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What are the benefits of using ICF’s for my basement?

By Lyndon Lee

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

Using ICF’s offer many advantages over regular poured concrete or masonry block basement walls. Having thick insulation with built in furring strips that are already attached to a solid concrete core on each side of the wall has many benefits. The thick EPS Insulation and Plastic furring strips are non-organic and are mold proof. The EPS foam has an R-Value of 22 to 30 depending on the form being used and will not let moisture thru the wall and not create a dew point in side the wall like regular un-insulated concrete walls do. Wood walls to finish out regular concrete or block are organic and are a great food source to grow mold against a damp, cold un-insulated wall. Another added benefit of the EPS foam on each side of the wall is the added strength the concrete achieves with the controlled curing of the concrete inside the foam insulation. With the EPS foam letting the concrete moist cure the PCA or Portland Cement Association has tables that show gains of 30% at 28 days curing time and a whopping 50% Compression strength gains at 180 days curing over regular poured concrete when the forms are stripped the day after pouring. ICF walls can be poured in very hot weather or very cold weather and not jeopardize the strength of the concrete by not allowing the concrete to dry out quickly or freeze. With energy costs on the rise it makes sense to build a foundation that is dry and very energy efficient along with being healthier for you and your family.

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