Spray Foam Insulation — the Best Insulation Option for Shipping Container Homes
Thinking of living in a shipping container home? The easy and affordable solution of steel container living can present some unique challenges in regards to controlling the interior temperature. Bob’s Containers provides an answer by way of spray foam insulation.
Spray foam insulation is very pliable and can be placed in gaps of any size. It is, however, not a project you want to take on yourself unless you are experienced. Installing spray foam insulation can be time consuming, messy, and will present an out-gassing hazard. It is also a more expensive option for storage home insulation, and is best left to our team of professionals.
When we insulate a shipping container, we separate the outdoors from the conditioned interior space inside. Most enclosed climate controlled structures are insulated similarly to our shipping container homes. However, unlike the traditional types of residential construction, shipping container homes and offices have an extra obstacle of an external surface made completely from steel. Since steel is such an effective thermal conductor, it is quite poor at keeping your airspace at a different temperature than the climate outside. Therefore, insulation is often needed more for shipping container homes than for other construction types.
Although it comes at a higher cost, closed cell spray foam is the most efficient and effective insulation for shipping containers by offering the highest value. Since sprayed directly, there are no gaps between the insulation and the container’s wall as with other insulation methods. There is also lower risk of moisture developing with closed cell spray foam. Foam can be sprayed as thick as needed to achieve the level of climate control you want, to reside comfortably in your new container home, office, or cabin. At Bob’s Containers, we provide 1” and 2” options, providing the R-value of 6.5 and 13, respectively.