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Steel SIPs Construction

Posted by Chris M. Kavala at May 15. 2009

Currently under construction this 3 story balloon framed steel sip walls, roof and sun deck  contractors website can be seen at www.southernsips.com and steel sips supplier www.SipSupplyInc.com  or www.stores.steelsip.info

 

 
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Posted by mjfree at May 19. 2009

What are the advantages of steel sips over OSB sips?  My house is framed in R-Control OSB sips.

Re: Steel SIPs Construction

Posted by Chris M. Kavala at May 19. 2009

Although any SIP construction will save 50 – 60% in energy costs, are 3 times stronger than frame, and are more environmentally friendly. Steel is a better choice for the following reasons

 

Advantages of Steel SIPs vs.OSB

v  Steel will not warp, swell, twist, rot

v  Rain during construction do not affect materials in any way

v  No cranes needed for installation a steel SIPs are lighter than OSB

v  The underside of the roof panel automatically forms an attractive finished soffit overhang or exterior porch ceiling.

v  Joints are a T&G friction fit they do not require splines, mastic or fasteners greatly speeding installation time

v  Steel is more stable during manufacturing and panels are held to 1/16” tolerance

v  OSB is limited to 24ft. in length …Steel SIPs are available up to 53ft. in length, eliminating butt joints

v  Steel panels are manufactured on a continuous line making them available in square pre-cut lengths in  ¼ ” increments, but only charged to the nearest  ½ ft., OSB often rounds up to the nearest 2 ft. increment – making you pay for waste that gets thrown away

v  Higher ” R – Value denser foam provides a 4.25 R- value per inch of foam

v  No Termites … Impervious to termites and carpenter ants , foam core is borate treated

v  No foam grooving is required for window and door openings, after cutouts are made, openings are simply “picture framed” with 18.ga. steel channels

v  The steel skin is the “vapor barrier” on walls no additional covering is required before siding is applied

v  Eave overhangs can be 4 feet with no additional support

v  Sound Control – utilizing a 1-1/2” steel furring strip creates a dead air space for improved STC ratings.

v  Wiring – utilizing that same air space, wiring is much easier than fishing wire thru OSB and any future retrofit wiring is easier.

v  Will not support mold growth – painted galvalume steel skins are UDSA approved

v  Indoor air quality is better due to the tighter and cleaner construction material of the interior

v  Any steel building is safer from lightning strikes

v  “Monocoque construction” All connections and attachments are with screws having greater pullout strength than nailing

v  For economy or insulated utility buildings, steel SIPs have been left exposed as the finished siding and roofing.

v  Zurich Ins. In partnership with the Steel Framing Alliance offer reduced builders risk insurance premiums

v  In Florida and other hurricane prone regions Steel SIPs are 30% less to insure that block/truss and  53% less to insure than wood frame construction

 

www.southernsips.com

 

Re: Steel SIPs Construction

Posted by Chris M. Kavala at May 19. 2009

visit:

http://www.storyq.net/boxes/7417  for a power point presentation and www.myspace.com/steelsips  for a video

Re: Steel SIPs Construction

Posted by mjfree at May 21. 2009

Thanks for the run-down.  You mention that you can have a 4' overhang on roof panels.  What is the typical schedule for embedded beams on a 3:12 roof?  I would consider using such a product on my next house construction - I did part of the install of the wall sips, and it went quite smoothly.

 

 

Re: Steel SIPs Construction

Posted by Chris M. Kavala at May 21. 2009

There are no imbedded beams, sips are totally structural, are a friction fit, t & G joint, no splines, no fasteners

 
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Re: Steel SIPs Construction

Posted by mjfree at May 22. 2009

Im extremely surprised you wouldnt need support beams for the roof - what is the maximum distance you can span for roof panels?  

 

Are there any panels that have a less textured T111 look to the outside?  It seems that your previous post was implying that you dont need to add exterior siding to these panels?

Re: Steel SIPs Construction

Posted by Chris M. Kavala at July 15. 2009

 


see progress video for steel sips at www.myspace.com/steelsips

 


 

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Posted by Chris M. Kavala at July 15. 2009
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