Building an extension can be a fairly major undertaking. Even a small extension will cost you considerable time and money, so it is important that you give plenty of thought as to all aspects of the design.
SIPs or structural insulated panels are becoming increasingly popular in modern construction, particularly in the building of sips extensions. Here are several reasons why you may want to choose SIPs for your own extension.
What are SIPs?
SIPs are pre-fabricated panels that are constructed off-site and can be used for floors, walls and roofs. They are made up of from two sheets of oriented strand board (OSB) which sandwiches an insulated polystyrene foam centre. The resulting panel is incredibly resilient and can be used in the place of a timber frame.
SIPs are designed to make your home airtight and stop any heat from escaping. They have excellent insulative properties and can save you considerable money on your energy and heating bills. The panels interlock together with ease when constructing leaving you with a strong and eco-friendly design option.
Benefits of using SIPs
Whilst the use of SIPs is a little more expensive than using a regular timber frame, there are many advantages to choosing pre-insulated panels when building your SIPs extension. For one, they can dramatically reduce the overall construction time as they are purpose built and come delivered to site all ready to fit together. SIPs are already cut to the exact specifications necessary for your extension, ensuring the building process is considerably faster and saving you valuable labour costs. Due to their being prefabricated off-site in factory conditions, SIPs are also not affected by external factors such as weather conditions in the same way that materials constructed onsite are.
Another major benefit of using SIPs when building your extension is that the dry rates are also much quicker. This means that the building can be fully prepped for electrics and plumbing a great deal faster than using traditional construction methods such as a timber frame. If you are looking to build an extension that is both strong and environmentally friendly, then SIPs represent a fantastic option.
Contact SIPs Scotland for more information
SIPs Scotland was set up to deal specifically with the increasing demand for SIPs throughout Scotland and Northern England. For more information on how to use SIPs for your extension or any other building project, please get in touch for a free consultation on 0845 555 1015. Alternatively, you can contact us online via our “contact us” page.