Structural Insulated Panels For Vaulted Ceiling
New Jersey resident, Tom Kappeler needed a good solution for insulating the exposed beam vaulted ceiling that was to become the central feature of his new home, Tom wanted a product that would provide the most insulation possible, R-40 or better, in the least amount of space. Searching Structural Insulated Panels SIPs on the internet took him to a long list of SIP panels manufacturers who produce the more commonly known “sandwich panel” style structural insulated panels. Consisting of an insulating foam (generally polystyrene) with OSB glued to either side, Tom found this to be “overkill and overpriced” and didn’t like the idea that he would have to use insulation panels “12 inches thick to meet code requirements”.
Structural Insulated Panels by RAY-CORE Was the Answer
Tom was thrilled when he came upon RAY-CORE Structural Insulated Panels. Utilizing polyurethane foam, integrated studs and a foil radiant vapor barrier, RAY-CORE is a different kind of structural insulated panel. Tom was impressed by the whopping R26 insulation value RAY-CORE packs into their 3-1/2” panel and the impressive R42 achieved in the 5-1/2” panel. Concerned about upfront costs, Tom ran the numbers and determined that if he went with spray foam, the added cost was far above the RAY-CORE panels. Considering, as Tom put it “energy savings down the road and other cost savings immediately during construction… Insulation is done… Vapor barrier is done…” and the benefits that come with basic sealing techniques to cut down air infiltration, RAY-CORE SIPs panels would be an affordable solution for both the walls and ceilings on this project.
Blogging About RAY-CORE SIP Panels
Before starting his New Home, Tom decided that this was going to be one to share with others, so he again took to the internet, posting a blog. Taking visitors each step of the way, this give him a forum to share ideas, products and techniques utilized successes and allow others the opportunity to ask questions and provide input. Packed full of pictures, some of which that have been shared in this article, feel free to drop in and see what Tom and others have to say about RAY-CORE Structural Insulated Panels. http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/projects/255216-new-home-begins-28.html.
Tom’s readers too are intrigued and impressed with RAY-CORE Structural Insulated Panels. A simple product for both builders or Do-It-Yourself-ers, readers agree with Tom’s conclusions. Doing a quick calculation “on the back of a napkin”, one poster found that “for a 2×6 wall with fiberglass bat[sic] (R-18) verses 2×4 Raycore panels (R-25)[sic] –(R-26)” put “Raycore panels at a competitive price for the same R-value of insulation”. Considering the benefits of a lifetime of energy costs savings, many of Tom’s visitors now will utilize RAY-CORE SIPs for their next project.
Lovin’ RAYCORE SIPs
In the end, Tom’s words are simply put… “Love the Panels!”.
And you can too… To find out more about RAY-CORE SIP Panels visit our website at www.raycore.com or feel free to click the green button on the right of your screen and one of RAY-CORE’s knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you. If you wish to speak to someone right now, feel free to phone toll-free 1.877.552.2440.