Structural Insulated Panels otherwise referred to as “SIPs” have taken the home improvement market by storm. Providing homeowners with a highly insulated extension that is constructed in a fraction of the time compared to traditional building practices, it’s no surprise that these building panels are becoming the new norm. In a recent study, the global structural insulated panels market size was valued at USD 11.17 billion which is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.5% from 2021 to 2028. It’s only a matter of time before the traditional construction practices are left in the past.

Before the development of structural insulated panels often home extensions were constructed out of timber cladding which acts as a framework to the structure. Whilst this framework is often highly durable and has proven to give the end customer a structurally sound home extension there was a wide range of problems surrounding insulation and time spend on site which was very complicated to resolve. Timber cladding will always be used within construction work but when considering the development of home extensions many see SIP panels as the superior solution.

In this article, we aim to compare structural insulated panels to the traditional construction practices which are used in home extensions. Our goal is to equip homeowners with all the facts needed to help them make an informed decision on which solution is better for their specific needs.