It has been proven that approximately 25%-30% of a home’s heat loss can be attributed to a poorly insulated basement or foundation. The goal should be to start with the basics and at a minimum insulate your basement foundation correctly to create usable and comfortable space. “Can Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) also benefit above grade construction?” Absolutely, but let’s start with a solid foundation first – at lower costs than traditional finished basements!
Historically, the basement has been relegated to storage, laundry room, and some other non-appealing space. Basements have a bad reputation for being cold, damp, and dark. This does not have to be the case as ICF technology can transform the basement into warm, dry, comfortable living space. Can you say theater room, exercise room, office, even playrooms for that matter? Transform your new home and your basement by insulating your basement and foundation walls.
Many building codes now require insulating the foundation and it is mainly based on Heating Degree Days (HDD) zones. If you live in a very warm climate, then you may not be required to insulate your foundation, but many jurisdictions require R-10 to R-20 and more in some cases. The conventional methods contractors use are to place rigid insulation on the outside of the foundation walls and/or add framing to the interior (rot-and-mildew prone) and insert batt insulation (often poorly installed and sagging). Why not combine all these seperate steps into one and start using ICF’s in the first place?
What about the cost to build the foundation out of Insulated Concrete Forms? While there are many variables, the total cost is often less for an ICF foundation compared to a fully finished conventional foundation! You also get a better basement:
- Higher Energy Savings due to uninterrupted insulation of R-22+
- Lower risks of rot, mold and mildew
- More comfortable space
- One contractor instead of 2 or 3
The Quad-Lock team can help you create your desired basement living space by building the foundation first out of Insulating Concrete Forms. Create that warm, dry, and desirable space you have always wanted. Whether you are building new or renovating your home, Quad-Lock is always here to help.