How secure is your home? Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF), when built into walls, can guarantee not only a safe environment but also your investment for the future.
What is An ICF Wall?
Insulating Concrete Forms consist of hollow blocks made of expanded polystyrene. This plastic foam is stacked in the form of a wall to match a residential or commercial building. Rebar is added to the floor and the gap is filled with concrete. The concrete is then solidified to secure the foam panel.
The strength inherent to concrete, steel, and foam creates a resilient, energy-efficient structure.
Insulated Concrete Form
Building homes with ICFs provides resilience to natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and floods to keep homes, families, and investments safe. ICF walls also provide up to four hours of fire resistance to protect you and your family.
Another bonus is that ICF walls provide a very comfortable and quiet interior environment while significantly reducing heating and air conditioning costs. In Florida, A/C bills have been known to skyrocket in the long summers. Building ICF walls means homeowners can save up to 70% on utility charges.
Insects coming in to escape the heat are a big concern for Florida homeowners, as well. Expanded polystyrene (EPS) has no nutritional value for insects, including termites. ICF walls create barricades that prevent unwanted visitors from entering the house or overlaying walls.
ICF houses provide a cleaner and healthier living environment because fewer pollutants penetrate into the home. Building an ICF wall that takes less time than using a wooden frame structure, as well, meaning ICF construction eliminates several steps from inspecting to insulating the enclosure.
Finally, building an ICF wall offers amazing investment returns. As energy costs rise, we can depend on lowering heating and cooling costs as an important part of resale. Energy-efficient upgrades can result in marked increases in the value of your home, saving in annual utility bills.