Insulated Concrete Forms
Over 18 years of continuous Insulated Concrete Forms experience. Residential, multi family, basements, crawl spaces, and commercial experience. Hundreds of successful projects completed and counting. Thousands of pours executed successfully. Homes from $150,000 to $5,000,000. Commercial projects: Schools, municipal buildings, office warehouse space, Retail office space are some of the ICF projects we have installed.
Once a structure is built with ICF there is no comparison to typical frame or block construction. The ICF industry falls into a trap of comparing the benefits and features to typical frame construction, there are no true comparisons between the two. Both ICF and traditional methods of construction perform the same requirements for most structures, but ICF performance criteria are significantly greater than traditional methods.
ICF’s have one limitation vs. concrete block construction… It requires the application of a durable finish material whereas concrete block can be painted or left bare.
The cost of ICF vs. more traditional methods of construction is typically more for the actual construction, but the cost of ownership of an ICF structure is significantly less than the more traditional methods. In nearly every documented case of the cost of an ICF structure, the return on investment (ROI) for the extra construction cost is within 5 years with many showing less than 3 years. Depending how costs are viewed, ICF may cost a little more or significantly less to build and operate.
ICFs can be cut to any shape to allow for unique home designs or site conditions. Because ICFs provide a flat, continuous surface to work on, troweled finishes generally go onto ICFs with little advance preparation. In addition, the ends of the ties themselves are typically designed to accept fasteners to permit interior drywall to be installed directly over the forms. Similarly, this built-in furring permits mechanical attachment of exterior finishes like lath for stucco, furred and direct attached siding, or masonry veneer. There are even brick ledge forms to help further simplify brick installation.
Currently, ICFs are used to build walls for all types of buildings, and several manufacturers have additional forming components that will allow the construction of attached concrete floors and/or roofs. There are several brands of foam forming systems readily available in almost every region of the country.