Tropical Mfg., Inc.,
is a leading
manufacturer of structural insulated panels since 1978. Tropical has
developed construction packages that feature a number of
innovative panel designs. All offer affordability, quick and easy
installation and a high degree of design flexibility.
Snap Insulated Panel was developed after much research. The
panel core incorporates expanded polystyrene, selected for its
high insulation performance. The joint design of the exterior
metal skins adds strength and simply snaps together. The wall
and roof panels form a continuous foam interface for maximum
energy efficiency. Insulation gaps are virtually eliminated.
There is less settling or compressing, less moisture absorption
or dust saturation, and considerably fewer cavities that permit
convection or air circulation than in conventional framing methods.
is also structurally superior to conventional stud framing methods.
The core of rigid expanded polystyrene foam provides shear strength,
while the exterior skins provide tensile and compressive strength.
The solid walls and roof use all their capacity to support vertical
loads, have exceptional racking resistance and can resist local
loads, buckling and bending. These are important characteristics
for resisting earthquake and hurricane forces.
The panels are very
light and easy to handle, which helps the job advance rapidly. The
internal locking system
eliminates the need for additional fastening methods at the joint. With
just a snap, the structural system, wall and roof sheathing and
insulation are installed. Construction time is considerably
less than conventional methods reducing labor costs.
All panels are
manufactured to exact lengths, which further simplifies construction.
Openings for skylights, windows and
doors can be precut. Custom shapes for windows or building decor can
easily be cut right on the jobsite. Electrical wiring chases
can be included in the panel or the panels can be stripped out for
surface mounted runs and covered with a finishing material such as
The panel offers a wide
range of design flexibility, and has been used in a variety of
applications including in-plant offices, freestanding units, houses,
restaurants, industrial storage
units, cold rooms, carport facilities and loading zone canopies.
Tropical Panel Systems also offers a
complete line of aluminum
extrusions, fasteners, hardware, engineering
drawings for existing houses.