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Why You Need an Insulated Storage Container

Wednesday 15 September 2021 Filed in: General

With the colder weather approaching now is a good time to talk about why you need an insulated storage container. It's important to have the right container for your stored goods, and insulation will keep your container at a consistent temperature, banishing condensation and protecting the contents. Find out what items benefit from insulation during storage and how this is achieved.

Delicate items such as documents, papers, books, household items, electrical items, furniture, and even food all benefit from having a consistent temperature when stored for any length of time, particularly during cold weather. Liquid items may even freeze during the harshest months. Moisture is formed inside shipping containers by large fluctuations in temperature, as steel gets very warm in the sun, and very cold at night! This moisture can't escape the shipping container when it is shut and so condensation forms which can then drip down from the ceiling and run down the walls causing water damage to the container's contents..

What is an insulated container?

Any type of container that has been lined inside will provide insulation. Behind the lining you'll find some form of insulating material. We find the smartest way to banish condensation nightmares for good is by ply lining and insulating containers, using 100mm Rockwool packed behind a timber ply boards. The ambient temperature inside the container is then stabilised, condensation cannot form and your stored goods will be safe from the perils of damp conditions. You can say goodbye to permeating aromas of mould and mildew, soggy cardboard boxes and strange stains on your fabrics. In addition, ply lining is a lot easier on the eye than metal – your container can be both smart and practical!

We use 12mm thick ply with an attractive redwood finish as standard, but are happy to supply other grades of thickness upon request. Using our extensive experience and skilled workforce, we manufacture a timber framework, insulate the ceiling and walls of the container with rockwool, and overlay this material with ply wood. To ensure the container remains completely watertight we use a "squeeze fit" timber framework, which means we don't need to drill or pierce the container walls.

Other types of lining can be used to insulate containers in the same way – these include melamine lining, which is often the first choice for container conversions, for example in offices and classrooms, and melamine or stainless steel linings for catering units. Melamine lining also provides a neat and professional finish for office conversions, and a hygienic, easy to maintain interior for food preparation spaces, changing rooms and toilet blocks. All linings give good sound insulation, which is essential if you're going to use a shipping container for any form of habitation or activity.

Insulated ISO containers

Take a look at some case studies of insulated shipping containers, from simple storage containers to converted offices, classrooms and workshops. Whatever the size or intended use of your container, it can be lined and insulated for a dry and comfortable interior.

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