How To Insulate A Shipping Container

We’ve written before on the Container Stop Blog about the energy efficiency of shipping container homes and storage container homes. There are several reasons why container living spaces are so eco-friendly. One of them has to do with how to insulate a shipping container in the first place, which we’ll get to shortly.

It’s important to understand that shipping containers are designed with energy efficiency in mind before they ever begin their second lives as living spaces.

Consider Chiquita Brands International, the huge and world-famous supplier of (mostly) bananas. The company has been working to improve the design and energy efficiency of containers used to store and ship their fresh produce to ports throughout the world.

Some of the innovations — which, according to a Chiquita press release, have led to an annual 17,000-ton reduction in CO2 emissions — include containers that:

  • Are 50% more energy efficient than older models
  • Require less energy to function
  • Are equipped with greenhouse-friendly refrigerants
  • Feature better insulation

“Even with a 25% increase in the number of Chiquita containers in use,” writes Chris Kroger of The Packer, “the company saw an 11% drop in electricity use because of the more energy-efficient containers.”

It’s that final bullet point above that we’ll focus on now.

Hopefully, by the time you’re done reading this blog post, you’ll have a better understanding of how to insulate the interior space of a shipping container. (Not to mention some pros and cons.)

Insulating A Shipping Container

In order to maintain a comfortable temperature inside shipping containers, they need to be insulated. It’s also important to insulate in order to prevent condensation, which can lead to corrosion and mold.

Before moving on, let’s clarify a couple of things.

First, Container Stop sells a lot of insulated containers for refrigeration purposes. These come insulated; Container Stop can add a new cooling system to them, if and when necessary.

Second, insulating a container for a mini home, however, is a different process.

There are several shipping container insulation options; which one you choose is based on a variety of factors, including the climate where the container home will be located. (Another factor is budget.)

Here’s a quick look at the most typical kinds of insulation.

Blanket Insulation

These come in batts, which are pre-cut to fit, and rolls, which must be cut during installation. You’re probably already familiar with this type of insulation; it’s the fluffy, compressible kind that wraps your home in some type of fiber. It’s relatively inexpensive and easy to install.

Types of blanket insulation:

  • Fiberglass
  • Mineral (rock or slag) wool
  • Plastic fibers
  • Natural fibers (e.g., cotton)

Note: Fiberglass can irritate eyes, skin, and lungs. Be sure to have a professional install your shipping container insulation if you choose this method.

Loose Fill And Blown-In Insulation

Installers blow or pour this type of insulation into place. It’s typically made from cellulose, fiberglass, and mineral (rock or slag) wool.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, this type of insulation is “good for adding insulation to existing finished areas, irregularly shaped areas, and around obstructions.”

Spray Foam Insulation

This is a mixture that expands into a solid, creating a continuous foam that reaches into the insulated space. This method requires trimming. The material? Typically, it’s polyurethane (open or closed cell), cementitious foam, or cellulose.

One final point — expressed perfectly by

“One thing to keep in mind is that you don’t necessarily have to use a certain type of insulation exclusively. For instance, you could use closed-cell polyurethane spray foam insulation for the container walls and roof, and then use rock wool blankets underneath the container to keep the cost down. You can even combine insulation in the same area.”

Container Stop: Your Personal Shipping and Storage Container Supplier

Container Stop provides storage containers that can be customized and delivered anywhere in the United States. We want to be your one-stop-shop for the creation, purchase, rental, and delivery of shipping container and storage container solutions.

Let’s create the shipping and storage container of your dreams. We can install doors and windows, electricity, shelves — you name it.

Get in touch with us today, and we’ll start a discussion about your perfect container home and the best methods to insulate it.

Is It Possible To Make A Container House Energy-Efficient?

How To Make A Container House Energy-Efficient

The world of shipping container houses is growing. More and more people are learning about the benefits of reusing and recycling shipping containers into something totally new. But for some potential buyers, questions remain, including: Is it possible to make a container house energy-efficient?

