Frequently Asked Questions About Structurally Insulated Panels

SIPs are prefabricated building materials that consist of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two structural facings, we use OSB 7/16” and polystyrene. Unlike stick framing, which involves constructing the frame piece by piece on-site, SIPs come as large, ready-made panels, providing quicker and more efficient building.
SIPs offer several benefits, including excellent insulation, energy efficiency, reduced labor costs, and faster construction. They create a tight building envelope, which helps with temperature control and minimizes air leakage.
Certainly! SIPs offer great versatility and can be seamlessly integrated into a diverse array of architectural styles and design concepts. Our team of designers and engineers excels in the transformation of conventional structural plans into SIP-based plans, ensuring that style and design are carefully considered and preserved throughout the process.
We precut chases in the wall sections where electrical and plumbing is needed.
Yes, you can use SIPs for both houses and commercial buildings. However, for really big or multi-story structures, you might need extra support beams or other structural elements to make sure everything stays strong and safe.

Some More Less Frequently Asked Questions

Panels are designed and stamped by an engineer to meet or exceed building codes.

Currently, Modern Fortress charges $0.25 per square foot of panel for shop drawings.

This depends on the nature of the job. For example, one challenge might be holding bottom plates in ½” from the outside of a  floor, which is unlike traditional framing.

Again this depends on the nature of the job. In any case, roofing requires some structure for support

This will vary based on the complexity of the house. Lead times will also vary.

Yes, the splines in SIP construction can have structural significance, as they play a role in connecting and reinforcing the panels, contributing to the overall structural integrity. We can use lumber splines or columns in the panels where additional structure is required. For example, a column to support ridge beams.

Modern Fortress currently offers a 20-year warranty. However, the correct preventive common practices for resistance must be followed.