The Future of UK Construction: Part 6 – Longevity of Finished Buildings
Before a SIPs building is constructed on-site, it is important that its component parts are packaged correctly and are transported and stored safely.
During construction, the SIP structure is likely to be exposed to poor weather conditions and may become wet. During a normal construction phase, this is not an issue for SIPs provided a number of general precautions are followed. If any panels do get wet, it is important to ensure that they are allowed to dry thoroughly. Panels should not be tightly wrapped in plastic, but loosely covered to promote the movement of air and drying.
As with any construction method, the long-term performance of the building will be largely dependent on repair and maintenance as necessary.
For instance, it is important to ensure that guttering and rainwater down pipes are regularly checked and cleaned to ensure that water runoff is collected and diverted away from the building. Flashings around the roof should be checked and repaired or replaced as required. If the building is clad in render, any cracks or damage to the render should be repaired promptly.
To be expected, the external build up is likely to wear out well in advance of a main SIPs structure.
As discussed in our previous blogs, the strength of SIPs buildings are proving legendary around the globe. They can withstand hurricanes, tornado’s and earthquakes. Provided the installation remains weather-tight and all maintenance is carried out properly, a life of at least 60 years may be expected for SIPs buildings.
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