Fox Blocks ICF Review: Uncovering the Benefits of Insulated Concrete Forms
Jeff Guthrie, founder of Phoenix Roofing and Repair is a lead Building Product Advisor on Roofing and Siding materials.
There is a very high chance that you have seen a shear wall or fiber cement board, and you may not have even realized it. This type of siding material is reminiscent of wood grain and is older than you think. Known for being durable, you can count on this offering many benefits from its nice looks to being fire resistant. Since this is considered low maintenance, this may be the best choice.
So, what exactly are insulated concrete forms (ICF)? With the help of brands such as Fox Blocks, ICF has been transforming homes. This material is meant to be used to cover the exterior of houses and (sometimes) commercial buildings. With its robustness and cost-effectiveness, you can count on this to have long-lasting effects.
What Are the Benefits to Fox Block’s
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So, if you’re interested in upgrading your walls, or are looking for a better layer for insulation, let’s dive right into some of the benefits.
1. Strong Walls
One of the primary advantages of adding insulated concrete would be the fact that this has the advantage of strengthening the walls of the building. How so? Well, concrete hardens around ICFs, so this will reinforce the wall and lower its vulnerability. Overall, you can count on this bringing more durability to your walls.
2. Energy Efficient
The biggest benefit to ICFs would be that this will have great potential to reduce the heating and cooling costs of a building. From homes to commercial spaces, more people are looking into ways to lower their energy bills. In fact, one of the most impressive features would be that they can release heat in the summer but can store heat during the cold winter months. With Fox Blocks ICFs, you can expect to save about 20% of your total energy cost.
3. Sound Reduction
While not known for its sound reeducation, this is something that ICF offers thanks to its insulated concrete. When the massive material of concrete and the lightness of foam combine, this significantly helps the fluctuations in air temperature (such as cold spots), but this will also reduce sounds. In terms of sound reduction, you can count on ICFs to allow for only one-eighth of the amount of sound to be penetrated.
4. Saves on Material Costs
You will be able to save up to 25%, thanks to the ease of ICFs. These are delivered to the job site and come in straight-form blocks already assembled. This gives you a chance to set walls with 20% less concrete. This alone means that a few inches are cut down from the thickness, something that traditional builds have. Overall, you’re going to save on materials, which alone is eco-friendly, and you will be saving on expenses too.
5. Easier than CMU
One of the main differences between the ICF and the concrete masonry unit (CMU) construction would be that Fox Block is significantly quicker and simpler. There are reduced labor, less cost, and overall fewer construction risks involved too. Overall, you’re going to have less stress and an easier time by opting for ICFs rather than CMUs.
Why Go Fox Blocks ICF?
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Two factors that allow Fox Blocks and their line of ICF’s stand out above all else would be the fact that their products are very high quality and dedicated to sustainability. On top of this, Fox Blocks ICFs enhance building characteristics such as Indoor Environmental Quality, meaning there’s a strong focus on improving air quality and mold control.
But overall, Fox Blocks commitment to sustainability is what mostly separates them. They have a zero plastic landfill contribution, and thanks to their internal recycling process, this has dramatically lowered the ICF manufacturing carbon footprint. This means less plastic, minimal transportation cost, and everything is performed right on Fox Block’s site.
Fox Blocks ICF Cost
Unlike some of the competitors out on the market, when it comes to Fox Blocks insulated concrete forms, they’re known for being some of the most affordable on the market. Fox Blocks offers a project estimator right on their website, so you can get the right idea of how much your project is going to cost you.
Maintenance for ICF
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For the most part, you can expect ICF to be a fairly low maintenance material. Most manufacturers, including Fox Blocks, advertise this as low maintenance compared to wood boards. The siding absorbs less moisture thanks to the curing process, so you don’t have to expect this to crack or break.
While durable, this doesn’t mean you should neglect taking care of it. You’ll have to keep the siding clean, as this will prevent any issues from happening later on. Just by cleaning it thoroughly with something as mild as dish soap, you’re not only keeping up the appearance, but you’re fighting off the chance for mold to grow.
You’re also going to want to protect the ICF from any strong moisture too; while this is very moisture resistant, it can still be affected by condensation levels. Try to caulk annually and check for any gaps or cracks. A final thing to note is that roughly every fifteen years, the ICF will need to be repainted. It’s best to use high-quality exterior-grade acrylic paint and never try to stain an ICF.
Is Fox Blocks Worth It?
Since green building and green manufacturers are becoming more sought-after, if you want to create an eco-friendly and energy-efficient home (or commercial building), then look no further than the line at Fox Block, thanks to their dedication towards sustainability and providing high-quality ICFs you can count on offsetting your carbon footprint while also getting nothing but the best for your space!
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