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Are ICFs Safer Than Wood?

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ARE ICFS SAFER THAN WOOD?

Yes, ICF walls are significantly safer that wood-frame walls.

ICF walls can be engineered to be wind-rated to over 300 mph.  A traditionally built 2×4 or 2×6 framed offers little resistance to debris impact and hurricane wind loads – traditionally built framed walls require considerable improvements to match the strength and resistance of ICFs.

An ICF wall with a 6.25” concrete core has a 4 hour fire rating. A traditionally built 2×4 or 2×6 wood frame wall has a 45 minute fire rating..

Plus, ICF walls are inorganic in nature and do not support mold growth or rot, wood-frame walls will.

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