How To Clad a Shipping Container

There are many reasons why people choose to use a new or second-hand shipping container as a temporary or semi-permanent structure. They can be converted into anything from a garden office, to a pop-up bar, to a modular classroom, or a lithium battery storage facility. A converted shipping container can offer you the perfect solution, as it can be so flexible – like a real-life Lego block.

Shipping containers have been originally built to transport their cargo around the world. This means that they are of regular sizes and shape, are durable, and are able to withstand extreme weather conditions. They are also normally made from corrugated metal, which means that they are the ideal construction material.

Why clad your Shipping Container?

When you are using a shipping container for something other than shipping cargo – like creating a building, for example – you might not always want a corrugated metal exterior finish, and this is where cladding comes in.

Cladding your shipping container also adds another layer to the ‘walls’ of the container, helping with insulation whilst not reducing the size of the inside of your shipping container.

The metal construction of a shipping container can mean that it gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter, and this is why insulation is an important modification that needs to be made if people are going to be spending any time in it.

Container Cladding

Most people who clad their shipping container will look to clad it with timber. This can give it a more natural look, help it to blend well into the garden, or make it attractive to potential customers or visitors. There is usually a range of different varieties of wood to choose from, helping your converted shipping container to fit in well with its natural surroundings and match other buildings.

Other cladding ideas include thin strips of brick to make the container look like a brick and mortar building, or brushed steel to give it a more modern look.

Some people also prefer to add an insulating lining to the inside of their converted shipping container to help regulate the inside temperature, whilst professionally painting its outside. This allows you to keep some of the character of the shipping container whilst keeping in line with your business’s branding or other desired colour schemes.

How Shipping Containers are Cladded

The process of cladding a shipping container would normally involve attaching wooden batons horizontally to the outside of the container. The cladding would then be added vertically, being attached to the wooden batons in sections all of the way around the shipping container. This process would, of course, change slightly depending on the type of cladding that you are using.

The price of cladding your shipping container will usually vary depending on the material you are cladding it with, as well as the size of your shipping container. Regular shipping containers can vary in size from 10ft standard height to 40ft high cube containers.

It is mainly for aesthetic reasons that people decide that they want to add cladding to their converted shipping container, but it can be added as another part of the design process, in some cases, completely disguising the fact that it was previously used as a shipping container. This, combined with its insulating qualities, means that cladding is a good option if you are looking to change the appearance of your shipping container.