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Trapped moisture inside shipping and storage containers can cause problems for any materials inside made of textiles such as paper and leather, electrical items and general household furniture. Even cardboard boxes used to keep your items in can be reduced to a soggy mess. If steps are not taken to minimize condensation trapped within the steel body of the container as temperatures fluctuate, then upon opening the container you may find the contents have become wet and mouldy. On top of this, if liquids are stored in the container there is a risk of freezing them during very cold periods. To even out temperatures inside containers and absorb some of the moisture we recommend using ply lined containers for goods that can perish in this way.

Four steps to a lining and insulating our containers

1. A timber frame is inserted inside the steel structure of the container. We don't drill so there won't be any leaking holes left

2. A mineral based insulating substance, known as Rockwool, is used to pack the walls of the container. Rockwool is highly efficient at trapping heat and is made of naturally occurring substances, so it poses no health risk

3. Timber ply boards are nailed to the frame over the insulating material

4. The edges are finished off with beading to ensure no gaps are left

Hardy enough even for the Highland mountains!

Sometimes the doors on ply lined containers will also be lined and insulated. This gives added protection if the container is to be kept in extreme weather conditions. For instance this 6ft container from our stock of ply lined containers was sold to the Highland Rescue team and located in the Scottish mountains! It was an absolute necessity for the container to stay dry and frost free in order to preserve the vital medical supplies inside.

Choosing your ply lined container

Containers Direct have range of already lined containers in stock, but we can line and insulate any size container in our workshops if you can't find one specific to your requirements amongst current availability. For some examples take a look at our 10ft and 20ft ply lined containers.

Cost of supplying and fitting ply lining to containers

Choose from three standard options of ply:

  1. 9mm Redwood finish - for a more attractive finish

  2. 12mm Standard Ply - a thicker grade for integrating shelving/hooks etc

  3. 12mm Redwood finish - combines the extra thickness with an aesthetically pleasing look
For any other grade of thickness - POA. All ply surfaces can be painted over, or varnished, upon request.

9mm Redwood and 12mm Standard:

  • 10ft - from £650

  • 15ft - from £950

  • 20ft - from £1050

  • 30ft - from £1450

  • 40ft - from £1700 (for high cubes add 20%)

12mm Redwood:

  • 10ft - from £710

  • 15ft - from £1040

  • 20ft - from £1140

  • 30ft - from £1580

  • 40ft - from £1850 (for high cubes add 20%)

Prices shown are for ply lining excluding doors - for lining including doors, there will be a supplimentary charge

Alternatives to ply lining - Wipe Clean Melamine

For containers used as kitchens/canteens/food preparation, walls and ceilings can be lined with wipe clean melamine. This is 8mm thick, with edges in plastic trim, and available in a white or beige finish. Many container conversions completed in our workshops are used in the catering industry where hygienic, wipe clean surfaces are essential for health and safety requirements. For more information on this, see our article on Containers for Catering.


Still unsure if ply lining is worth the extra? See what our customer Nigel Storr, from Fodens of Streethay Farmers and Growers, told us about his decision to have his container ply lined:

"Just a big thank you for Container delivered yesterday, well worth the extra to have it ply-lined out. You have all been thoroughly professional from start to finish."

John Daines, Director of Tarvin Community Woodland Trust Ltd, had a 20ft once used container ply lined:

"This is just to thank you very much for the container. Opening the doors gave a bit of a wow! factor; it looks great. The lining and insulation will reduce damp and condensation but also we have a facility to store stuff on the walls."

SmartWater Technology Ltd chose to have their 30ft container ply lined. Impressed with both our standard of work and customer service we received this testimonial:

"Extremely helpful and professional, There may be a need in the future for another container, if so, I'll be contacting you and you only"

R Harris

"The quality of the interior ply is brilliant, everyone has admired it!"

Mrs Francis des Rosiers, Cambs

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