ICF or insulated concrete forms have risen in popularity among construction contractors, because of the wide range of superior advantages that they offer compared to traditional framing methods. First of these is energy efficiency, since these products feature insulating properties that can save you as much as 49 percent on energy bills. Additionally, they are very durable, and can withstand even inclement weather conditions. They also make properties more comfortable by keeping out heat and noise.
With that said, if you are interested in using ICFs for your next construction project, there are certain preparatory measures that you should ensure so that you can gain full access to the benefits of the products. Mind these reminders:
Installing insulated concrete forms is fairly straightforward, but it nevertheless requires the careful observance of technicalities for quality results. For example, ICF bundles must be carried around the jobsite as opposed to dragged so that they stay in proper form and are ready for proper installation. Additionally, safety gear must be used throughout the entire installation process to ensure the wellbeing of your entire team.
Installation should also follow industry recommendations to guarantee the quality of the performance of the concrete forms. For instance, stacking techniques must be geared at ensuring the stability of all the blocks that are being stacked. Block cuts and openings, for their part, should also be braced and strapped securely. In addition, specific prescriptions from manufacturers must be considered and adopted. Important aspects such as safety loads are calculated meticulously to ensure a strong and durable structure, and they should never be taken for granted.
Working with Your Installer
Finally, make sure that you have a good working relationship with your ICF installer, from the get-go. This means that every and all transactions with them must be clear, concise, and satisfactory for you. Similarly, any question or concern that you may have must be communicated to your installer so that they can respond accordingly.
Warranty and product support must also be present for most of the lifespan of the product. The length of coverage varies from installer to installer but, essentially, it should be comprehensive enough that you know you have a trusted resource to turn to, if you will ever encounter issues with your products. Also, reactive and preventive maintenance must have your installer’s guidance so that they can be harnessed to their full functionality.