If you aren't familiar with ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms), then you probably have no idea what kinds of benefits come with this form of construction. If you're wondering how ICF blocks work, why they provide excellent insulation, or what the building process looks like, check out the graphic below. And if you have any questions once you get to the end, don't hesitate to contact us!
Don't Worry About The Weather
The weather outside may be frightful but ICF houses are some of the very best when it comes to silence and safety. Concrete houses have survived tornadoes and hurricanes in areas where wood houses were flattened. No more grimacing at the howling winds that seem to threaten to break right inside a stick-framed home – walking inside is like clicking the mute button on the elements.
Saving The Environment
Constructing a 2,000 square foot home out of ICF saves nearly 50 trees compared to traditional, wood-framed construction. Building structures to last is a better technique for the environment because they are less wasteful than, one-off type building materials being shipped to landfills after 50 years of use. ICF will last much longer than any stick-framed house, helping decrease the amount of waste from having to tear down old wood and rebuild.
Flexible Siding Options
Put to rest any concerns about having your cake and eating it, too. Any and every exterior you want can be attached, with ties every six inches. Building with ICF will never limit your options when it comes to the design choices of the house you want to build. ICF only strengthens the structure of your great ideas.
With an insulation value of R-35 and higher, ICF walls outperform wood-framed houses, which usually sit around an R-20 insulation value. Furthermore, ICF forms stop any air leakage, which can represent 20% to 40% of the heat load requirements of a standard wood-framed structure.
These are the bones of the concrete. Strong steel reinforcement (rebar) is strategically placed within the forms as they are being stacked, creating molds for the concrete to form inside. By adding the flexible strength of steel to the inflexible strength of concrete it magnifies their stability and keeps the walls solid against an array of forces.
The Strength Of Concrete
Concrete is strong, and when cured in the moist environment ICF creates, it is even stronger. Concrete, unlike wood, stands up to fire, offering four-times the fire resistance to traditional wood-framed houses. Not only does the concrete add a resilient core to your wall, it also creates an excellent thermal mass helping to maintain an even indoor temperature.
Another Insulating Layer Of Polystyrene
ICF blocks don’t contain formaldehyde or other toxic gases that could negatively affect air quality inside the home. By eliminating materials that rot or mold, and mitigating a moist environment with its built-in vapour barrier, ICF further protects the air quality in your home. Similarly, the polystyrene blocks mute sound pollution – silencing all those errant and annoying noises outside.
Just like the exterior, the interior walls offer every option available to you with traditionally-built houses. The only thing different about ICF walls is the strength behind them.
Find Comfort In Your Home
With ICF the interior of your house will be safer, and quieter, making for a home a haven where you can relax and focus on the more important things in life. A place where you can fully rest, relax and rejuvenate. Because isn’t that what a home is all about?
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