Using insulated concrete forms in the construction of your residential development comes with numerous benefits. One that doesn’t receive as much press as the rest (as there are many) is its role in pest control. Nothing strikes fear in the minds and hearts of owners/developers of traditionally-built homes like the word “termites”. With Alberta being named as one of the few regions in Canada to host this creature the concern remains on developer and property owner peripheries. Other wood boring pests have popped up in the province this season, and may work their way into your development. Then there are the rats, mice, moths, and a multitude of other pests that are looking at your foundation as a meal or nesting place.
Today, Total ICF takes a look at the key reasons why insulated concrete form construction can be your residential development’s savior from all pests that can impact the longterm health of your property.
4 Reasons Why Insulated Concrete Forms Make Great Barriers to Residential Pests
1. Concrete Barrier
The first reason that ICF serves as the biggest defense against pests is a concrete one. Simply put, by using insulated concrete forms you offer your residential build exponentially greater protection from critters, creatures, and insects than that provided by traditionally built homes. Concrete forms form an impenetrable barrier, from basement to roof, that keeps pests at bay.
2. Waterproof Membrane
Total ICF uses NUDURA products. NUDURA offers waterproof membranes as part of their system to exceed mandated requirements of a termite (and other wood boring insect) barrier. By installing a waterproof membrane you immediately add an extra layer of pest control.
3. Additional Treatment Options
While insulated concrete forms are not organic in nature, and thus do not provide a food source for termites and other insects and critters, these pests can still be drawn to your property. Infestation can result and lead to burrowing which provides bugs the opportunity to continually look for a food source, which may lead them to the wood trim of your build (window sills, wood connections, decks, etc.). Even though this is a less-likely scenario, given the effectiveness of insulated concrete forms, you may wish to play it safe. The use of ICF also offers residential builders the option to treat the expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam with a wood boring insect specific pesticide. The EPS foam used in insulated concrete forms can be impregnated with the Preventol, a low toxicity termiticide that prevents the foam from being chewed up.
4. Keeps Foundations Free of Pest Attracting Conditions
Alberta’s autumn/winter snow and freezing temperatures can threaten the foundation of your residential development. The province’s spring season snowmelt creates significant moisture at the base of your property and equates an environment conducive to mold, mildew, and rot. These conditions attract pests. By using insulated concrete forms, you instantly avoid all concern regarding wood-based mold, mildew, and rot. Beyond snowmelt (and rains) the summer season also presents a threat in regards to furry pests such as rodents and woodchucks who seek solace from Central Alberta summer heat. An ICF barrier also keeps them from burrowing into your foundation. For all climate and ecological conditions insulated concrete forms are a superior form of pest control for residential developments.
Want to learn more about what ICF can do for your residential property? Contact Total ICF at 403.887.2214 anytime. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.