In the custom home building world, we are always looking for new and better ways to make our clients’ dreams come to life, as well as be sustainable and cut down costs. Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) are one product that has become a game changer to Victoria BC custom home builders. ICFs are forms or molds containing built-in insulation that accepts reinforced concrete. They arrive as large, hollow blocks which can be filled with reinforcing bars and concrete right away. ICFs are a growing trend in custom home building, and here’s why:
High performing, structurally sound walls that are ready to accept final exterior and interior finishes. ICF homes can even look like traditional stucco, rock, brick, or siding finished homes!
No air infiltration
Does not downgrade over time, and will not rot or decay. The wall strength continues to last!
Less cracks and crevices lowers heating and cooling costs (reduces energy bills by up to 40%!)
ICFs are made of non-toxic materials that are safe for you, your family, your pets, and the environment.
Lack of cavity walls, which means no where for mold, mildew, bugs, or rodents to reside.
Ability to withstand strong winds and severe storms
Fire rated assembly
Creates termite resistant walls
With all of these great benefits, it’s easy to see why ICF is quickly becoming the mainstream choice of custom home builders. When you invest your time and money in a custom home, you want to know that it is made with quality materials that are going to last for years and years. Once you move into your custom home, you can start making memories without worrying about health or safety concerns such as mold or decay. ICFs could also be the reason that another family gets to enjoy your custom home for many years after you choose to leave it without worry of decay or damage.