Structural Insulated Panels
Q: We are building a home with 8″ structural insulated panels (SIPS) for the roof decking (9/12) and want to use a Fabral SSR roof on top. As an engineer, I know the value of ventilation, but when asked, the roof & SIP manufacturers point at each other and say, ‘whatever he says’. Do I need to spend a fortune to build up a secondary decking system with lathe on top of the SIP for ventilation, or can I slap the metal directly on the SIP (with ice shield)?
A: Great question. In my experience, if you have a vapor barrier on the bottom side of the SIPs and if the joints between the SIPs are properly splined and sealed to prevent moisture migration, you should be fine.
There are, though, as an option, some SIP panels with built-in ventilation grooves. You could consider those as well.
Todd Miller has spent his entire career in the metal building products manufacturing industry. He is president of Isaiah Industries, an organization recognized as one of the world’s leading metal roofing manufacturers. Todd is currently Vice President of the MRA (Metal Roofing Association) and a Past Chair of MCA (Metal Construction Association). Through his website, he strives to raise the bar on standards and practices to provide property owners with the best possible products for successful roofing projects.
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