Structural insulated panels (SIPS) are the perfect alternative to traditional wood framing. They’re constructed as two panels with a polyurethane foam core injected between them. The panels are usually made from oriented strand board (OSB) while the core is usually made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) or polyurethane. Such construction allows SIPs to provide superior insulation, exterior sheathing, structural framing, and air-tight building construction.
SIPs are increasingly used for constructing homes and commercial buildings, but despite their growing popularity, some people are still uninformed when it comes to using structural panels to build homes. These panels match or exceed the performance of traditional framing in many areas, and below is a list of the advantages of SIP construction compared to conventional framing.
Advantages of SIP Construction
The benefits of structural insulated panels are far and wide; so much so, that they have several advantages over traditional framing methods. For example:
- SIPs are more energy efficient than traditional framing
- They prevent heat loss, a characteristic of wood framing
- SIP construction is airtight, thus eliminating or reducing air leakage
- The energy efficiency reduces heating costs for the homeowner(s)
- Energy savings are increased when insulated wall panels, floors, and the roof are constructed with SIPs
- SIPs can last up to 50 years or more.
- Unlike traditional framing, SIPs aren’t susceptible to warping, nail pops, mold, or twisting studs
- Builders don’t need to find studs to install drywall or siding, simplifying the entire building process
- Although SIPs are more expensive than conventional framing, overall building costs are the same or lower than conventional building methods
- SIPs offer lower material and labour costs than traditional framing methods, as construction is faster and fewer materials and labourers are needed
Contact us today to learn how structural panels can streamline your next building project and save you money: (780) 955-6363.