Written by Mose Mullet
Like many of you, my entire career has been in the construction industry. So when I was first introduced to Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) about 15 years ago, I wasn’t sure what to think about this sudden alternative to wood- and steel-frame construction. I am thankful that I took the leap and never looked back.
As a business owner, I must look at the pros and cons of any product or system from multiple perspectives. They have to be efficient for my installers, my company, and for my customers. ICFs hit on all of those. There’s nothing around that’s better.
My crew and I were trained on ICF construction over a decade ago, and it has become a core component in our service offerings. We install the foam blocks as well as fill them with the structural concrete. We began using ICFs in the construction of new homes for both the below-grade basements and above-grade walls. Over time, we’ve been called on more frequently to build with ICFs for larger commercial projects. The advantages of this system carry over equally for both segments.
Insulated concrete forms are the way of the future and their benefits span all types of building construction. They’re easy to install, energy-efficient, extremely durable and virtually sound-proof. Regardless of your role in the construction process, you’ll find that ICFs can save time and money while creating a more durable and sustainable building.
Mose Mullet is the owner of Hiland Masonry out of Northeast Ohio. He has been in the masonry industry for almost 50 years.
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