Throughout the country, Timber Frame construction is becoming more and more popular, and for good reason. The structural skeleton of a Post and Beam home is stronger and more aesthetically pleasing than conventionally framed structures. At one time, insulating a post and beam structure demanded stud wall framing and conventional fiberglass insulation, which diminished the beauty of the exposed timbers. Today however, timber frame buildings can be enclosed in a new, more cost-effective way with laminated stress-skin panel systems (Structural Insulated Panels) from Foam Laminates of Vermont.
What are Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)?
Structural Insulated Panels or SIPs are a sandwich assembly consisting of a lightweight EPS (expanded polystyrene) core glued between two sheets of Oriented Strand Board (O.S.B.). The lamination process is performed under carefully controlled conditions, insuring a quality product. The panels create a system which provides high load bearing capabilities, exceptional insulation, and an uninterrupted wall surface, all in one. The system is designed to be mounted over timber framing or can be used as a standalone product. Either way, SIPs form an uninterrupted insulating blanket with an R-value much greater than that of conventional walls with fiberglass insulation.
An EPS core has been selected because of it strength and low rate of heat transfer. In addition, polystyrene is an inert non-formaldehyde, moisture and mildew resistant material that can withstand temperature cycling.
Consider Foam Laminates of Vermont
If you are a builder, architect, or an individual building your own home, we encourage you to consider the advantages of the most energy efficient insulating system available: Structural Insulated Panels by Foam Laminates of Vermont; A product so green, it's even in our name.