How To Insulate A Shipping Container or Metal Building without Framing

The equipment checklist includes:

  • Reflective tape
  • Super metal sealant
  • A utility knife
  • Perforated insulation pins 
  • Locking insulation washers 
  • 1/2" OR THICKER rigid foam board that you cut into 2" x 2" squares.
  • Heat gun (for sealing seams of 10M).

Step 1 Use the Super Metal Sealant to add a nickel-sized glob onto the base of the perforated pins. Press the base of the perforated pins on to the purlin/girt. It's fine that the adhesive oozes through the holes of the base (you can smooth it out if you want). This part of the adhesive helps hold the anchor pin on to the metal. Space your pins 2 to 3 feet apart. Put some pins along the top of the wall girt because the Prodex is essentially hanging from the pins. Check to make sure the anchor pin is secure. The cure time can vary depending on the temperature and humidity

Step 2 Add The Spacers - While the pins are bonding to the metal, prep the foam board spacers. Cut 2" x 2" pieces from the board. These spacers are important. They provide an air gap which optimizes the performance of the insulation. Push the square foam pieces all the way down the pin.

Step 3 Push the insulation on to the pin. Remember to put pins along the top of the wall since the Prodex is essentially hanging from the pins. Once it's through the pin, push the washer onto the pin and press it down to secure the insulation. Now you can tape/seal your seam.

Step 4 Once the insulation is secured, snip the end of the pins. You may also want to apply tape over the cut tip of the pin to avoid someone getting cut.

If framing the container with wood, you can model the install methods of how to insulate a pole barn.

A shipping container insulation system requires a Radiant barrier, Vapor Barrier, and Reflective Insulation because of the unique nature of the metal. The sun's rays on the metal surface creates unbearable heat inside the container in the summer. Cold winter temperatures are exaggerated by the metal sheeting making it frigid inside. Warm temperature on a cool metal creates sweating (condensation). Prodex Total serves a true vapor barrier and condensation eliminator. It has a high R-value and it prevents radiant heat transfer (primary source of heat-flow). It's superior to fiberglass batt in metal buildings and pole barns because it is unaffected by humidity or water -- It doesn't mildew or promote fungus growth and it keeps the building cool in the summer -- It doesn't promote nesting for rodents, bugs and birds. It is also much easier and less expensive to install. It is superior to double bubble insulation in a shipping container because the heat from the metal skin doesn't cause its polyethylene micro-bubbles to collapse. With a pressure of 6 PSI Prodex compresses just 6%. When the load is relieved it takes back its initial shape. The density of the foam is between 1.25 lb/ft (sq) - 1.87 lb/ft (sq). This gives the material real body.

Reenie: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
I recently ordered and received Prodex insulation. I have installed it in my container. The product is fantastic! It was super easy to install and works great! It immediately reduced the temperature in the container. I furred the container out with 1x2s and simply stapled the Prodex over them. I then sheetrocked over the Prodex. It all worked out perfectly! I believe it is a superior product than the R-13 fiberglass I installed in the ceiling. I just wanted to extend my appreciation to the company for an outstanding product, immediate customer service and instant delivery.

aestates: Saturday, February 06, 2010
I used this to insulate a CONEX shipping container. It was easy to install with your double stick tape & insulates well.Independent Reviews visit Site Jabber


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