ReddiForm’s insulated concrete form (ICF) building technology has served commercial, industrial, agricultural, and residential builders since 1990.
ReddiForm outperforms traditional frame construction, and the ease of construction makes it the technical leader in the ICF construction market today. Specific benefits are outlined below.
ICFs were invented over 40 years ago. The basic design replaced wood or plywood with foam, and wire ties with metal or plastic clips. As the ICF building system continued to evolve, a team of engineers designed a new generation ICF – ReddiForm. The design was based on an analysis of the rebar grid within the wall which gives the wall its strength. The design is a ‘screen grid’ which has fundamental design elements such as found in post and beam timber framing, roof trusses, bridge beams, columns and beams used in high rise structures, and CMUs used for retail, school, and commercial buildings.
ReddiForm’s insulated concrete form design does not use plastic or metal ties, instead the EPS connection prevents the two sides of the wall from moving independently; avoiding bulges and blowouts along the wall and corners. ReddiForm’s ICF design also reduces the amount of bracing needed, and usually eliminates corner bracing.
ReddiForm’s foam concrete forms use EPS ties which are integral to the wall, and engineered to work as an arch works. A grid of concrete is created around the rebar, allowing the rebar to transfer strength throughout the wall with optimum efficiency. The interlocked column and beam design allows the structure the ability to flex under severe seismic loads, and maintain its integrity without structural damage. The EPS ties absorb some of the daily and seasonal expansion and contraction, enough to help eliminate the concrete cracking associated with solid concrete.
ReddiForm engineering has created an ICF building system that can be poured in single lifts to 10′ or 12′ high. Blowouts are not a concern, walls are straight, plumb, and flat when stacked, and stay that way during the pour. The pour is done with minimal bracing which is required primarily for wind and safety concerns.
ReddiForm provides engineered and International Residential Code approval. The strength paired with reduced concrete cost is a measureable benefit. A typical 40′ x 50′ basement will use about $50 extra rebar, and reduce concrete costs about $1,500, a significant savings of $1,450. Labor on a ReddiForm concrete walls and foundations is estimated at about half of other concrete wall and foundation installations.
ReddiForm’s competitive advantage is that our insulating concrete forms build strong, straight, and flat concrete walls requiring less labor, reduced concrete, and reduced bracing. ReddiForm is a tough block to beat, with the lowest installed cost of any ICF on the market today.