If you’re looking into building a home, a commercial building, or any other such structure, considering utilizing at least some of the ICF building methods that have become so readily available. From energy efficiency to low cost, there are many reasons that ICF products have become so widely and incredibly popular not just here in the United States, but on a truly global scale as well.
After all, ICF systems have actually been around for quite some time now, as they were first put into play more than 60 years in the past. In the time that has elapsed since, the global used of ICF products has increased and is still prominent in the world today. As touched on in the paragraph directly above, there are most certainly a great many reasons that this is the case.
For one thing, the energy efficiency that you’ll get through the use of ICF products is not to be ignored. After all, energy efficiency has become hugely important in recent years, especially as the impact of global warming and climate change is becoming ever more obvious. Energy efficiency can help to mitigate the harm that is done even if taking steps towards energy efficiency won’t exactly solve it completely. But energy efficiency is beneficial in other ways as well, such as lowering financial costs to individual people as well as companies and even small businesses. And much of the ideal energy efficiency for any given structure can be achieved through the use of ICF forms and ICF building blocks and the like.
All you need to do is look at the overall insulation value of using ICF products and building blocks. After all, ICF decking has been found to provide up to 40% better insulation than even typical concrete flooring. Therefore, ICF decking is likely to be huge for taking steps towards energy efficiency and away from high energy costs, particularly those that are related to heating and cooling. After all, heating and cooling costs alone are actually quite likely to make up a big portion of the typical energy bill – sometimes as much as half of it, or even more (though this is certainly something that will vary from household to household and building to building). On top of this, ICF decking is considerably lighter than your typical concrete flooring as well, something that is hugely beneficial for its own set of reasons.
Costs can be even further reduced through the use of ICF construction methods. For instance, it is common that savings of as much as a full 40% can be seen when ICF materials are used in the place of the conventional methods of construction for the typical basement in your average home. After all, the use of ICF construction is a great way to cut down on the total number of steps that the project requires, which is quite essential at the end of the day in order to cut down on costs as well as to cut down on waste, something that is becoming just as important as energy efficiency when it comes to taking care of our planet, especially as this impact of global warming, briefly mentioned above, continues to take its ever climbing toll.
And while you might be worried about the quality of a building that has been made through the use of ICF materials, there is really no reason to fear in the slightest. After all, ICF buildings are actually as much as nine times stronger than your typical building that has been made with some of the more traditional construction materials. And no matter what, the building that has been made using ICF materials will be at least six times stronger than any kind of traditionally constructed building even if it does not quite meet that threshold of being a full nine times stronger.
Ultimately, there is no reason NOT to choose ICF methods of construction and ICF building materials when construction just about any type of building, from residential to commercial, here in the United States. The benefits of using such materials are certainly vast, there is no denying this fact in the slightest, no matter what you ultimately end up using.