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How to Budget-Consciously Insulate Your Intermodal

  • Care & Maintenance
23rd November 2020

If you are buying a shipping container that you are hoping to convert into a structure where people or animals will be spending any time – or, indeed it will have contents that must be kept at a specific temperature, you will need to insulate it. This is because these units is made from steel – which is a great conductor of heat (and cold).

This means that any hot or cold weather temperature will easily transfer to the inside of the container, meaning that you will not only have to continually heat or cool it, but it will also lose its heated or cooled air quickly.

This might sound like an expensive job – and whilst there are certainly more expensive ways to insulate your conversion, there are also other ways that are more budget-friendly.

Different Uses

Before you decide what kind of insulation you require you should think about what you are using your unit for, where you are putting it, and how it will be used. For example, if you are putting it somewhere that gets very hot or very cold you will need a thicker insulation than if you are in a moderate climate. This is vital not only to help to regulate the temperature but also to help to control condensation within the container.

If you are planning on using your converted unit as an office or modular accommodation unit, where people will be spending long amounts of time in the building, you will need to make it better insulated, as you will also need to if you are intending to be using it at night when temperatures drop.

Insulation Materials

There are many materials that people are using to insulate buildings, from Rockwool to sheep wool to newspaper. They all have different u-values – which indicates the effectiveness of the insulation, but some are more expensive than others.

The insulating process usually involves adding an internal wall to the container then filling the gap between the inner and outer walls (the cavity) with the insulation material.

The most cost-effective way to insulate your unit is to use an insulating lining. This can be done during the fabrication process of your conversion.

It is recommended that you discuss the best way to insulate your conversion during the design process with our specialist design team who will be able to advise you on the most appropriate insulating method and material for you.

As the insulation will normally be added during the fabrication process, and it can be difficult to do this retrospectively.

You might find, however, that you can add cladding to the outside wall of your construction for additional insulation as well as check that your doors and windows (if you have them) are double or triple-glazed. It is important that if you or anyone else is planning on spending any time in your converted container, you insulate it properly. This will not only help you to keep the interior temperature regulated, and easy to be in, but will also help to reduce condensation, and keep your energy bills lower.

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