Stresskin Panels (SIPs)
To the right is a picture of a typical Wall & Roof System with a description. One of the most important parts of the wall and roof system is venting the roof. Stress skin panels are used to carry loads and also insulate roofs. Stresskin is made of four layers: 1/2″ Oriented strand board sheathing on the outside, expanded polystyrene foam insulation in the middle, & 1/4″ OSB backer board and 1/2″ sheet rock on the inside. The panels are also called SIP’s (structural insulated panels). See the picture above for the entire wall system detail.
When a non-venting roofing material is used, like asphalt shingles, wood shingles or standing seam metal roofing, a vented cold roof is required to ensure that the roofing material lasts & the stresskin panels continue perform for years.
Channels are pre-cut in the foam for electrical wires and OSB splines screwed in at the joints to hold the panels tight. 2x framing is installed around the windows & doors for added strength. Mechanicals, like plumbing and wiring can also be hidden in the 2x floor framing and the interior partitions. The result is an airtight insulating system that is extremely efficient. So efficient that we recommend that an air-to-air heat exchanger is installed to ensure adequate fresh air ventilation.
High quality 2x tongue & groove ponderosa pine decking is used between floors. Most of the time we install another 2x floor system above the decking for mechanicals, but our pine decking is so nice that many of our clients choose to use it for their finished floors upstairs.
We have joined together with Foard Panel, suppliers of stresskin enclosure systems, to create the Vermont Timber Works & Foard Panel Stresskin Panel Information Page on Foard Panel’s web site.Click here to learn more about structural insulated panels by Foard Panel.
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