What Are ICF?
Insulated Concrete Forms - Asheville NC
The simplest answer is that it is a styrofoam form that is placed together on the job site with steel reinforcement to pour concrete into. The long answer:
The ICF form for nearly all manufacturers consists of two 2.5" styrofoam panels that are held together by connectors, or webbing, that hold the EPS foam panels together and provide a cradle for the structural rebar. These forms are stacked together, kinda like legos, once complete, concrete is then poured into the cavity. Once the concrete has cured the bracing that aligns and supports the wall during the concrete pour is removed, but the styrofoam form stays in place to provide insulation for a lifetime.
"Insulated concrete forms are quite simply the best exterior wall system on the market today!"
At Blue Ridge ICF we are a distributor and installer for the BuildBlock ICF forms in the Asheville NC area.
Intro to the BuildBlock ICF Form
Advantages of an ICF Structure
Anatomy of an ICF Form
EPS Foam PanelThe 2.5" Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam panel is the central element oft the ICF form. It holds the concrete in place during the pour and provides the insulating capabilities for the life of the structure.
ICF Web ConnectorThe High-Density Plastic Webs are spaced every 6" have three jobs, they hold the foam panels together, provide attachment points for finishing materials and hold the structural rebar in place. The 6" spacing provides for the superior strength of the BuildBlock form and has industry-leading pullout strength of 495lbs.
ICF Structural RebarThe structural rebar provides a lot of the strength for an ICF home. Concrete has great compressive strength, but when the forces applied are not the compressive it is the job of the rebar to help the concrete stay together.
Repeating Teeth PatternOne of the other features that sets the BuildBlock form apart from the competition is the 1" repeating interlocking teeth pattern on the top and bottom of the form. This allows for less waste and a reversible ICF form.
A Better Approach
Benefits of ICF Construction
Built to Last
Controlling Air Quality
Less Energy, Less Waste
ICF Contractor Asheville NC
Blue Ridge ICF
At Blue Ridge ICF we understand that there is a dizzying array of building materials in today's markets, but none of them can compare to Insulated Concrete Forms.
We also understand that most consumers are not as knowledgable about building with ICFs in the Asheville area and we want to be your source of information on the best building material in the market. Please reach out to us with any of your questions and we will get back to you to continue the conversation.