Why choose ICF over traditional construction?
First of all you may be wondering "What is ICF ?".
ICF is Insulated Concrete forms , and its some amazing stuff!
Our company just recently became certified installers of this method. Our training gave us some insight into why people would choose this method of construction. The most amazing thing to me personally is the protection it offers. ICF is wind resistant beyond 200 MPH this means that your home or office will still be standing in your average tornado or hurricane. It is also interesting to note that it is fire resistant with a fire rating of 4 hours. Most wildfires burn quickly and so there is a strong possibility your home or office , although damaged , would not be burned to the ground. This method is also energy efficient and green, saving owners by half or more on heating and cooling bills. And ICF building will also save on insurance which can be really expensive in high risk areas.
Here is an example of the monthly costs of an ICF home over traditional home in a high risk area:
Value of new Home: $300,000 $330,000
Monthly Payment: $1,251 $1,350
Monthly Heating/cooling : $400 $150
Insurance: $500 $200
Total per month $2,201 $1700
SAVINGS PER MONTH $501.00
Thats just over $6000 per year you can save in your home using ICF
( Note this is an example some areas may save a little more , some a little less , Please see your ICF dealer for details in your area)
What if you already built your home or office in a traditional way? Never fear we have solutions for you! We can also add ICF to existing structures. It is a great option for Safe rooms, bunkers, tornado shelters, etc. These can be built inside existing structures and finished and decorated as a traditional room or closet so you don’t loose space. If you prefer we can also build outdoor above or below ground shelters.
If you would like more info on ICF feel free to add a comment .