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Can SIPs be used as flooring?

Can you use SIP Panels for Flooring? Here's a lovely SIP floor in this attic
Yes, SIP panels can be used as a flooring system for a building.  Flooring built with SIPs will serve as structural framing, insulation and an air barrier all in one product, whilst providing a solid, quiet and warm floor.

SIP floors are more frequently found in new eco house builds and modular homes.  In older residential buildings, SIP floors are often used with extensions and conversions where high insulation qualities are sought.

What are SIPs?

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are high-performance building panels used in floors, walls, and roofs for residential and commercial buildings.  The panels are made by sandwiching a core of rigid foam of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation between two structural facings, such as oriented strand board (OSB).  The result is a building system that is extremely strong, energy-efficient and cost effective, making it ideal for self-build homes and extensions.

What’s the benefit of using SIP panels for flooring?

SIP floor panels are easy to fit.  On average flooring that would take 2-3 days to be completed, can be done in a matter of hours with SIPs. SIPs are extremely affordable too, partly as the labour costs are reduced due to their speed of application.

Finally, SIP floors provide insulation qualities as well as flooring, helping you to kill two birds with one stone.  Due to the panel’s continuous bond between the OSB and EPS, SIP floors keep your space warm in the winter and cool in the summer; helping with your building’s energy efficiency.

Where is SIP flooring used?

You’ll find SIP flooring frequently used in new build, self build and modular buildings, with SIPs playing a major part in the overall construction.

With older residential buildings, SIP floors may be used with extensions and conversions, particularly roof conversions due to their insulation qualities.

To find out more about how SIP panels can be used in your next construction project, please get in touch today.

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