Installing insulated panels can be one of the easiest ways to build a new structure quickly and to conserve energy in an existing one. Insulated panels are building panels that can be used in the walls, the floor, and the roof. They can be used for both commercial and residential buildings. The panels have insulation built right into them, so you don't have to worry about adding it separately. Many people use these panels because they can cut the installation time almost in half.
The panels are environmentally friendly and durable. The best part is that they are easy to install and that makes them the perfect choice for turn-key operations or do-it-yourself projects. Follow these simple installation steps on installing a wall section with a window:
Start with the window support
You will want to measure the area for your window first. Place the 2 x 4's on the floor so that they are spaced out far enough apart to fit the other panels snugly. Just put them in place and don't secure them yet. You will start by framing out the window first. There should be a vertical support beam on either side of the window hole. To secure the area above the window hole, you will add a header. It will add insulation to the area from the window frame to the upper support beam.
Cut the panel to fit under the window
You will need to cut the panel to fit securely in the space underneath the window hole. You can measure this area out and then pre-cut the panel to fit snugly. When you have completed this step, you should have complete installation above and below the window hole. You will use a support beam that is longer than the window frame and secure it to the top and to the bottom of this section. This will frame in the entire area and hold the panels in place. Be sure to nail the area where the vertical beams around the window frame meet the support beams.
Position additional panels and secure
You will need to use additional supporting beams on either side of the window frame first. Position a panel to either side of the window frame. These pieces are pre-fabricated, so there is no fuss. Push the supporting beam securely against the panels and then screw it in. Then add a supporting beam all the way across. Secure the top and bottom plates to the studs.
The wall is now complete and ready to secure to the foundation. The main advantage of using these insulated panels installations is that you don't have to worry about building a frame and then using drywall on either side of the frame with the insulation in the middle. These pieces have a sturdy frame and insulation built right into them so you can simply place them next to your frame and then secure them to it.