The use of ICFs or insulated concrete forms has become very popular and an amazingly clever choice in constructing houses and commercial buildings. It makes use of a temporary or permanent mold into which concrete is poured to make walls, floors and roofs. With it, the construction process and the structure itself becomes safe, energy-efficient, economically-effective, comfortable, quiet and durable.
ICFs are made from polystyrene foams, polyurethane foams, cement-bonded wood fiber and cement-bonded polystyrene beads. Polystyrene foams (mostly used as plastic) are in their solid and glassy state at room temperature but melts when heated above about 100oC. When cooled, it becomes firm again. Polyurethane (used in making heavy-duty wheels and tires) exhibits the best features of plastic and rubber combined. Cement-bonded wood fiber, on the other hand, is 100% eco-friendly. It is best known for its acoustic and insulating assets. It is made through a treatment process that naturally makes an untreated wood fiber to physically adhere with cement. Lastly, the cement-bonded polystyrene beads are the union of cement and solid, plastic beads.
Many families and building owners have proven the effectiveness of insulated concrete forms. If you were to build a house or a low-rise building, wouldn’t you consider using a material that doesn’t melt or burn, resistant to mold, moisture, rot and pests? Wouldn’t you choose to incorporate an item that will be safe in the environment and will provide low-maintenance cost and high durability in the long run? If you want to invest in a house or a commercial building, think about ICF.