SPI is a structural insulated panel manufacturer located in Arma, KS with over 25 years experience. We manufacture panels for a variety of building applications, from high-end custom homes to commercial warehouses.
Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are a high performance building system for residential and light commercial construction. The panels consist of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two structural facings, typically oriented strand board (OSB). SIPs are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and can be fabricated to fit nearly any building design. The result is a building system that is extremely strong, energy efficient and cost effective. Building with SIPs will save you time, money and labor.
Building with SIPs generally costs about the same upfront as building with wood frame construction when you factor in the labor savings resulting from shorter construction time and less jobsite waste. Other savings are realized because smaller heating and cooling systems are required with SIP construction. SIP buildings reduce lifetime energy use, decrease air infiltration, and reduce energy costs. SIPs also provide a healthier, quiter living space, and stronger, more resilient homes.
Structural insulated panels will save you more in labor costs because the units are pre-fabricated and ready for installation. They can also save you money by requiring smaller heating and cooling systems. The most significant savings come through lower heating and cooling bills for many years to come.
With structural insulated panels, the insulation is an integral part of the structure. The polystyrene insulation is solid, laminated between OSB, so there is no air movement within the walls and roof panels. Air and moisture infiltration is greatly reduced because there are so few thermal breaks.
Structural insulated panels create an environment that is more economical and easily controlled. In addition to physical comfort, SIP structures are also very quiet, sound absorbent, clean and super efficient.
Extensive structural testing has been completed during the code approval process. In all tests, panels proved to be a great deal stronger than required by codes, because they create a monolithic structure that reacts similar to a beam. Load design charts are available for engineering, along with a report summarizing results of structural, seismic, and fire testing.
While straight walls are virtually impossible to achieve with stick framing, panels assure you of straight flat walls, with no bulging framing members. A continuous wood surface provides a sound nail base for exterior and interior finish materials. No more worry about locating studs or warped studs when hanging finishes or fixtures.
The SIP system reduces construction time to hours or days opposed to weeks or months with virtually no material waste. Custom panels are factory assembled to precise job specifications with pre-framed door and window openings, as well as all electrical runs in place. Panels arrive numbered with a layout diagram ready to be tilted into place. Framing a 2000 SF house with wall and roof panels has been done in a matter of hours.
Check out this great video demonstrating the testing performed on structural insulated panels and how much stronger SIPs are than traditional framing.
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