Search for Structural Insulated Panels Leads Homeowner to Superiorly Insulated Home

New Jersey resident, Tom Kappeler needed a good solution for insulating the exposed open beam vaulted ceiling that was to become the central feature of his new home, Tom wanted a product that would provide the most insulation possible, R-40 or better, in the least amount of space.  Searching Structural Insulated Panels SIPs on the internet took him to a long list of SIP panels manufacturers who produce the more commonly known “sandwich panel” style structural insulated panels.  Consisting of an insulating foam (generally polystyrene) with OSB glued to either side, Tom found this to be “overkill and overpriced” and didn’t like the idea that he would have to use insulation panels “12 inches thick to meet code requirements”.

Structural Insulated Panels RAY-CORE SIPs - Kappeler Home


Structural Insulated Panels Vaulted Ceiling by RAYCORE - Kappeler Home

Beautiful Vaulted Ceiling Insulated Was The Inspiration for Choosing RAYCORE Structural Insulated Panels


Structural Insulated Panels RAYCORE SIPs - Kappeler House

RAYCORE Structural Insulated Panels - SIPs Wall Panels Quick and Easy Framing


Structural Insulated Panels By RAYCORE Were The Answer

Tom was thrilled when he discovered RAY-CORE Structural Insulated Panels.  Utilizing polyurethane foam, integrated studs and a foil radiant vapor barrier, RAY-CORE SIPs  ™ are a different kind of structural insulated panel.  Tom was impressed by the whopping R26 insulation value RAY-CORE packs into their 3-1/2” panel and the impressive R42 achieved in the 5-1/2” panel.   Concerned about upfront costs, Tom ran the numbers and determined that if he went with spray foam, the added cost was far above the RAY-CORE panels.  Considering, as Tom put it “energy savings down the road and other cost savings immediately during construction… Insulation is done… Vapor barrier is done…”  and the benefits that come with basic sealing techniques to cut down air infiltration, RAY-CORE SIPs panels would be an affordable solution for both the walls and vaulted ceiling on this project.


SIPs Wall Panels by RAYCORE - Kappeler Home

RAY-CORE SIPs ™ Wall Panels Before Sheetrock


SIPs Roof Panels Open Beam Ceiling RAYCORE - Kappeler Home

Structural Insulated Panels - Both Walls and Ceiling Come Together To Make a Tight, Super-Insulated Envelope


Blogging About RAYCORE Structural Insulated SIPs Panels

Before starting his New Home, Tom decided that this was going to be one to share with others, so he again took to the internet, posting a blog.  Taking visitors each step of the way, this give him a forum to share ideas, products and techniques utilized successes and allow others the opportunity to ask questions and provide input.  Packed full of pictures, some of which that have been shared in this article, feel free to drop in and see what Tom and others have to say about RAY-CORE Structural Insulated Panels -

Structural Insulated Roof Panels RAYCORE - Kappeler Home

Beams Ready for Tongue and Groove Decking and Then Insulated With The RAYCORE Roofing Panels


Structural Roofing Insulation By RAYCORE SiPs - KIappeler Home

RAYCORE Structural Roofing Insulation Panels Installed


RAY-CORE's Structural Insulated Panels - Roof SIPs Tom’s readers too are intrigued and impressed with RAYCORE Structural Insulated Panels.  A simple product for both builders or Do-It-Yourself-ers, readers agree with Tom’s conclusions.  Doing a quick calculation “on the back of a napkin”, one poster found that “for a 2x6 wall with fiberglass bat[sic] (R-18) verses 2x4 Raycore panels (R-25)[sic] –(R-26)” put “Raycore panels at a competitive price for the same R-value of insulation”.   Considering the benefits of a lifetime of energy costs savings, many of Tom’s visitors now will utilize RAY-CORE SIPs ™ for their next project.


Lovin’ RAY-CORE SIPs ™

In the end, Tom’s words "Love The Panels!”. 

Structural Insulated Wall & Roof Panels by RAYCORE - Kappeler Home


Project Complete!


SIPs Insulated Wall Panels RAYCORE Home Kappeler

Structural Insulated Wall Panels Roof Panels RAYCORE - Kappeler

Another Beautiful Home Built with RAY-CORE Structural Insulated Panels - Enjoy A Lifetime of Energy Savings!  

In the end, Tom’s words are simply put… “Love the Panels!”. And you can too… To find out more about RAY-CORE SIP Panels

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