snowstorms. The initial cost of the spray foam insulation may be higher than other forms of insulation, but will out-last other alternatives and will help keep your heating bill low by keeping your container warm in the winter.

Whatever you choose, Giant Containers can offer you more information. We specialize in modular and prefabricated buildings and can provide you with customizable, supportive, and affordable housing options. We can discuss ideas surrounding prop HHH housing, container cafes, condo sales centers, mobile buildings and more, so give us a call today!

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