ICFs are basically forms for poured
concrete walls, that stay in place as a permanent part of
the wall assembly. The forms, made of foam insulation or other
insulating material, are either pre-formed interlocking blocks
or separate panels connected with plastic ties. The left-in-place
forms not only provide a continuous insulation and sound barrier,
but also a backing for drywall on the inside, and stucco,
lap siding, or brick on the outside.
Within these two basic ICF types, individual systems can vary
in their design. "Flat" systems yield a continuous
thickness of concrete, like a conventionally poured wall.
The wall produced by "grid" systems has a waffle
pattern where the concrete is thicker at some points than
others. "Post and beam" systems have just that –
discrete horizontal and vertical columns of concrete that
are completely encapsulated in foam insulation. Whatever their
differences, all major ICF systems are engineer-designed,
code-accepted, and field-proven
Why did we choose Arxx Walls?
We chose Arxx Walls & Foundations because they have been the leader of the Insulating Concrete Form industry since 1993 and is also the leading provider of green building envelope solutions,
The Arxxx wall system is highly energy efficient. Unlike wood construction, there are no cavities or gaps where molds can proliferate, which enhances indoor air quality and reduces sound. Arxx meets major building code specifications and is the only ICF with a UL/ULC 2 - 4 hour fire rating. These qualities add up to a safer, stronger, more energy-smart structure.
With two layers of expanded polystyrene sandwiching reinforced concrete an Arxx wall keeps the outside noise where it belongs outside.
We are confident that you will love your home built with ICF's Once you live in an Arxx home you too will share our passion!
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