Benefits of Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) for Homeowners
If you are asking what is ICF? You aren’t alone. ICF stands for Insulated Concrete Forms. Top manufacturers like Reward Wall System created concrete forms that are strong and virtually soundproof. These forms are actually created by joining long hollow “blocks” that are constructed with two strips of polystyrene connected with plastic ties. The ICF blocks can be cut to create custom lengths. Once the blocks are tied and reinforced with rebar, concrete is poured inside the blocks to form the foundation and walls of the home.
Unlike common concrete forms, in which the steel forms are removed after the concrete hardens, the polystyrene on the ICF block remains part of the structure. Along with the thick concrete core, it provides insulation that allows interior temperatures to stay steady throughout the year, reducing heating and cooling costs. The exterior can be finished with stone, brick, stucco or siding. The ICF also creates a tight seal for the inside of the home that resists moisture, which can create harmful molds. It can protect your home with wind resistance up to 200 mph and fire for up to 4 hours.
A common misconception about ICF homes is that they’re all gray and look like concrete. That’s simple not true. ICF home builders can create beautiful custom homes with the stylized architectural features they desire. ICF homes are designed in a wide variety of construction styles, square footage, number of bedrooms/bathrooms and other amenities to fit your lifestyle and needs. However, what they all have in common is their owners pay much less in heating and cooling costs. This is because the concrete is a more powerful and efficient insulator than bat or spray insulation or wood framing.
For many, home sweet home is about a quiet environment to break away from the hustle and bustle of the day. ICF building system’s soundproof construction can provide you with insulated concrete forms that will exceed your expectations for quality and quiet. If you are tired of listening to traffic, dogs barking, neighbors running yard maintenance equipment, garbage trucks and all other outside disturbances, a quality built ICF home is the perfect choice to reduce those noises.
With an increase of interest in home energy efficiency, ICF homes are becoming more popular. Gavin Construction can provide you with high quality construction that meets the needs of your custom home plans. Our experience in ICF concrete homes allows us to help you create the home of your dreams using this innovative material.
If you want to know more about the benefits of a quality ICF home or discuss house plans, give Gavin Construction a call at (610) 287-4050.