IP Panels: The Next Big Thing When It Comes To Building Materials

Susan J Morris
June 6, 2012 — 1,199 views  

Construction can be such a tricky business. People involved in construction are constantly looking for ways to improve existing building technologies for the benefit of everyone. One such part of importance is the construction of framework. An important part of building of frameworks is the materials used. However, if there's one criticism being said about the construction business, it is that some of their techniques result into the production of a high volume of waste. The question is, is there a material that provides all the toughness needed to create rock-solid structures without creating too much waste? The answer is yes. With the use of SIP panels, such goals are very much attainable.

To start off, we are going to discuss some of the basics regarding SIP panels. First question, what is this? SIP actually stands for Structural Insulated Panel. Unlike most panels used for construction, SIP is actually a composite material comprised by 2 distinctly different materials. What serves as the core for this construction material is a polymer foam. The polymer foam can either be made of polystyrene or polyurethane. Then this foam is sandwiched by what is termed as a structural board. The board, which is made of plywood, cement, sheet metal, or oriented strand board, gives the board its solid outside layer. Other materials are sometimes used for both the core and panel.

Because of the unconventional nature of SIP panels, unique ways for linking them together are being used. The most common method used to link individual panels together is with the use of splines. Splines can be made of different materials, but one must be careful when choosing them as choosing the wrong spline can reduce the effectiveness of this material.

There are a lot of advantages provided by the use of SIP panels for construction. And one of its most awesome properties is its versatility. You can use these panels for just about any part of the house, from walls to floors. In addition, even though these panels are considerably more expensive than conventional construction tools, the unique nature of SIPs makes possible the construction of buildings without the use of frames. Add that with the overall versatility and durability of these panels, and people who will use this material for construction would mean less construction costs in terms of both money and time.

Lately, a correlation between being a green building and the use of SIP panels has become a wildly popular debate. And to some degree, it is highly recommended for people who want to create a "green" building. Because a building made with SIPs has high thermal resistance and only allows minimal air infiltration, insulation is excellent. Heat loss is at the minimum, meaning less work has to be done by climate control systems. Lastly, making SIPs consumes less energy and raw materials to produce.

As we have read in this article, the use of SIP panels holds so much promise. And because of this, we can only expect more people to use these building materials in the near future.

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Susan J Morris