Structural insulated roof panels are more commonly known in residential construction as an SIP or SIPs. The SIPs we want to investigate are for residential use. We want to help you learn about the type you may need for your home or a client’s home if you are fixer upper or contractor.
SIP is short for Structural Insulated Panel for those of you that have not already figured that out. SIPs are used for floors, walls and roofs, but we will be concentrating on their use on roofs for residential roofing in this article.
In this tutorial we will outline how to install metal flashing around the windows of your home. There are a lot of tricks of the trade for different situation you may encounter in doing such a job. There are also many variables that could be different, such as the type of window and what type of sill, siding or outside layer will be on the home after the flashing is installed. Flashing window openings can be simple or complex depending on the job and all its details.
Tempered glass is sometimes referred to as toughened glass as well. In this article we will examine the qualities of tempered glass and explain its common uses for windows and offer some buying tips. We also will give a comparison between tempered glass and regular glass.
Tempered glass is roughly four times stronger than regular glass. It is meant for applications that may withstand severe pressure that normal glass cannot handle without shattering. It is often known as safety glass because when it does shatter, it breaks apart in tiny square like pieces that are not as sharp and dangerous as regular shattered glass shards which can be pointed, sharp and extremely dangerous during both breaking and clean up afterwards.
Creation of Tempered Glass
Roof overhangs, commonly known as eaves are sometimes added to an existing home. In this article we will discuss why you may want to add them, tell what is involved and consider some different designs.
There are several advantages to having roof overhangs on your home. We will go over some of the main advantages next.
Perhaps the most important advantage is removing water away from the roofline. If you do not have overhangs then water will run straight down the side of your home and even into the basement in some cases.
When planning a home renovation, it will help to get a good, thorough inspection of your home. No doubt there are many things you are aware of that need repair or replacement, but there are also many things you can’t see so easily. In addition to the items that need to be repaired now, there could be parts of your house that are nearing the end of their expected life and will need repair soon. The following lists the average expected lifespan of materials and items in a typical home, in years. It may be a good time to replace them at the same time as your renovation. Of course, you will need to know when the item was first installed or how old it is.
Asphalt composition shingles: 15-30 yrs
Asphalt overlag: 25-35
Asphalt built-up: 12-25
Every home has a certain level of noise, and every occupant has their own comfort level of how much noise they can tolerate. Total silence can be disturbing for many people, so we don’t want to get rid of all noise, nor is it possible in most cases, but there are steps you can take to keep household noise to a reasonable level.
Tactics for noise control fall into two categories; stopping noise at its source, or stopping sound from being transmitted in your house from one location to another. We look first at stopping noise at the source.
Rockwool insulation is actually made from rocks and minerals. This is a very versatile product but is most commonly used in building construction, automobiles, industrial plants, factories and new home construction. It is very popular due to its excellent abilities to block both heat and sound.
Rockwool can be installed in many applications. We will name some of the more common uses below:
-Flat roof insulation – Rockwool insulation is used as a fire safe, thermal and acoustic insulation.
Closed cell insulation is generally a sprayed in foam type insulation. To give you an idea of what closed cell foam insulation is, we will compare it to open cell foam insulation. Open cell insulation is a spray foam insulation that expands up to 120 times the volume of its liquid form when it is sprayed.
Open cell insulation has a very soft, sponge like texture. Compared to open cell, closed cell foam insulation is sturdier or harder to the touch and it doesn’t have the same expanding properties as the open cell foam insulation.
Open Cell vs. Closed Cell
Epoxy glue is a two component adhesive with amazingly high bonding strength. Being a copolymer material, it forms cross linked molecular chains when the two parts making it up, resin and hardener, are mixed. Epoxy can be used to hold together many materials, including wood, aluminum, fiberglass, various types of plastic, stone, cement, and steel. After it hardens, it is waterproof, and will withstand heat better than any other adhesive type.