Answer: Absolutely. In fact, creating an eco-friendly container home is easier than you might think. And in the United States, the popularity of container homes is growing, meaning that huge amounts of these homes are sprouting up in many American cities.

First of all, the decision to turn an unused shipping container into a living space is already an energy-efficient choice. That’s because you’re taking advantage of our capacity and ability to recycle the old into the new. With all the housing options and building materials out there, building a home out of a repurposed shipping/storage container is fundamentally a good environmental decision. Every time a container home is built, that’s another win for Mother Nature.

Second, whatever energy-efficient systems are in place in a quote-unquote “regular” home can also be utilized in a container home. Many of these systems work at peak efficiency since container homes are smaller than typical dwellings.

Finally, there are methods of energy conservation that are exclusive to shipping container homes.

Let’s take a closer look.

Rethink, Reuse, Recycle, Reduce, Refurbish …

Despite the increasing popularity of container homes, many people probably still think of them as dark, unwelcoming boxes, unfit for human habitation.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Shipping containers can be designed and fashioned into any number of interesting and comfortable living spaces. Far from being just a box, container homes can contain all the amenities you’re accustomed to in a traditional home: windows and doors, dining rooms, lofts — you name it!

As more and more people discover the benefits of container home living, these perks will become more apparent. Rethinking our methods of habitation is key to providing more housing for those who need it and helping save the planet from unnecessary overconsumption.

The Basics Of Eco-Friendly Container Living

The tried-and-true methods of energy and resource conservation work just as well — sometimes better! — in a container home. Solar panels, low-flush toilets and showerheads, ceiling fans, tankless water heaters, LEDs, proper insulation … All the things that make an ordinary home energy-efficient can be utilized in a container home. Plus, the smaller living space can make these methods even more productive — saving you even more energy!

Shipping Container Homes And Energy-Efficiency

Every square foot of a container home has the potential to save on energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint. After all, the square footage of a container home is smaller than most homes; most of them are between 160 square feet and 320 square feet. With less space to heat in the winter and cool in the summer, it’s no wonder that these cozy living spaces can really rack up the energy savings.

Container homes take less time to set up than traditional homes. This also saves energy costs from the outset. And with so many shipping containers sitting unused throughout the world, creating new homes out of them is also energy efficient in a way that other types of housing can never be.

Container Stop

At Container Stop, we have the tools, the expertise, and the know-how to modify a shipping container to your exact specifications. Browse our website for ideas, and if you don’t see something that piques your interest, let us know! If we can safely modify our containers to fit your needs, we’ll do it.

For more information, please contact us. We look forward to working with you. Together we can create something truly unique: a living space that conforms to and expresses your personality — and does a good job of helping the environment along the way.

Call Container Stop today!

Where To Buy Insulated Shipping Containers

Interested In Insulated Shipping Boxes?

Container Stop can help secure insulated shipping containers for you. In fact, we sell a lot of insulated containers for refrigeration purposes. These come insulated, but we can absolutely add new cooling systems if and when needed. (Insulating a container for a “mini home” is done a little differently. Call us for details!)

Quick note: When we refer to “insulated shipping boxes” in this blog piece, we’re talking about shipping containers. Why? Because a lot of people out there are in the market for insulated shipping containers but are searching for (what they call) insulated shipping boxes. So we want to be ready for them when they search!

Container Stop is the best in the business. We can get you just about whatever you need in the shipping container world. Plus, we can bring it to you, and customize it with a whole host of sweet amenities.

Standard shipping boxes are in a variety of sizes: usually 10 feet, 20 feet, 40 feet, and 45 feet long. But at Container Stop, we can provide you with a shipping box of just about any size. Need a 15-footer? Yep, we can do that! Want more than just an insulated box? Let us add windows, doors, lighting, and plumbing fixtures to make it truly your own.

Contact Container Stop with any questions.

OK, on with the post!

