Guardian SIP Extension FAQ’S Discusses By Guardian Roofs UK


What Is A SIP Extension?


SIP Extensions are an extension to your property which uses prefabricated structural insulated panels that are delivered to site when construction is ready to start. The panels consist of an insulating polystyrene core which is sandwiched between two structural facings. SIP’s are used instead of the more conventional bricks, blocks or timber frames and there are many benefits of having SIP extension or roof. 

SIP stands for Structural Insulated Panel and these structures are used for many construction types including; new build houses, apartments, extensions and roofs. They can even be used for larger-scale properties such as Commercial Buildings, Churches, Schools, Colleges, Leisure Facilities, Community Centres, Retail developments and Outlets, Hotels, Restaurants, Supermarkets, Hospitals and even Doctors Surgeries. 

The insulation properties of the SIP panels make them really energy-efficient, keep the warmth in during the winter and warmth out in the summer, saving you a lot of money on your energy bills when the extension has been completed. The joining system of a SIP structure offers an airtight room compared to traditional brick, stone and timber methods. This along with insulated panels result in a strong, well designed, warm and economically friendly extension.

All in all, it is a lot quicker and more effective way to increase the space you have in your property. The SIP framework for an extension can be constructed in as little as two days which significantly speeds up the process of a build and will reduce the cost of labour needed for construction. 


What Makes A SIP Extension Different? 


✓ SIP extensions are immediately thermally efficient compared to brick or stonework where inner stud walls and insulations need to be added after the walls have been built. 

✓ They are warm in the winter and cooler in the summer. 

✓ They are quicker to construct than traditional extensions 

✓ Construction times are significantly less and can reduce the time of completion by up to 75%

✓ The waste, mess and disruption caused by the construction of a SIP extension are far less compared to a traditionally built extension. 

✓ They reduce your heating and energy costs.

✓ SIP panel structures don’t have issues with shrinkage or settlement and overcome cold bridging issues associated with other forms of construction 

✓ They are built by a SIP extension company so you don’t need to engage with builders and other trades throughout the project. 

✓ SIP panels are thin and compact, taking up less space than other external wall types, giving you the chance to make the most out of your space. 


Why Do People Choose SIP Extensions?


A SIP extension is an easy, quick and cost-effective option of extending your home or business compared to a conventional extension from brick, blocks or timber frames. SIP extensions are constructed 4 times quicker than traditional materials as the triple-insulated panels are prefabricated prior to the start of a build. This means when the panels arrive on site the team will be able to assemble the structure in no time. 

The construction method for building with structural insulated panels is fast, easy and cost-effective, it will also cause a lot less disruption caused to your home or business. The SIP insulated panels come in different thickness’, however, all panels are lightweight which makes them easy to handle and construct even in bad weather. SIP panels’ strength comes from their solid core of high-density insulation in each panel.


Will My SIP Extension Look Like A Conservatory? 


SIP extensions can be made to look traditional conservatories, it truly does depend on your design and external finishes. There are no limitations when it comes to external finishes for a SIP extension. A SIP extension can also be as big or small as you wish. New build properties are now being constructed using prefabricated Structural Insulated Panel Systems. 


What Are The Benefits To A SIP Extension? 


✓ Fully guaranteed 

✓ Technical support from start to finish

✓ Accelerated planning approval 

✓ Bespoke design to suit your needs and design ideas 

✓ A range of colours and finishes available

✓ A quicker and more cost-effective way to increase the space in your home or business

✓ Pre-assembled, factory-engineered modular construction provides superior build quality 

✓ Outstanding energy efficiency with U-value of 1.0 W/m2K. 

✓ Faster modern methods of construction with two to three-week build programmes and zero on-site waste. 

✓ Good for the environment the SIP panels use much less timber than your typical frames and are one of the most economical and eco-friendly forms 

✓ Thermally efficient keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  

✓ A quicker and more cost-effective way to increase the space in your home or business. 

✓ Increases the value of a home or business. 


How Long Will SIP Extensions Last? 


In the USA SIP and timber constructed buildings have been used for many years and in Scandinavia for over a hundred with no adverse effects seen. As long as your SIP  extension is dry and airtight there is no reason it won’t last the time a brick house does. 


What Is The U Value Of SIP Extensions?  


The U value is a measuring unit which describes how much heat is lost through a building. It is measured in meters squared Kelvin per Watt (m2K/W) and the amount of heat that passes through the fabric of the building over a year. They should come with triple insulated walls and roof, double glazed windows and strong, steel-reinforced structures which makes them strong and durable, which will last for years to come. You should always check this when you are looking for a SIP extension company and look for outstanding energy-efficiency with a U value of 1.0 W/m2K or less as these are the most energy-saving extensions that are available.


How Much Will A SIP Extension Cost?  


The material for SIP extensions can be more expensive than a traditionally built extension and this is what most builders and contractors will tell you, however, the ease and quickness to construct mean that a SIP extension can be constructed 4 times more quickly than a traditional extension and is not so weather dependent and this is where the savings start as well as energy bills being less when complete due to them being dry, airtight, thermally efficient and structurally efficient. 


Will My SIP Extension Guaranteed? 


Yes, professional and reputable SIP extension companies offer full and extensive guarantees. 


How Can I Arrange A SIP Extension? 


Contact Guardian Roofs Birmingham who offers SIP roofs and SIP extensions tailored to your needs and design. We will come out to your home and discuss with you exactly what you are looking for, give you ideas and inspiration as well as a no-obligation quote with timescales for your new extension.


Guardian Roofs Birmingham 


Guardian Roofs Birmingham is a reliable and reputable SIP extension company who can help you design and build your perfect extension. Our team gives you inspiration for your design, takes accurate measurements for your extension, helps you with building control and planning permission and complete the construction of your SIP extension or replacement roof. A Guardian SIP extension will give you a strong, warm, usable and energy-efficient space for you and your family. 

If you are considering a SIP Extension then give us a call on 01216 672316 and one of our team will answer any questions you may have or can arrange a meeting for you to discuss your extensions requirements.