Have you been dreaming of building your own house? Thousands of people in the UK have managed to build their homes on their own. It is, of course, a tiring task. Just imagine the amount of work and the long and tough planning you need to carry out yourself.
Like any DIY project, self-building a house is indeed a difficult and risky challenge. But, it gives you all the space you need to create a house that truly reflects your personality.
You get to have full control over the fixtures, bricks, garden decorations and other materials. Moreover, you can also decide whether to use a traditional timber framework or advanced structural insulated panels (SIPs).Many homeowners struggle in choosing between old-school timber houses and SIP panel homes. In this article, you can learn more about how a SIP house works, and why it’s worth it to invest your hard-earned money in building one.
What are structural insulated panels?
SIPs have been around for a long time. Approximately 8 per cent of self-built homes in the UK use this type of material. Many homeowners choose SIP over classic timber because it is more energy efficient and affordable. It is also very durable compared to other types of materials. A structural insulated panel consists of two layers of plywood or OSB with a thick layer of foam insulation.
What are the benefits?
There so many benefits you can get from building a SIP house. For example, you can use SIPs to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. The compact but breathable nature of the material helps you create better insulation inside a room.
With SIPs you can also have glazed gables and high ceiling. It allows you to add more liable space in the roof area. Perhaps you can use the free space for storage or create an extra room for your guests.
Another benefit of SIPs is that you can use it to build your walls, roof, and flooring. It’s a highly flexible material, so you don’t have to purchase other stuff to complete a project. The best part is that when installed correctly, your SIP panels can withstand heavy loads.
If you’re also in a hurry to move in, you should definitely consider building a SIP home. You will only need 24 days to complete a simple two-story house. It will take roughly 12 days to fabricate the panels and another 12 days to erect the entire structure. If you choose to build your home the traditional way, your project may take up to 5 months to complete.
Building a SIP house may seem like a daunting task, but in truth, it’s super simple to do. All you need to do is consult a SIP manufacturer. They will help you figure out the materials plus the required specifications needed for your project.
SIP panel homes are not that popular in the UK yet. However, because more people want to live in greener homes, you can expect to see more SIP houses in the future. Are you ready to build your SIP house?