Insulated Shipping Containers

Manufacturers create insulated shipping boxes to transport items that require refrigeration. Other times, they’re used to ship products that may not need refrigeration but do need to be kept within a specific range of temperatures.

But why buy a shipping container in the first place? There are tons of reasons!

  • Environmentally friendly (see our blog post on energy efficiency)
  • They can be customized for luxury
  • Can be combined into multi-unit complexes or multi-unit storage sites
  • Can be used for retail overstock maintenance
  • They can be obtained for very little money
  • Can be considered for alleviating cities’ housing and homeless crises

Some sources estimate that at any given time there are literally hundreds of millions of shipping containers sitting empty and unused around the world.

Pricing for Insulated Shipping Containers

Insulated shipping containers are sometimes available for bargain prices. Contact Container Stop today to ask about what we can procure for you. There’s a chance that we can find a used insulated shipping box for you that will have thicker walls, double-sealed and insulated doors, and even ceiling insulation.

Of course, some buyers secure a shipping container and then insulate it themselves. We only recommend such an undertaking if you have experience with building or general contracting.

Container Stop

Superb workmanship, flexible and helpful customization, and 100% customer satisfaction are the top priorities at Container Stop. Regardless of what you need or where you are, we will work with you to solve your shipping container needs.

Container Stop even has shipping containers in like-new condition. They’re sometimes called “one-trippers.” The only trip they make is to the United States. They look great, are still sturdy as heck, and the paint is often just like new!

Insulated shippers allow for a high degree of control of the temperature within the unit. That means it won’t get scorching hot in the summer or frigid cold in the winter.

Call Container Stop today! We look forward to serving you.

States that allow shipping container homes

Shipping Container Home

States that Allow Shipping Container Homes

For many of us, the American Dream means having somewhere to call our own. A king or Queen and their castle. But in more populous areas of the country, space for housing is at a premium. Some cities have capped the amount of new single-family residences that can be built to spur multi-family construction.

The state of Oregon is even considering allowing four homes on lots currently zoned for single-family homes in cities with a population of 10,000 or more. In Minneapolis, zoning for single-family homes is on the way out. Other municipalities throughout the country are considering similar regulations or bans to combat the housing crunch as well as sprawl.

So what states allow shipping container homes? The answer is most, if not all, are considering it if not already allowing it. From Montana to Missouri to Mississippi to Massachusetts (as well as Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, and Maryland). But the more important question is if your county or city allows shipping containers homes.

Interested in a custom-made shipping container for a tiny home? Contact your city or county planner to see if it’s possible. You will still need to follow all zoning and building codes and additional regulations, including:

  • Foundations
  • Utilities (electricity/plumbing)
  • Setbacks
  • Ceiling heights
  • Primary/accessory zoning
  • And more.

Tiny Home Revolution

Over the past decade, tiny home popularity has exploded. Builders have been designing and constructing 300-square-foot homes as accessory dwelling units or even stand-alone homes on a piece of property.

That’s where shipping containers come in. A 40-foot shipping container comes in at just around 300-square feet. All shipping containers are 8-feet-wide on the outside, so interior sizes can slightly vary depending on wall thickness, insulation, and other factors. High-cube containers are 9 ½ feet tall, 12 inches taller than standard containers. Every inch counts after all.

Container Stop has been selling, designing, and custom building shipping containers for storage, offices, and even rooftop bars. We can install doors, windows, and utilities to your exact specifications and deliver the final product. If you have done your research and are ready to move into a shipping container home, give us a call. As we like to say, “It’s our box, but it’s your dream.”

