10:04PM | 10/25/09
Member Since: 09/30/08
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There is a God after all--Valubuild is out of business and they should be. I can't believe how bad my experience was with them. But, again I must emphasize that they made me believe I could build a Sip home by myself in a matter of a few days. They even gave me references that told me they built their homes in a few days. Well, now they are out of business and I feel the world is more of a fair place.

Again, I have always stressed that Sips are a very good building system, but they are for no one except SIP Building Professionals who have thrown their hat into the SIP building ring. Once you the non SIP builder gives this system a try you will not want to repeat it. What a shame as you learned how to build it over many back breaking months lifting 120 pound plus panels. Or, perhaps you made a wrong cut on one of the panels. If you are lucky you live under 100 miles away from a SIP manufacturer that will get you loaded up with one of the large 8' x 10' panels. Load up a couple and hope you don't get pulled over by the police. They are huge. By the way you will fork over about $350. bucks for the panels if you are lucky to get them that cheap.

Again, the SIP building system is a good system, however no one you work with, but an expert will know how to put them together. Once you find the expert, and this is what the SIP consolidators like Valubuild know you will succumb to, expect to pay a huge amount of money to them, if they have the time for your project. They know you are in a heap of trouble and they can help you. I mean, they already know that all the contractors you have talked with have told you that your SIP system will take much longer than convention construction and they don't know how many days, months it will take to build it. You are left paying by the hour and not by the job. You are in trouble.

Again, don't get me wrong, an experienced SIP building crew may be able to build a SIP home in a day, where it would take them a week to build a conventional home. Again, this is not you and it is not all the contractors you have talked to. Stay away from SIPs in that case and go for conventional framed homes.

Really, are you not looking into SIPs because you want to save a lot of money by going to an unconventional building system? I believe that is the main reason the majority of people go with SIPs, they figure they can build it themselves on the cheap. No, you can't. Ask any reputable SIP company and they will tell you that SIP construction is more expensive and takes very skilled SIP builders. But how can that be? You watched the Valubuild movie they sent you and it shows common housewives on the building site helping their husbands put up the SIP panels that snap together like a simple puzzle. Like building blocks you played with as a kid. How wrong you are. Wait till you and your friends, family, and contractor show up to help you. Then all the questions begin. "why did they send you all of that glue?" "By the way, where do you put your electrical wires and plumbing?", "Bill is going to be sick today, and I just work by myself on these 120 pound panels?" "I'm really in over my head, can I just ask a contractor to take over.... well, I guess not, I'm the only one who has been reading about building with these things for over a year and need to stay at their side hour by hour, day by day to tell them how to do it". There are hundreds of questions that I just can't put down here. Please, don't build with SIPs unless you are a professional contractor who has dedicated themselves to learning how to build with this. Again, in the hands of a professional a SIP home can go up very, very quickly. In the hands of a non professional SIP builder, you will end up beyond budget and you will be forced to stay on site to learn how to build with SIPs as will your carpenter or contractor. What both of you will learn after building with SIPs is this--you will have become a SIP expert capable of building with this system, but more important you will both agree that you never will work with this system again.

Let me stress again. If you really want a SIP home and don't mind the added expense, then go for it. You will have made a fine decision. If, however, you have looked into this system to save a ton of money, they I will only say I have warned you after your months of agony.

PS: There is a new "do it yourself SIP building evangelist" company that has taken over the Valubuild website. The new company is "Jan Brown's" Valubuild" They are even using the old Valubuild videos. I went to the "Wayback Machine" to find some old logos of the company and have included them here in this post. Be sure to go to the Internet Wayback Machine to do your research on Valubuild's old site. Go to the Internet Wayback Machine and do a search for Valubuild dot com.


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