One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!
When it comes to setting up the foundation for your home or business, you want to make sure you start your building with a strong footing. A solid foundation will help strengthen the building and ensure that the building stands up to the test of time. One type you can use is an insulated concrete form foundation, more commonly referred to as an ICF.
ICF foundations are created using either a system of interlocking polystyrene foam or expanded polystyrene foam panels. Then, concrete is poured around these foam panels, creating both a strong and insulated foundation. This foundation method has a few distinct advantages.
Advantage #1: High Insulation Value
One of the biggest advantages of using an ICF is the high insulation value that an ICF provides. Having a foundation with a greater degree of insulation will help protect the building from heat transfer through the ground, up through the foundation, and into your home.
Having a foundation with a stronger insulation value can help make your building more energy-efficient, thus allowing for lower energy costs over the long-term.
Advantage #2: Few Thermal Bridges
Thermal bridging happens when heat finds a way to get into a building. This can happen in a variety of ways, such as heat penetrating around a window, or heat coming in through a hole for pipes, or up through your foundation.
Insulated concrete form foundation presents very few opportunities for thermal bridges. Less thermal bridges mean that your home is more airtight, and experience less heat loss. ICF can be one step in creating a building that is as free as possible of thermal bridges.
Advantage #3: Able to Withstand Disasters
An ICF is capable of surviving through some pretty extreme diesters. An insulated concrete foam foundation can withstand both hurricane and tornado force winds.
It can also withstand debris that is traveling fast as well. A foundation that is able to withstand tornado and hurricane winds is great any location; you want the foundation of your home to be able to make it through whatever type of weather happens in the local area.
Advantage #4: Potential for Termite Resistance
If the foam within the foundation is sprayed with the appropriate products over the membrane before the cement is poured, the foundation can become termite resistant. If termites are a concern in the area where you are building, an ICF makes sense.
When building your new building, be sure to consider an insulated concrete form foundation which has a high insulation value, presents few opportunities for thermal bridges, is able to withstand high-wind and projectile speeds, and is resistant to termites. Talk to a concrete contractor, such as Armada Poured Walls LLC, about the feasibility of this type of foundation for your home.Share