ICFs in Extreme Weather

hurricane_hermineHurricane Hermine, the most recent hurricane to hit the United States, is a good reminder of how damaging storms can be for homeowners. With wind speeds of 80 mph, the hurricane can put many families in life-threatening situations and property at risk. While hurricanes cannot be prevented, homeowners can better resist the weather and prevent damage to their homes by building concrete homes with insulating concrete forms (ICFs).

ICFs are a building material used in the construction of the exterior walls of a house both below and above grade. Filled with concrete, the walls increase the strength of a house and withstand weather that threatens a family’s safety. Concrete homes built using ICFs are better able to take on the elements than wood-frame homes.

Here are two reasons:

Resist strong winds
ICFs will resist winds of up to 250 mph. That means they can stand up to hurricanes and tornadoes. In addition, ICFs will resist debris flying at 150 mph. Flying debris is the most dangerous aspect of tornado-force winds.

Keep moisture out
The heavy rain that accompanies hurricanes and tornadoes doesn’t affect the structural concrete core of an ICF wall. Since the material from which ICFs are made is hygroscopic and vapor permeable, relative humidity levels are kept low enough that it’s not possible to reach the level of relative humidity where mold can begin to grow.

Consider building your new home with ICFs and concrete. There is no safer way to build.