The versatility and flexibility of SIPs

Are SIPs flexible?

Many of our customers ask us if Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) score highly when it comes to flexibility and versatility, so we’ve put together this article in a bid to explain.

First of all, it’s worth noting that flexibility can of course be interpreted in different ways and although it’s unlikely that anyone is enquiring into their bendy properties, we wanted to clarify which type of flexibility SIPs score highly for. SIPs are made from rigid OSB boards with insulation in the middle, so they’re not flexible in the bendy sense of the word. But in the way of being easy to work with and versatile in their end design, SIPs perform well on both fronts.

Are SIPs versatile?

SIPs also score highly when it comes to versatility too. They can be used for walls, roofs and floors, meaning there are far less materials needed for your overall order list. They can also be made to almost any shape or size to accommodate a variation of architectural designs, however it’s worth noting that your plans should be perfect when you send them to us, to save you having to make any cuts or adjustments on-site.

The walls can then be clad in a wide range of materials, such as: 

Vinyl siding

Wooden cladding siding

Fibre cement

Metal siding

Brick or stone veneer


Wood shakes or shingles

Metal panels

Composite panels

Concrete panels

Glass or fibreglass panels

How much do SIPs weigh?

SIPs are a super lightweight alternative to traditional building materials.

The weight of Structurally Insulated Panels of course depends on their size and thickness (of which we offer lots of different options).

However we’ve provided a general guideline for the weight of one square meter within thiS article.

Are SIP panels good for insulation?

SIPs are excellent insulators. They are prefabricated with a special layer of high performance insulation in the middle of two sheets of OSB. Compared to regular construction materials, this unique design gives buildings great insulation and more efficiency when it comes to saving energy.

How quickly can you build with SIP panels?

One of the standout benefits of Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) is the speed at which they can be used in construction projects.

How much do SIP panels cost?

SIP panels are an incredibly cost-effective material to use in construction.

To demonstrate this, let’s look at a 6m x 3m wall area, and what this would cost in SIPs vs traditional bricks and mortar.

The sustainability of SIPs

Structural Insulated Panels are a fantastic building material, which are made in a sustainable way.

In this article we look at what SIP panels are made from, and how they get the thumbs up from a sustainability standpoint.