NOVEMBER 19, 2021
If you’ve ever built a wooden structure, you probably know all about frames. These rigid members impart support and shape to traditional structures. The heavy-duty steel body of a container, however, offers adequate support and does not require interior framing. Instead, shipping container frames help you attach drywall, spray foam insulation, or make extra doors and windows.
The application isn’t the only thing that changes when you apply frames to container walls; the process also varies. Below, we’ll walk you through how to attach frames to shipping containers, the different types available, and the various purposes they serve.
You can add framing to your container by selecting a suitable design and installation method.
Consider an appropriate design, and secure the base plate to the floor and ceiling with angle brackets. Refer to the steps below if you're planning on adding frames to your shipping container homes yourself.
First, you need to determine which material you're using - wood, steel, or aluminum framing. We've covered the advantages and disadvantages of each material for internal framing in the subsequent section.
Here you'll probably need professional help. You will also have to determine a layout that appropriately houses the electrical fixtures, accessories, plumbing lines, and other outlets.
If you're using frames to add insulation, you'll need suitable segments that close all underlying air gaps. Building codes and standards can help you determine the size and width of frames that you'll require.
Securing the frames in their positions can be a bit tricky. If you attach the frame directly to the shipping container wall using nails and screws, it may cause leakages.
Such gaps can affect the wind and water-tight capabilities of a container, leading to condensation and moisture build-up.
As a preventative measure, you should make sure there is at least a 1" gap between the frame and the walls.
Start by placing the frame in an accurate position. Use pocket-hole joinery or toe-nailing to secure the vertical beams with the horizontal base plate. Fix the horizontal ceiling beam with the vertical beams using hurricane ties. You'll have a single assembly ready for installation in your container office or home.
Secure the base of the framing to the floor using screws. Ensure that you appropriately space them out to avoid any unwanted movement. Use angle brackets or D-ring tie-downs to secure the top section of the framing. The frame should now be ready for use.
You can either use wood or metal for framing your shipping container home. Metal framing can come in either steel or aluminum.
Each type offers its unique set of pros and cons that make it suitable for specific applications.
Wood is one of the most widely used materials for framing, which is why you're likely to find more resources and help for building wooden frames.
Advantages of Wood
Problems with Wood
While some prefer steel to build homes, others recommend using aluminum to create frames of ideal thickness. Below are a few factors to consider while using metal framing for your container home.
Advantages of Metal
Problems with Metal
Exterior frames for accommodating windows and facades on a commercial shipping container project
Watch how this person used aluminum frames to his advantage in his shipping container home.
Shipping container frames can help you add insulated walls, fill air gaps, and make design modifications to your structure. Depending on your level of comfort and expertise, you can select wooden or metal framing.
Because framing requires immense labor and skills, it is always best to consult an expert before modifying your shipping container building.
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Shipping containers may require insulation, depending on your location. The metal structure doesn’t contain heat very well and easily allows cold in.
Although you can screw into a container's wall, drilling can cause leakages. Such gaps can affect the container's wind and water-tight abilities.
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