STEPS TO FIND AN ICF CONTRACTOR:
- Contact Nudura to locate a distributor near you who can provide information on local ICF installers and those who are trained with Nudura insulated concrete forms
- If you know a contractor who is not trained with ICFs, recommend they work with Nudura and attend a Nudura Basic Installation Course to get started.
- Contact the ICF installers to get their advice and suggestions on how they would do the work you are requesting. Familiarize yourself with their previous projects to ensure their quality and style align with your expectations. If the contractor plans to do the whole job alone, make sure they have all the necessary skills and qualifications for the full scope of work.
- Be sure you get along with the contractor. You want a partner who will thoroughly explain the construction process to you, discuss any potential concerns and work with you for the best possible result.
QUESTIONS TO ASK:
You won’t offend reputable firms by asking questions. If a contractor doesn’t seem to know much about the technical details or doesn’t want to talk about them, you may have the wrong contractor for the job. See below for some questions to discuss with your potential installer.
- How long have you been in business and installing insulated concrete forms?
- What work are you, or your subcontractors, licensed to do, e.g., electrical, plumbing?
- What kind of work do you specialize in?
- Have you done a similar job before? (ask to see a job in progress)
- Will you use your crew to install the ICFs, or will you subcontract all or part of the job?
- How would you handle a specific problem related to this project?
- How will you deal with the health and energy efficiency aspects of the job?
- What work schedule will you follow?
- What kind of warranty do you offer and what does it cover?
- Do you carry workers’ compensation and liability insurance?
- Will you provide a written contract?
- Will you take out all required permits (e.g., building, plumbing, electrical)?
The best proof of quality is satisfied customers. Here are some items to consider in getting contractor recommendations:
- Contractors you meet should have references from at least three previous clients who have had similar work done. Don’t accept the recommendations at face value.
- Call or email their clients and ask about their experience with the contractor and their tradespeople. Are they satisfied with the construction process and the quality of the work? Were there any problems? Was the work done on schedule? Would they hire the contractor again or recommend the company to friends or family?
- If the previous clients are willing, visit them the finished job. Their willingness itself is usually a sign that they were pleased with the ICF project.
- Check online reviews, your local Better Business Bureau and similar resources to note any complaints or concerns with contractors in your community.
Contact Nudura for more information