Insulated Concrete Forms—A Homeowner’s Useful Guide to their Pros and Cons
What exactly are Insulated Concrete Forms? Are they safe to use? What are the pros and cons of using them? Here are 5 advantages and 3 disadvantages of Insulated Concrete Forms that you should think about before building your dream home.
The 5 Advantages of Insulated Concrete Form (ICF)
#1 – It’s Eco-Friendly.
Just imagine, by choosing ICF's, you can help the environment. How? Insulated Concrete Forms reduce energy consumption by up to 50%, which quickly translates to up to 50% reduction in carbon emissions. Plus, they don’t contain harmful materials, like formaldehyde, asbestos and CFC’s.
As you might have heard, CFC (Chlorofluorocarbon) is one of the culprits to ozone depletion. Asbestos is bad for your health. It is said to trigger cancer development. These are just a few reasons why insulated concrete forms are considered a healthier option.
#2 – They’re Simple to Assemble.
Indeed, it’s really a piece of cake to assemble the forms for an insulated concrete form home. If you’re a newbie in using ICF's, it’s relatively easy to learn the construction methods. And don’t worry, manufacturers offer training sessions for their products.
#3 – It’s Versatile.
Integrated Concrete Form consists of four main components, which are panels, ties, metal corner brackets, and metal track. Their versatility makes them suited for corners, arches, curves, and other unique and interesting features that will make your home stand out.
#4 – It Spells Comfort.
Don’t like too much outside noise? Do you hate it when drafts get into your home? Well, you can kiss them goodbye. Thanks to ICF’s solid air barrier structure, it prevents air leaks from happening. That’s why you can enjoy a more controlled indoor temperature and noise-free home.
#5 – Once built they are very cost efficient.
It’s a cheaper option because it’s energy-efficient and durable. If done right, you can expect a 30% to 50% reduction in your utility bills. Since it’s made from plastic (and the filling is concrete), termites and other bugs are not a problem. And your home could even have a higher resale value—if you’re planning to sell it, that is.
Now Let’s Get To Its Disadvantages
#1 – Humidity Problems Can Occur.
And that means that mildew and mold could develop in your house, which poses a threat to your health. Not to mention it’s going to attract bugs. Anyway, you can solve this by using dehumidifiers like air conditioners or other ways of provide air circulation.
#2 – It’s Harder to Make Structural Changes.
Once completed, it’s going to be a hassle on your part to make changes to your home’s external design. If you do make changes you’ll need specialized concrete cutting equipment, and of course, experts on ICF to do this daunting task.
#3 – It’s Costly.
True, it’s going to cost you more upfront. Depending on the design, size, and materials, a home using ICF's could cost up to 30% more compared to a traditional wooden house.
There are many benefits in using Integrated Concrete Form (ICF). Of course, you can’t also ignore its disadvantages. So, get in touch with Spokane Home Builders today and learn more about your options and other building options.
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