Homes that are less than 750 sq. ft. are typically considered tiny houses, and many counties and municipalities are loosening the reigns to allow for more freedom of design for these new smaller structures. News headlines like, “No Permit Required for 800 sq. ft. Houses,” are becoming more and more popular as the movement continues to create an expanding wave.
Sing Core’s revolutionary standard sandwich panels are becoming the rage amongst tiny house enthusiasts who are building their tiny house on a trailer. The lightweight and high strength attributes of this sandwich panel make it easy to build a comfortable, lightweight tiny house on wheels.
While Sing Core only sells to upscale commercial tiny house construction companies, the general public can have access to this same technology by visiting their local Lowe’s Home Improvement Pro Desk, or lumber supplier.
The standard product – on which you can base your entire design – is the 4 ft. x 8 ft. x 1 inch Tiny House Sandwich Panel. This commercially available standard product is readily available through standard retail outlets. If it is not an in-stock item, all you have to do is ask for it and your conscientious retailer can obtain it for you.
The strength of these 1-inch thick panels is so incredible that you can build a multi-story structure without any framing required. (Sounds incredible, but these panels have a compression strength of 660 PSI – stronger than steel pound for pound – compared to other panels commonly used in aerospace that rate at 10-to-100 PSI.)
Easy to work with
Some consideration must be kept in mind due to the construction of this base material, considering:
How it is made
These standard panels are a three-part composition of
2. The empty spaces are filled wall-to-wall with rigid foam insulation
3. The core composite (1 and 2) are bonded (sandwiched) between two sheets of plywood using formaldehyde-free adhesive.
Some things to keep in mind:
The panels are one-inch thin
That means, if you’re using them as a wall, you will not have as much interior space as you would have in a 2×4 stick-framed wall. So you will need to engineer solutions for the following:
Sing tiny house sandwich panels have no solid wood edges, so walls are edge-glued, H-L-or-T channel connected using standard extruded aluminum or wood channeling, or you can add your own solid wood frame(s) for screwing or nailing.
Water and electrical
Options might include surface mounting, creating your own channel between two perpendicular panels or router-out channels at along the edge seams to embed conduit or pipe. Running these utilities though the floor and/or ceiling is another popular option.
Doors and windows
It may be a challenge to retro-fit doors and windows designed for 2×4 stick-framed homes. You could build frames for these items out of 2x4s or make sure to buy low-profile accessories for your Sing tiny house, if you’re not building your own doors and windows (which could be made from the same panel material).
Roof and floor
The strength of Sing’s panels are strong enough to use for flooring, but you may need multiple layers increase the R 3.5 value, or add insulation for floors and roofs per your design’s specifications.
Like with working with any new, revolutionary building material there is a bit of a learning curve, and creative problem-solving will take you great distances. This new material has been sought out by the most prestigious designers, builders, top corporations and governments the world over. Thanks to Lowe’s, it can be available for nearly everyone.
Though Sing Core does not offer any product support for the independent tiny house builder, you will find your local Lowe’s Home Improvement Center very helpful in helping you out with the product support that you need to get from here to there.
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