Pounds Homes is a believer in the use of Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) construction to provide every home the best in structural integrity to withstand the weather events we have in Northwest Florida as well as to give the homeowner a product that is most cost effective. The performance criteria of ICF construction cannot be compared to tradition frame or block construction. The criteria is significantly greater. ICF may cost a little more during the construction phase of a home when compared to more traditional methods of construction, but you will experience a return on investment (ROI) in 3 to 5 years and enjoy the benefits for many more years to come. Depending on your view, you could say that ICF costs significantly less than more traditional framing construction. ICF ROI is so good due to superior performance related to energy conservation, health benefits, structural integrity, and low maintenance costs.
Energy Conservation Benefits of ICF
ICF has high performance R-values. There is no air infiltration and ICF does not degrade over time. The homeowner benefits by paying lower heating and cooling costs.
Health Benefits of Living in an ICF Home
Dust and allergens do not infiltrate an ICF home. The walls have no cavities for mold, mildew, bugs or rodents to inhabit. ICF is made of non-toxic materials.
Structural Integrity – A Real Positive on the Emerald Coast
ICF has high wind and impact resistance and is resistant to termites. The material will not rot or decay.
Low Maintenance Costs over Time
Handles inclement weather events and the material is fire rated. Both attributes may result in lower insurance costs and less maintenance over time.
Any set of house plans can be used to build an ICF home and an ICF wall can be finished with any exterior finish. The walls are slightly thicker but otherwise, you will not notice any other aesthetic differences between ICF and frame or block constructed homes. Pounds Homes and Remodeling believes in building only the finest quality homes that use building techniques that make sense and keep your costs as low as possible.