SIPS FAQ

What are Premier SIPs?

Premier Structural Insulated Panels (or SIPs) are a high-performance engineered wood product with a super-insulating core of rigid expanded polystyrene (EPS), structurally laminated and pressure cured between two sheets of oriented strand board (OSB). When using…

Why should I choose Premier SIPs over stick built methods?

Quality – Have you ever looked down a stud wall and noticed how it bends, bulges, twists and cups due to the increasingly poor quality of lumber? This does not happen with a Premier wall. Our walls are straight, plumb and square. The continuous wood surface also…

What is the cost?

Building with SIPs generally costs about the same as building with wood frame construction, when you factor in the labor savings resulting from shorter construction time and less job-site waste. Other savings are realized because less expensive heating and cooling…

What style of houses can be built with SIPs?

Virtually all styles of houses can be built using Premier’s structural insulated panels. Premier structures are being built in all kinds of environments.  Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii. Any environment, hot, cold or wet is ideal for Premier SIPs.

What is the insulation advantage to building with SIPs?

R-Value is a measure of a material’s resistance to heat flow. The higher the number the better the material is at insulating. According to the Dept. of?Energy, thermal breaks such as corners, windows, doors, and stud walls dramatically reduce the stated R-Value…

How strong are Premier SIPs?

Premier SIPs are extremely strong. Studies have shown that Premier SIPs are at minimum 20% stronger than dimensional lumber. Strength in building materials and systems is judged by the materials’ ability to withstand the forces of nature. Data to determine…

Are Premier SIPs insect-resistant?

Ants, termites and other insects are common throughout the United States and can affect both stick frame and SIPs buildings. Our expanded polystyrene beads are coated with an insect-resistant product before the molding process. Premier SIPs are also sprayed with a…

How do Plumbing and Electrical integrate with SIPs?

While there are some specific techniques that your subcontractors will need to become familiar with, building with SIPs will not create a significant roadblock in your construction. Traditionally, very little plumbing is included in exterior walls regardless of the…

Why is a Premier SIPs project completed faster?

The panelized portion of a structure goes up much faster than standard stick frame construction, and our panels will be stronger, straighter and greener than stick frame methods. SIPs arrive on the jobsite precut per your floor plans. Your dedicated Premier project…

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