To pronounce the SIPs (Structured Insulated Panel) as “SIP panel” is somewhat redundant considering the “P” in SIP stands for “Panel”. Never mind, these insulations are added on prefab homes with layers of oriented strand board put in between the modules. Below is some information regarding the use of SIPs in small prefab homes.
SIP Modules are Used on the Side Walls
When put to blower door tests, the SIP doors showed five times more air tightness than stick-built modules. Blower doors are machines, which can be used to know the air tightness of buildings. In SIP construction method, fewer modules are insulated alongside OSB sheathing on sidewalls – that is where builders seal tight insulation among other parts in prefab homes.
Merging the Styrofoam with Reinforced SIP
The Styrofoam is merged with Structured Insulated Panels to make modules more rigid in SIP construction method. However, the reinforced SIPs are also used in prefab homes to merge exterior and interior together with further insulation. The advantage of using such kind of construction is that designers could conceive the individual layers on CAD.
SIP Panels Make for Quick Construction and Erection
Builders assign individual SIPs with characters and numbers for quick final assembly. When the modules get to a property, the panels stacked upon each other are assembled to make small prefab homes. Structured Insulated Panels are used on HVAC systems, walls and windows, and doors. So, these SIPs help not just in quicker assembly, but in erection too, if numbers are specifically mentioned.
Fastening Works Made Easy with SIP
The panels are not necessarily applied directly to a concrete slab in prefab homes, mostly because OSB and water don’t combine well. Double still plates are used to lift the SIPs off the ground, and tighter caulking is also used to complete fastening work. Just two contractors can do the whole process of fastening, depending on the size of the entire module. Nevertheless, if the modules size up to 4000 square feet, contractors may need a forklike to assemble.
Much like small prefab homes, the structured panels are prefabricated in the factory. Builders in prefab housing industry make sure they draw a blueprint of SIPs as per the home specifications and dimensions. This helps them to finish the task in a much better way.