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Insulating concrete forms
Insulating concrete forms, referred to as ICFs, can create structural concrete walls that provide tremendous energy savings. The energy savings are due to the thermal mass properties of the concrete that is sandwiched between 2 layers of foam insulation material. The foam form is held together by the reinforced plastic webs which also have pockets in them to hold the reinforcing bars in proper position. ICF systems were first developed in the 1960s in Canada. By the 1980s, some American companies got involved in the technology and ICF construction took off in the United States.
ICFs are used in all types of residential and commercial structures. Common applications are low rise commercial structures, high rise commercial structures and residential homes from the footer to the roof line.
Learn More About the Benefits of ICFs
- Much stronger wall assembly
- Disaster resistance and safety
- No mold, rot or mildew
- Insect resistance
- Sound blocking
- Energy efficiency and resultant cost savings
- Fast, easy construction
- Ability to meet higher energy codes with less complication
ICFs are available in 4”, 6”, 8”, 10” and 12” thickness’. Corner units to create 45 and 90 degree corners are also available. Specialty ICFs are available that create brick ledges, height adjustments and can even create a radius wall.
For more information about ICF construction, contact the concrete contractors at Wayne Paving & Gravel.