Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are definitely worth the upgrade! Adding affordable and energy-efficient paneling can be a cheaper option for building, both short and long-term.

Let’s break down what SIP panels are and why they are the best option on the market today for building tiny houses:

What is a SIP Panel?

A SIP panel is made by laminating styrofoam insulation with sheet goods. Using styrofoam makes the product extremely lightweight, a massive benefit for a home on wheels that is transported often

The measure of thermal resistance (R-Value) is 25 or above, which means the amount of heat flow reduction is above 96%. You can rest assured that the tiny home will maintain the set temperature well. 

SIPs are more structurally sound than traditional framing and 3 to 5 times stronger! With zero flex and a breakaway weight of 600lbs per sqft for the foam, Structural Insulated Panels are the way to go.  

How Does Wiring Work with SIPs?

Turn Key Fabrication uses a proven strategy when installing wiring channels for tiny houses. We start all the wiring in the ceiling and then drill holes through the SIP panels. 

Next, we run channels where the wiring will go through each wall. Each channel comes with a string that pulls the wires through once the roof is installed on the home. These channels save builders a significant amount of time, as the work is already mostly done. 

What are the Options with SIP Panels?

The sky’s the limit when it comes to SIP panels. They are highly adaptable and can be used for floors, walls, roofs, foundations, and basements. 

People love tiny houses because they can create a home from scratch. SIP panels can be customized to any shape and size and are built to order. 

How do SIP Panels get Installed?

Many suppliers of SIPs send pre-cut panels to their customers, leaving them to assemble themselves. 

Turn Key Fabrication does the assembly in-house. For our client, Indigo River, a trailer is delivered to our warehouse, and we put the tiny home together. 

This allows us to make sure all pieces are correctly installed. We start with drilling electrical channels in the panels, then attach the walls to the trailer. Next, the ceiling is lifted above the structure, where the wires are pulled through the walls. Finally, the top is attached to the roof of the home. 

Builders can then attach any siding they want to the interior and exterior of the home to create a customized design. 

What are the Benefits of SIP Panels?

SIP panels have many benefits! Builders will see significant differences when comparing SIP panels to standard framing materials. 

  • Being lightweight, these panels create up to 30% weight reduction in framing from traditional houses. 
  • SIPS are earthquake and hurricane-resistant, standing the test of time. 
  • The high R-Value means that the house keeps the temperature consistent, so it is more cost-effective to heat or cool a home built with SIP panels. 
  • Our panels are made of styrofoam, allowing the homeowner to create optimal storage easily, as there are no studs in the walls.

Are SIP Panels Only for Tiny Houses?

SIP Panels can be used on all types of homes! Turn Key Fabrication uses panels on cabins, tiny roomstiny houses, storage, and more. Any structure that needs solid insulation can benefit from SIPs. 

Why is Turn Key Fabrication the Best Option for SIPs?

Turn Key Fabrication is the best option for Structural Insulated Panels because of our tiny house-building knowledge. We can cut costs for customers by creating our SIPs in-house. Turn Key Fabrication can also foresee problems and work through them before they become more significant issues, saving our clients time.

SIP panels are lightweight, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective. If you want to cut costs and production time on your tiny house building, contact us today and let’s partner to create the best homes on the market.   

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