Container Stop Is Now Providing Hollister Storage Containers

Custom Shipping Container for Storage

Hollister Container Sales & Rentals

Container Stop, located in Paso Robles, California, is now providing Hollister storage containers. The expansion to deliver to Hollister, California is much needed with all of the agricultural development needs. Container Stop specializes in selling, renting, delivering, and customizing 10-40 ft shipping containers. The purposes for using storage containers have a wide range. From agricultural to rural, and residential, Container Stop has experience. For any needs like dry, refrigerated, insulated, and ventilated, Container Stop can customize it. Container Stop has the expertise to help customers decide which size container they need. Working with customers in the customization process, for a perfect shipping container transformation, is easy with Container Stop. Customers in Hollister, California know who to call to safely deliver a purchased or rented shipping container. Container Stop delivers shipping containers to Hollister, California. Rent, own, and see what makes them such a popular storage container option. Using adapted shipping containers into storage containers makes so much sense.

Costs are competitive to wood frame and concrete structures, and the containers are easily moved at any future time, by Container Stop. Businesses love storage containers, because the low price for storage over time makes the most sense and pays for itself. The initial low cost to buy them, ability to stack, modify, scale up or down, and durability all lend to a great investment and worth. The long life and resale value ensure customers that their future storage needs will always be taken care of.

Moving? Call Container Stop to help move the shipping container to a new location. Customers are happy with the freedom to move anywhere in California, or across the nation with the storage containers. Based out of Paso Robles in California’s central coast makes Container Stop easy access to travel in any direction for delivery. Being a small, family-owned business ensures attention to detail and supreme customer service satisfaction. Started in 2015, Container Stop was and still is the only shipping container company in the county of San Luis Obispo.

Hollister California is a primarily agricultural town in San Benito, California, right in the heart of the central California. Between Salinas and Gilroy, the town of Hollister, is an old west town settled by ranchers and farmers in 1872. The agricultural history, and being home to Pinnacles National Park, has made Hollister a beautiful and rich source of California’s history and culture.

Container Stop

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Paso Robles, CA 93446


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Container Stop, Providing Storage Containers in Atascadero Releases Report ‘Five Ideas For Shipping Container Tack Rooms’

Tack Room created from Shipping Container

Five Ideas For Shipping Container Tack Houses

Container Stop has provided the Central Coast of California with the best possible tack rooms made from shipping containers. Customized by Container Stop, of Paso Robles, each type of tack room can be suited to it’s individual needs. Horses and other farm animals need a lot of storage space for the saddles, and other tack. Here are some quick ideas to help customize any shipping container tack room.

  1. Consider lighting. Electricity is an option that can be used inside the container and also on the outside. Consider the structural layout of the shipping container and plan out what goes where before installing any electrical components. Solar panels are a great option!
  2. Horse stalls. Adding one or two horse stables to the tack house is a simple effective method of having easily transportable stables, and insulating them is an option worth the investment. Having the stable prebuilt saves the cost of building a stable from scratch.
  3. Storing feed. Animals and varmints love invading a fresh food supply, and keeping the farm’s food, hay and other precious resources locked up tight is not as hard as it seems. Cabinets can be built into the tack house and securely locked up. Counter spaces naturally take form when installing cabinetry, and having hanging hooks for other tack house goods makes for good organization on the walls. The security of shipping containers is designed into building them in the first place, to keep out any pests.
  4. Storms and weathering. Shipping containers are nearly air and watertight. The technology used to make storage containers ensures durability, strength and long-lasting use. Setting up a gutter system or rain catching system could be a useful way to recycle and use fresh rainwater and to also redirect it exactly where you want it.
  5. Creating additional storage space. It is so simple to line up two shipping containers parallel to each other and place a roof over the top. It makes for a quickly built barn, large shed, garage or workspace. Every tack room should have a wide open space to work in. Keeping a metal roof overhead is sure to shade the animals on hot summer days, and keep rain away during stormy winters.

Container Stop provides Atascadero storage container customers with nearly endless possibilities to customize a tack house specifically for each customer’s personal taste. A solid source of agricultural storage needs has been fulfilled for an area of California with many ranches, farmland and open spaces.


