Structurally insulated panels (SIPs) may sound like an invention. However, they have been around since the late ’30s, though they were in their early prototypes back then. A SIP is a sandwich, structured composite where two boards sandwich a core of insulation. The materials of both board and core may vary. The board could be metal, plywood, or oriented strand board (OSB). The core could be polystyrene foam (EPS) or extruded polystyrene foam (XPS).
SIPs can be used to build your house from scratch. You could have the panels ordered according to the requirements of the build, but they can also be the star of your renovation.
- Roof replacements and repairs
SIPs can be the primary material for replacing your roof on their own. They create a tight fit that keeps your home adequately insulated without the extra work of spray-on foam. They are also less bulky to work with, which can quickly add overhead space to your attic or overhead loft. They can also be used as insulation themselves, working alongside other kinds of roofing materials such as sheet metal or oak.
In your next home renovation, you can opt to use SIPs for a patch job for area-specific water damage. Or use them to completely replace your roof in case of rotting or termite infected wood.
- Walls, in-fills and cladding
As mentioned earlier, SIPs can be used to support other materials. They can be used as an in-fill or cladding for your walls. They can provide insulation, air-tightness, and a level of sound protection. When you are knocking down walls to change the layout of your home, you can use SIPs to create the new boundaries and rooms. A SIP is up to code and has an added layer of fireproofing.
- Extensions, sheds, and other new builds
Structural insulated panels, or SIP panels, can be used to erect structures. You can expand your current sunroom or another room to your home by knocking down existing walls and using SIPs for your add-ons. SIPs can also be used to create a new roof, walls, and even floors. They can also be used to develop independent or separate structures such as a workshop or garden shed. The primary use, after all, of these panels, is structural builds. They might be a little bit pricier than your average drywall and brick, but they come pre-made and are easier to install. For more ambitious renovations, they may also save money.
Your fixer-upper does not need to become a site filled with different kinds of bulk materials as if you were creating a home from scratch. Since renovations are long-haul projects, keeping so many raw materials can become a pain to clean up after when the work is done. You might even end up with extra material you do not need. SIPs are custom made and will all be used for their intended purposes. After the repairs are done, there is little to no mess.