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By on 6/27/2016
Building a Safe Home with Insulated Concrete Forms by TF Forming SystemsWhat is a safe room and why would I want or need one?

According to Wikipedia, a safe room or panic room is a fortified room that is installed in a private residence or business to provide a safe shelter, or hiding place, for the inhabitants in the event of a break in, home invasion, tornado, terror attack, or other threat. Safe rooms usually contain communications equipment, so that law enforcement authorities can be contacted.  Depending on where you live, a safe room is not only of extreme importance but a necessity to avoid a natural disaster.  At TF Forming Systems, we have been helping customers not only build safe rooms but also build safe homes and safe commercial buildings.

How can a TF Forming Systems building be considered a safe room or safe building?

At TF Forming Systems we manufacture insulated concrete forms.  When a commercial or residential structure is built with vertical insulated concrete forms, concrete is poured inside the insulated forms and are reinforced with rebar or Helix micro rebar. This process provides a wall with incredible structural strength while also creating an extremely energy efficient building. The insulation on both sides of the concrete allows the concrete to cure slowly, thus creating an even stronger reinforced concrete wall versus traditional poured concrete walls.  The concrete provides impact resistance from flying debris.  By using the vertical insulated concrete forms the design of the commercial or residential building can be any shape, any size, and built to varying wall thicknesses.  The insulated concrete form structures are built to withstand 250 mile per hour winds or higher with proper design creating a safe structure for families, communities, and neighbors.Building a safe room, safe house or fortified home with TF's ICF forms
Consider not only the potential lives saved by having more structurally sound buildings, but also the energy saved.  The insulation surrounding the concrete helps keep buildings cooler in the hot months and warmer in the cold months decreasing energy consumption.  By insulating the concrete, we allow the concrete core temperature to remain constant, preventing indoor temperatures from being affected by seasonal temperature fluctuations.  So now we’ve created a building that is safe, costs less to operate, has minimal maintenance and is aesthetically appealing.

Some states even have grant applications for building safe rooms especially when it comes to schools and government buildings as these structures are a large part of the communities we live and work in.  Grants like this are done on a state by state basis.  Check with your local utility company, FEMA agency, and/or State Emergency Management Agency to see if funds are available in your area for a safe room project.

Building a Safe Home with Insulated Concrete Forms by TF Forming SystemsBrowse our website for more information and photos of vertical insulated concrete forms’ homes and commercial buildings that are safe buildings and safe rooms for residents and for the community.

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