Insulated Concrete Forms are locked together to create the walls, reinforced with re-bar and poured solid with concrete. ICF stay in place. The result is a an energy-efficient, air-tight building with greater comfort, since the foam panels act as an air and vapor barrier in addition to adding insulation. This saves substantial heating and cooling costs, and will reduce HVAC requirements and costs.
In some areas, reinforced concrete retaining walls are required where buildings are constructed on hillsides. ICF are a great choice for this type of application because the product can work to any design, regardless of complexity.
Projects are stronger too, providing hurricane-resistance with excellent fire-resistance, and seismic strength.
Concrete cures longer and better, in all weather, due to the ICF design. Building interiors are more comfortable, with less temperature variation, less noise, and better indoor air quality
. Insulating concrete forms are perfect for demising walls, hotels, town-homes, theaters, and churches. ICF of Florida projects finish sooner, because an ICF wall takes the place of several construction steps with just one.
To build a home or commercial project of similarly high quality would require more labor, material (e.g. air and vapor barriers, external insulation), and subcontractors for the building to perform like ICF. ICF is also easier than conventional concrete construction. Insulated Concrete Forms walls lay out faster, and there is no need to remove forming.
A big time saver on the project schedule is that you don’t need to wait as long while the concrete is curing, as it cures within the form – and continues to do so, even in cold weather and without additional heating. In fact, the slow cure of the concrete in an ICF wall results in 25% greater strength than a conventional concrete wall.
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