Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) Protected Against Mold, Mildew, and Termites
Structural Insulated Panels are an insulated panel construction system consisting of expanded polystyrene insulation laminated between sheets of structural sheathing. This simple sandwich panel forms an amazingly strong insulated panel for building walls, roofs and floors for sip homes or commercial buildings.
When building a new structure, homeowners and building professionals are concerned over the possible for mold growth. Mold problems in structures are typically directly related to a moisture problem. shared moisture problems are the consequence of water leaks and/or the without of attention to flashing and building details. The molds of concern to the building industry get their nutrients from the starches and sugars in wood and paper products. The OSB facings of structural insulated panels are organic and could be attacked by mold in the presence of excessive moisture. However, SIPs can be treated with a coating that will provide built-in protection, reducing the opportunity for mold growth to occur within the OSB skin.
One coating option that is used in the wood industry that provides protection against mold is called FrameGuard®, from Arch Chemical. In addition to protecting traditional wood elements, FrameGuard can be used to treat SIPs. The coating is factory-applied and protects the SIP facing against mold, and also against fungi and termite damage. Its combination of anti -mold fungicides and borate technology makes wood products unsuitable for nourishing termites and fungi which can thrive on untreated surfaces. From the time the building materials arrive on the job site, throughout construction and after occupancy of the structure, FrameGuard Coating continues to protect the SIP structure and the owner’s investment. Prevention of mold growth method fewer mold spores in the air, contributing to healthier indoor air. The coating also method building owners will not have to worry about problems from wood-destroying organisms. The similarities of FrameGuard wood have been widely recognized in trade journals and in environmental circles. It has won a Green Building Award from the National Association of Home Builders, and it is listed in the GreenSpec® directory of environmentally preferable products.
When building a new home, this is your one chance to specify mold-resistant framing and prevent mold problems in the future. Careful selection of building materials can protect against future costly repairs due to mold, fungi and termites.