SIPs or Structural Insulated Panels are the “all-inclusive” structure you need for your next project! SIPs construction has become more and more popular because of its building method and the use of environmentally sustainable building methods. Read below a list of some reasons why you should consider the SIPs construction for your next project.
- Description of the product
SIPs consist of an insulated layer of rigid plastic foam board (made from either polyurethane or expanded polystyrene) sandwiched between two oriented strand boards (OSB). The benefit with these types of insulation is that you can achieve with ease higher R-Values.
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- The use of SIPs
SIPs are not only used for walls, they can also be used for floors, ceilings and roofs. It has the advantage of suiting any type of design, giving the building designer the freedom to create an aesthetic and good design.
- The technical advantages of SIPs
Surprisingly, the Structural Insulated Panels are 7 times stronger than a standard timber frame construction and are capable of withstanding extreme climate and weather conditions.
- Environmental sustainability
Due to the “all-inclusive” configuration, the SIPs are highly energy efficient as they have less air leakage – which means less drafts, noise penetrations and a lower energy bill. As we care about the environment, it is good to mention that SIPs use up to 50% less raw timber than a timber frame building method.
- The methods of construction
SIPs are very lightweight compared to other methods of construction, which makes it easier and quicker to assemble on site. Therefore, the use of SIPs will help you in saving some money with a faster construction method.
- The dimensions
One of the benefits of SIP is their thickness. Their assembly and strength allows for smaller wall widths and don’t require a frame for the roof (depending on the design of the house). This in turn affords you more floor space for your home.
- Costs of SIPs
SIPs are usually about the same price as a traditional timber frame construction, although, it depends on the design and the type of panels you use. It is a money saver in terms of the labour costs as it requires minimal equipment and fewer workers.
- The disadvantages to consider
We strongly encourage the use of SIPs, however, you should be aware of the few disadvantages and constraints you may experience. First of all, SIPs require some know-how, so ensure you hire a builder that is familiar with SIP construction. Add a treatment for moisture and pests as they can damage the SIPs. Finally, ensure your initial design is right to avoid modifications, such as changing the size of a window from a big one to a smaller one. It is possible, but pricey.
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