Shipping Container: Installing Panels on the Floor

How To Links:

Install either the UX 2.0 or EXi 2.5 Panels

The floor of the shipping container is insulated with the UX 2.0 or EX 2.5 standard flat panel. These panels are 48″ x 24″ and are installed in a running bond pattern.

UX 2.0 Panels

2″ thick  of closed-cell, injection-molded EPS foam body achieves R-8.5 insulation

EXi 2.5 Panels

2 1/2″ thick of closed-cell, injection-molded EPS foam body achieves R-10 insulation.

Installing Panels on the Floors:

Methods for shipping container floors There are four basic installation methods: floating, glue down, screwed down, and fully adhered. If you choose to adhere the floor this is a formula for the ammount of adhesive you will need.

Loctite PL Premium 3x Adhesive

PL Premium 3X Adhesive

  • 1 large 28-fl oz / 828 mL tube = 18 (24″ studs or inserts)
    • Insulating the floors
    • UX 2.0 (20 panels with 3 studs each) = 60 studs
    • 60 ÷ 18 = 3 1/2 tubes of the adhesive

The floating method, we demonstrate (not glued down) is recommended for carpet, laminate, and wood floors. This is a simpler, quicker installation that makes the container floor feel softer and more comfortable. The screw down method can be used for any flooring type. The fully adhered method is recommended for tiled area to create a solid base that eliminates movement.

Floating Installation The floating method places the panels directly on the shipping container floor without any adhesive. Interlock the panels together with the tongue and grooved edges in a running bond or staggered pattern.

Install subflooring with a gap for expansion following per manufacturer’s instructions. Fasten with standard coarse thread all-purpose construction screws. When panels are installed as a floating floor, it is important to layout the subflooring so that the long seam of the plywood does not line up with the seams in the InSoFast panels. The short seams of the plywood should land over the top of a stud.

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Download PDF Instructions

Container installation guide     pdf
Container extended installation guide 2019     pdf
Insulating a shipping container door      pdf

InSoFast Plus Method

Need a higher R-value? No Problem! Start with a base of InSoFast continuous insulation panels they are feature-rich and easy to install. Then add rigid foam insulation over top of InSoFast panels.