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When building a new home, consider Insulated Concrete Form Systems (ICFs) as an alternative to traditional wood frames. Insulated concrete form homes are beautiful, energy efficient, and quiet.
Insulating Concrete Form Systems (ICFs) are forms for poured concrete walls, that stay in place as a permanent part of the wall assembly. The insulated concrete forms made of foam insulation, are either pre-formed interlocking blocks or separate panels connected with plastic or metal ties. The left-in-place insulated concrete forms not only provide a continuous insulation and sound barrier, but also a backing for drywall on the inside, and stucco, lap siding or brick on the outside.
Insulated concrete form homes can be designed in any style and will accept any traditional exterior finish, such as siding, stucco, or brick. In addition to the many functional aspects of insulated concrete form homes, consider the sheer beauty that can be added. Insulated concrete form systems accommodate any of today's most popular design features. Cathedral ceilings, tall walls and large openings are just some of the options available. Because concrete can take any shape or form, it can create an unlimited variety of curves and angles.
The massive concrete walls of insulated concrete form homes provide a remarkably solid feel and safety for your family. Concrete has a proven record of withstanding the ravages of hurricane, tornadoes and fires. In sound transmission tests, insulated concrete form walls allowed less than one-third as much sound to pass through, as compared to wood-frame walls with fiberglass insulation. With double-glazed windows and increased roof insulation, you will rarely hear street or airport traffic, all of which disappears behind your insulated concrete form curtain of tranquility.
Energy savings and comfort are built into every insulated concrete form system. The thickness, or thermal mass, of the wall configuration buffers the interior of the home from the extremes of outdoor temperature variances. Foam insulation provides a high R-value, so with the combination of the foam and concrete, the wall allows minimal air infiltration. Over the long run, benefits of energy efficiency, disaster resistance and durability reduce the cost of owning a home.
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