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ICF

When you step inside an ICF home, it’s apparent that this is no ordinary house. ICF homes make use of a combination of steel-reinforced concrete and expanded polystyrene (EPS), which is one of the best insulating materials out there. The result is a durable and energy efficient foundation that is also safe and provides excellent noise reduction.

As homeowners become more concerned with rising energy costs and preparation against natural disaster—especially with rampant Central Texas flooding and wildfires—ICF construction is a winning choice for a home that’s not just beautiful but built to last.

What Is an ICF Home?

Insulating concrete forms (ICF) refers to a wall construction method utilizing cast concrete walls. These walls are stacked between two layers of foam insulation forms. Stacked in an interlocking manner, these forms are bonded to steel reinforcing rods and left in place. This sturdy foundation results in airtight homes that are energy efficient and airtight. This makes them able to withstand severe weather conditions and natural disasters that include wildfires, floods and tornadoes.

An ICF home isn’t limited to a certain architectural style—these homes can have a traditional finish, from brick to wood to siding on the interior or exterior. . 

What Are the Benefits of ICF Homes?

YYou may be wondering what benefits the construction of an ICF home has for your everyday life. Below is a list:

  • Energy performance: Due to the continuous layers of insulation on both sides, ICF walls are extremely airtight. In fact, comparisons between similar ICF and wood-frame house constructions revealed that the former can offer up to 25% savings in annual HVAC costs.
  • Resistant to natural disasters: In Central Texas, flash floods and wildfires are a real and constant threat, which makes weatherproofing your home a necessary precaution. ICF wall systems have been rated to resist extreme weather and wind conditions, including tornadoes that can go up to 250 miles hourly. Whether you wish to build a tornado shelter, a single safe room an entire ICF foundation, it is a wise choice for safeguarding against the recurring threat of flooding and wildfires in Central Texas.
  • Durability: Concrete is known for its strong resistance against degradation, which means your home will be able to withstand decay, rot and corrosion much better than homes constructed from wood.
  • Comfort: Because an ICF home has such impressive thermal insulation, you’ll experience reduced drafts and more stable temperatures.   
  • Soundproofing: An ICF home’s peak energy performance even extends to its acoustical properties by reducing outdoor noise. .
  • Cleaner air: It’s easy to not think about your indoor air quality until things go wrong, but air quality has a huge impact on our comfort and health. Since ICF homes are basically airtight, it’s much more difficult for pollen and other allergens and irritants to make their way indoors.   

If you’re looking for an Austin ICF home builder, Mangum Builders is here to help make the process as simple and stress free as possible. Contact us today, and let us make your vision of the ideal home a reality.

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