The use of insulated concrete forms (ICFs) is gaining momentum as the new standard for the construction of various types of buildings from single-family homes to hotels and commercial structures. Builders, designers, and architects are embracing this technology to keep their buildings as energy efficient as possible while saving on construction time and costs. Nonetheless, several myths and misconceptions persist even today.
MYTH: ICFS ARE ONLY FOR BASEMENTS
No, ICFs are not only used for basements. You can built multi-story buildings with ICFs all the way to the roof.
MYTH: ICF CONSTRUCTION IS TOO COMPLICATED
Just like with any other construction method, ICFs should be installed by professionals. According to Keven Rector at Nudura, ICFs are “pre-assembled, interlocking blocks that assure adherence to recent building code requirements, require less shipping space and manpower than other methods, are much faster than building with wood." Time-strapped builders and eager homeowners benefit equally from this efficiency.
MYTH: ONLY UNDERGROUND ROOMS ARE SAFE
The truth is, buildings made of ICF from the basement to upper floors can withstand natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and even fire, unlike wood structures. This durability, often known as disaster-resilience, is why ICFs are the new standard for safe rooms and storm shelters. These buildings built according to FEMA guidelines can withstand an F5 tornado with wind-resistance of up to 402 kilometers per hour (250 mph).
MYTH: ICFS ARE ONLY EFFECTIVE FOR COLD CLIMATES
ICFs are perfect for both hot and cold climates thanks to their continuous insulation and superior R-value. Their insulating power keeps the interior temperatures in and the outside temperatures old. As a result, you will need less energy for mechanical heating and cooling, delivering cost savings throughout the year for the building owner.
MYTH: ICF BUILT HOMES AND BUILDINGS ARE AN EYESORE
Structures made of ICFs can have the same design versatility and exterior finishes as any other buildings. ICFs can be clad with brick, stone, CI panels or siding with creative architectural shapes, attractive doors, arches, and bay windows.
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