Thursday, June 16, 2022 / by Scott Meadows
The Benefits of Building with ICF Concrete Forms in Florida
The housing market is hot, that’s true in many cities and towns across the State of Florida. Like much of the rest of the nation, demand remains high, but supply is low. There just aren’t enough homes currently on the market. That’s created a need for new construction homes as prospective buyers flood the market. Today’s homebuyer is looking for the strongest, most economical, and the safest way to build a new home to fit their needs.
The Benefits of Luxury Beach Bunkers and Sub-Tropical Environments
Florida buyers have their own set of unique needs, as the threat of hurricane force winds can’t be underestimated. While this is especially true in places and locations along the coastline, it’s also something those building new homes further inland are conscious. Superior building methods help new homeowners reduce the risk of suffering potentially catastrophic hurricane wind damage to their property, but there’s also the state’s unique climate to contend with.
Places like Northern Florida and central Florida offer a humid, subtropical climate, while South Florida is primarily tropical. While the winter season in Florida is generally mild, temperatures heat up during the summer months, sometimes only to be relieved by afternoon rain and evening storms. Florida has more thunderstorms in a year than most other States in the nation, while a concern, it's hurricanes that remain most threatening.
Vulnerability of Sub-Tropical Environments
The coastline of Florida is prone to storms, hurricanes, and high wind. That makes it more important to build new homes with high-quality construction methods. Florida’s weather conditions are sometimes challenging, and homeowners seek a sense of comfort and safety when it comes to new home construction. ICF or Insulated Concrete Form Costruction achieves and exceeds the demands of today’s current building codes throughout the State of Florida. Because of it’s superiority over other conventional methods of construction in Florida, this home has rightfully earned itself the nickname, The Beach Bunker or in this case, The Luxury Beach Bunker. What makes this home unique compared to others?
What is ICF? - Insulated Concrete Form Construction - Luxury Beach Bunker Homes
ICF - Insulated Concrete Forms. The forms consist of polystyrene foam and high density plastic web for reinforcement. The forms are placed in a larger scale lego block fashion to create and form exterior walls. The ICF Blocks interlock and surround reinforced rebar. Once assembly of the ICF blocks has been completed, concrete is poured within the center of the ICF blocks, creating a reinforced with rebar solid core concrete wall able to sustain winds and survive impacts up to and over 200 mph. This high level of impact resistance makes the method of construction superior to standard concrete hollow core block methods. Read more about this homeowner who built his home using ICF construction and survived hurricane Michael in 2018.
The benefits of building with ICF and how it’s beneficial to new home owners living on the waterfront
Not only can ICF construction help protect against potentially damaging hurricanes, but it is also used to protect against fires, mold. Luxury waterfront Beach Bunker homes in Florida using Insulated Concrete Forms, (ICF), building products. There are certainly plenty of benefits to building with ICF, especially new homeowners who choose to live in coastal areas of Florida. Waterfront ICF Beach Bunker homes in Florida are a great choice because they’re better able to stand up to hazardous weather conditions. Perhaps it's the general safety factor that comes along with owning an ICF Beach Bunker. Read more about this Cape Coral homeowner who was awakened by a bump in the night...
Waterfront ICF Beach Bunker Homes
Custom luxury floor plans are currently available and can be additionally customized. Building these types of homes in SW Florida and in other locations around the State. Homebuyers enjoy the benefits of ICF construction in Cape Coral, Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota, and Tampa Florida, there are other locations around the state that also benefit. Apart from Southwest Florida, places like Orlando in Central Florida also enjoy the advantages in terms of ICF construction methods. With a subtropical environment, ICF construction will reduce the cost of utility bills.
New Homes in Florida - Luxury Beach Bunkers
New homes in Florida with ICF Beach Bunker construction are quieter that standard building construction methods. It’s also easier to maintain a consistent temperature in an ICF home, even in a subtropical climate such as Florida. One study found 60-percent less energy loss in a home with ICF walls. That kind of energy efficiency can’t be underestimated. This ads up to big savings on cooling bills or heating bills, depending on which part of Florida you’re considering building.
Other studies show a high degree of soundproofing and even better air quality, which can be a bonus for those suffering from allergies or asthma. ICF constructed homes are mold and mildew resistant, because of construction integrity they also help keep pests, insects, and rodents out. As the years pass, concrete holds up well, meaning when you choose ICF, you also choose a low-maintenance building material.
More benefits of building with ICF Concrete Forms in Florida - Beach Bunkers
Overall costs of building a new home is challenging. Like much of the rest of the nation, Florida has seen the costs associated with building a new home rise dramatically. Because of that, ICF construction is even more attractive and cost effective. ICF Construction methods reduce the costs of labor, while it may cost a bit more to build an ICF home over a traditional wood-frame home or hollow core cinder block methods, there are other savings that offset these costs.
ICF Construction in Florida
If you’re searching for a superior building method to standard concrete block, ICF can provide that additional security in Southwest Florida, for current inventory and model locations contact Scott. Current building projects include, Cape Coral (Waterfront), Fort Myers, Bonita Springs. Upcoming projects include Marco Island, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Sarasota and other areas throughout Florida. Contact Scott for tour and design 239-220-1157