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3 Reasons To Install An Insulated Panel Shelter

by Matthew Fields

Shelters come in all sizes and shapes, and for the majority of their history were built using traditional construction methods. This meant using up natural resources, such as lumber, and having everything from the initial design to the constraints of the construction itself revolve around the materials. Recently, however, many people planning to build a residential shelter choose to employ structurally insulated panels, or SIPs, because of the many advantages they hold over more conventional methods. Keep reading below for just three of the biggest reasons insulated panel shelters are a great choice at every stage of the construction process.


After identifying the need for a residential shelter, the first thing you'll need to do is begin designing it. SIPs offer many benefits from the start, perhaps most importantly the freedom of design. Without the limitations of more traditional materials holding designers back, shelters can be customized to very exacting specifications. Furthermore, SIPs can be used for virtually every surface, including walls, floors, and roofs. And of course, all of these surfaces can be modified with other materials as the designer sees fit. With this degree of flexibility, it is not surprising that insulated panel shelters are becoming more common than ever before.


Once a design is approved, the benefits keep piling on. Builders are more than happy to use SIPS when constructing a shelter, as it limits the build time to a matter of days or weeks, rather than months. In addition, there are no special tools that workers need to bring along, or special certifications they need to hold. In other words, building a shelter using insulated panels is about as straightforward a job as they come. That said, don't mistake simplicity as being synonymous with a lack of quality. Insulated panel shelters are built to last decades (or longer), even when maintenance is kept to a minimum. 


Even when an insulated panel shelter has already been finished, there are still further benefits for the owner. For example, such structures are far more energy-efficient than ones using more traditional materials. This is because, being airtight, they take less energy to heat and cool. They are also significantly more soundproof, with panels being a much more effective way of isolating sound than normal frames. So whatever your plans for your shelter, the advantages — from start to finish — of those built with insulated panels are hard to ignore.

To learn more about insulated panel shelters, consult a resource in your area.