To build your home with the highest potential to increase its long-term property value, turn to insulated concrete forms (ICFs). The real estate market can be unpredictable, but there is no changing the fact that you can maximize your return on investment with an ICF home.
Houses built with ICFs are more durable and energy-efficient than traditional wood-framing methods of residential construction, so it is no doubt why ICF homes are more lucrative for buyers and investors.
What are ICF homes?
The walls of ICF homes are constructed using highly insulated forms of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. Once the ICFs are stacked to the desired height and steel-reinforced, they are filled with concrete to complete the building envelope.
The thermal mass and insulation provided by the two layers of foam and concrete reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and the heating and cooling costs for the owner. With the demand for “greener” houses on the rise, ICF construction satisfies this goal with significant environmental and financial benefits. Insulated concrete forms even contribute to a structure meeting the net-zero standard where it produces as much energy as it consumes.
How ICF construction increases the future market price of residential property
Decreased maintenance costs
The cost of owning an ICF home is significantly lower than that of a wood-framed house due to its increased energy efficiency. ICF homes deliver an R-value (a measure of thermal resistance) of nearly 24, which equates to a 20-70% reduction in ongoing utility expenditures. This feature translates to significant cost-savings over time, that only increase the home’s value.
ICF wall systems also control moisture intrusion, mold, and mildew growth. They are more resistant to damage and pest infestation. Therefore, the need for maintenance is significantly reduced, along with the annual cost of ownership.
Structural integrity and durability
The strength of an ICF home not only prevents damage from daily wear and tear, but it also protects homes from natural disasters. A structure built with ICFs can withstand storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and even fires. In the wake of extreme weather, homeowners can be confident that their house, family, and precious belongings will be safe. This disaster-resiliency is a huge selling feature that will only increase the value of your property.
Home upgrades and additions
Nothing increases property value faster than the addition of a new bedroom, living area, bathroom, garage or even a swimming pool. ICFs can easily build and customize these add-ons, even if your current home isn’t made with ICFs. For regions prone to natural disasters, ICFs can also be used to construct a safe room or storm shelter.
For more information on how ICFs can add long-term value to your next custom home construction, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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