By Rob Clutter
So, what is a SIP and why would I want it in my new home?
You may or may not have heard of a SIP. SIP stands for Structural Insulated Panel. While they aren’t something new, they may be new to you as they still represent a very small percentage (and growing) of use in new home construction, particularly in the Southeastern USA. SIPs have been around for many years and have been used in thousands of homes and commercial structures.
While there are several variations to choose from, a SIP is basically a sheet of OSB or plywood, a thickness if rigid foam insulation and a second sheet of OSB to create a “sandwich.” These are structurally sound enough to build a home by using the panels to form the walls and roof of the structure.
So the real question is, “Why would I want to use SIPs in my home?”
Well there are several reasons to consider, so many in fact that at Southern TimberCraft we feel very strongly that SIPs are not only superior to standard “stick frame” construction but also are the future of residential construction in years to come.
- Energy efficiency – imagine having the cost to heat and cool your home being HALF that of aconventionally framed home for the rest of your life. Would you enjoy that? It’s not only possible with a SIP home. It’s documented! SIP panel homes offer a few big advantages. LESS seams means less air infiltration. Higher R values mean less heating/cooling capacity needed to keep your home comfortable year round.
- Easier on the environment – Traditional framing uses a LOT of trees, while SIP construction uses significantly LESS lumber. At Southern TimberCraft we prefer to save those trees for the beautiful timbers in your porch ceiling!
- Faster to build – our SIPS are delivered to your home site already cut and numbered. It is like a giant jigsaw puzzle. In a typical home the panels can be assembled in just a couple of days, with NO WASTE! Saving time saves you money!
- SIP panels are two to three times more structurally capable than stick framing. Study after study shows how a SIP panel home will keep you safe as well as warm.
Yes, we have tons of technical data we would be glad to send you about our SIP systems! Just ask us and we load you up with enough data to make you dizzy. But bottom line it’s cleaner, greener, safer and will make your cost of ownership the envy of everyone you know! Contact me anytime, and I will gladly tell you all about the particular SIPs we use and why we feel they are the best.
Thanks for reading – look forward to hearing from you soon.