How are panels installed?
A panel system is very similar to a conventional framing system with a bottom plate and top plate, the difference is that instead of using 2x’s every 16” or 24”, you are using panels every 4’ or 8’. The panel seams have a simple connection detail with lumber or splines, and you use conventional 8d penny nails to fasten each piece together. ACME panels come with a structural sheathing of OSB on both sides which act as a structural component and provides a shear strength as well. The panels can span up to 16’ unsupported depending on the loading required for your building location.
ACME has Class A Certified Contractors
Our contractors can travel to your jobsite and install ACME panels. There are three types of installation services ACME can provide: a site supervisor, a partial installation, or a complete installation. Travel costs will increase ACME’s installation costs; our recommendation is to work with a local framing crew in erecting panels and talk with ACME staff or site supervisor for any questions the crew has.
ACME’s trained site supervisors have built many SIPs structures and can provide an expert advisor on site to assist and help teach a building crew. This is a cost effective option for helping builders who have not used SIPs before. Our site supervisors cost $500 a day plus travel and lodging. We think 1-2 days is plenty of time for a construction crew to learn how the panels are built.
A partial installation is where ACME’s crew can come in to install the panels while working with a local building crew. This works well if there are internal support walls or floor joists that need to be set, as the wall panels can be put into place and then the ACME crew will leave until the next section of walls or roof are ready to go up. Doing so requires some coordination between the builder and ACME, but a builder does not need to learn how to set panels to put up the building.
A full installation is where ACME’s crew will come and put up the walls, floor joists, trusses/beams, panels and wrap the building. While this is the most expensive option, it provides a weatherized shell once finished. This way a builder has less time spent on the jobsite, and may be able to better work the finishes and electrical into their schedule. ACME recommends a site supervisor or partial installation unless you are close to our facilities in Radford, VA due to the increased costs of a full installation.