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Paso Robles, CA 93446


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Container Stop Shows Exciting, Sustainable Building Design

Sustainable Building Designs: Build with Shipping Containers

With great ideas come great responsibilities. The great idea is to use existing, empty shipping containers as an option for sustainable housing. This new idea is rumored to have started with a man writing his architecture thesis on reusing shipping containers as sustainable housing in the 1970s. With just over 17 million shipping containers in the world and only around 6 million currently being used with ships, trains and trucks, there are high numbers of empty, unused containers. A great resource to tap into, when our society seems to have gotten itself into a crisis to find affordable housing. Not only are people on the lookout for a place to live, it seems as though the space available to live in has gotten smaller, along with a budget for that housing.

Presenting, the solution: empty shipping containers! Plentiful, cheap, and prefabricated, modular housing is stackable, plentiful, resourceful, and budget friendly! The durability lends itself to decades and decades of use, holding up to be one of the best ideas of the 20th century! Shipping containers only spend about one-third of their lives filled with cargo for shipping, leaving most of their lives unfilled and useless, lying around shipping container yards. The United States imports much more than it exports, and with the empty cargo containers stacking up, unused, wasting space, Container Stop, the company providing storage containers for Gilroy, can help fix the issue.

Locally sourcing recycled storage containers for Gilroy and all of California will have benefits far-reaching. To have a resource that is not going to disappear, and which can be reused and repurposed at any time, and transported to almost any location with ease, is excellent for sustainable living. Taking the time to recycle, repurpose and reuse millions of upcycled shipping containers could even turn into an export business. Plenty of people in the world are in search of any type of housing which is efficient. Shipping containers can be installed quickly, and stacked tall and wide, and have almost limitless lives when they are stationary habitable structures.

Container Stop has stepped into the lives of many happy customers to provide sustainable, functional and beautiful structures, that will last a lifetime. Sharing the joys of a sustainable future with family and friends is what Container Stop and storage containers in Gilroy, or where ever you need one, is all about!


Why should you choose Container Stop for your modified Paso Robles storage container project?

Choose Container Stop for Custom Shipping Containers

In the past couple of years, the numbers of uses for storage and shipping containers has seen a drastic increase through modifications. While these containers were previously used strictly for shipping and storing large shipments, nowadays, people have found use for them as sheds, studios, garages, and even homes.

Container Stop has been meeting the demands for modified Paso Robles Storage Containers in the Central Coast. With various sizes of storage containers located right here in Paso Robles, Container Stop has seen a high demand for container modifications. So why should you choose Container Stop?

We are experienced modification experts

For any project, simple or complicated, you always want someone experienced. If that person doesn’t know what they’re doing, how well might the final project come out? This is something you don’t have to worry about when you choose Container Stop!

“We have been doing a lot of modified containers lately. This is when you start with a standard size unit like 20 foot or 40 foot and cut it down to a custom length or add modifications for specific purposes,” said Garett Crocker, owner of Container Stop.

“We can cut to any length and add windows, doors, vents, and paint it any color. For example, if wineries need a secure place to store chemicals under lock and key, we’ll build a secondary wall in the container and install a door to separate the chemicals and maintain the safety of the workers by creating a separate room to store the chemicals in.” he continued.

Affordable Shipping Container

One of the most attractive features of modified storage containers is the affordability. For example, many wineries have found that instead of building a new room entirely, it can be more beneficial and less costly to use modified Paso Robles storage containers with isolation, air conditioning units, and wood siding for tasting rooms. And with many modifications available, these modified containers can feel just as homey as any!

A reputation for satisfaction!

In the past, Container Stop has done several modified container projects throughout the Central Coast for companies such as Alliance Trucking, Ocean Mist Farms, and more, ranging from basic modifications such as offices, shops, lunch rooms, and garages to more complicated projects like kitchens, coolers, and dry storage areas.


Paso Robles Modified Storage Containers

With their popularity constantly growing and demand for modified containers on the rise, who knows what they’ll be capable of in the coming year. Constantly taking on new projects, Container Stop is always expanding their skills and learning to modify containers in ways previously unthinkable! For your next shipping container modification, give us a call at 800-674-9343!