What toy did you enjoy playing with the most when you were little? Was it playing with Lego’s and Lincoln Logs? You could create any building you wanted by snapping some tiny plastic bricks together, or could make forts for army men by overlapping brown logs on top of one another. These toys went together simply and they held together solidly, even when someone tried to destroy them. For a growing number of contractors the joy of connecting lightweight blocks together is no longer a childhood memory. Contractors are beginning to discover that they can create strong homes, commercial buildings, medical facilities and schools by stacking foam blocks on top of one another and then by filling the hollow center of the blocks with cement that is steel reinforced.
This simplistic ideal of childhood building is now an option in building today. By using insulated concrete forms (ICF’s) a contractor can literally snap a building together. The foam blocks are stacked to the desired height of a building’s wall and then cement is poured between the outside and inside foam. The use of ICF insulated concrete instantly gives a contractor a rock solid wall that is sealed to an outer and inner set of foam insulation.
Obliviously, the great thing about a building built using ICF’s is the walls assemble easily and are very strong once built, but ICF’s also make putting together the inner part of the building easy as well. A contractor who uses ICF products will soon discover that this building method is easier and faster than traditional methods.
What contractor would not love the joy of building massive Lego style buildings for kids? Contractors who use insulated concrete forms have that opportunity. They can create ICF schools. Think of the awesome feeling a contractor must have as his construction firm snaps together the building (most likely with future students watching) that will house the next generation. Because buildings that are built using ICF’s make less waste and are super efficient when they are built, the bonus is the contractor knows he is building a school that is friendly to the environment.