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Cold Weather Construction – Beat the Cold with ThermoForm ICF by TF Forming Systems

By richm@tfsystem.com on 12/8/2015
Cold Weather Pouring with ICFCold weather, ice and snow can certainly hinder a construction project and in extreme cases even stop the project all-together. TF Forming Systems’ ThermoForm can offer many advantages over conventional building methods. These advantages will keep your projects moving forward and can save time, money, and headaches in some of the most extreme weather conditions that Mother Nature can throw at us. 

Insulated Concrete Forms protect the concrete from freezing – A conventional poured wall utilizes wood or steel forms that are set up per the project foundation or above grade design. The concrete is then poured into those forms to create the structural wall for the home or commercial structure to be built on. Concrete creates heat while curing as part of the chemical reaction taking place. Those wood or steel forms are typically removed the day after the pour which releases that heat. In cold weather those walls need to be fully covered to prevent the concrete from freezing. This is done with concrete blankets draped over the wall and sometimes the walls then need to be heated underneath the blankets to keep the walls warm until they are cured enough to withstand the cold. This process is labor intensive and costly to the owner. ThermoForm, TF Forming Systems’ Insulated Concrete Form, solves this labor intensive issue by providing an insulated panel that “is” the form for the concrete and stays in place as the structures insulation. The insulation panels keep the heat inside the concrete wall after the concrete is poured. There is no need to cover the wall except at the very top of the wall to keep the heat from escaping. The top of the wall is covered with a plastic or fiberglass insulation depending on the outside temperature. This eliminates the need for heaters and concrete blankets as well as the labor needed to install and remove these items.

CMU or concrete block buildings often require “tenting” or covering the entire wall area with and running constant heaters while the walls are being set up. This keeps the mortar from freezing while the blocks are stacked into place. ThermoForm eliminates the need for this tenting saving money and speeding up the construction process dramatically. ThermoForm can save owners thousands of dollars while providing one of the best wall systems available for above and below grade walls in residential or commercial buildings for both strength and energy efficiency. 

Other advantages – ThermoForm Insulated Concrete Forms allow the ability to slide up panels anytime during the forming process which is not achievable with a conventional forming method. This ability to slide the panel up comes in handy if snow were to get into the wall cavity thus needing to be removed. Panels can be slid up and the use of a leaf blower can often be used to remove the snow prior to a cold weather pour. In a traditional wall hot water would need to be pumped into the wall to melt the snow which could create an ice layer in spots at the bottom of the wall and could adversely affect the integrity of the structure. 

ThermoForm Insulated Concrete Forms offer Optimal Cold Weather Curing Conditions – Insulated Concrete Forms allow the hydration process to happen within the concrete for normal curing or strengthening of the concrete. The insulated forms keep the water in the concrete longer and help keep water from freezing. This allows the concrete to reach or exceed its intended strength. Traditional forming methods allow the water to escape once the forms are removed. There is also a greater opportunity for the water to freeze which greatly reduces the concrete strength. The longer the hydration and curing process can take place the better the concrete will be.

With ThermoForm Insulated Concrete Forms the construction process is able to move forward and save the owner money and create an even stronger building. Consider these advantages of ThermoForm Insulated Concrete Froorms during cold weather and throughout the remainder of the year.  The cold does not need to stop the construction process from starting or stopping.  

For more information on cold weather concrete pouring and insulated concrete form construction, please call your TF Forming Systems representative or call 1.800.360.4634 for our International Headquarters located in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

 

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