If you’re considering ICF construction for your commercial or residential project, you have a lot of advantages to look forward to. These include improved energy efficiency through superior insulation, reduced noise transfer, enhanced interior comfort, and aesthetic appeal.
Remember, though, that cashing in on all these requires getting the right kind of results out of the installation – and the company or professional that you choose for the project plays a very important role in that. Here are some of the most important questions that you should ask your candidates to verify that they are the best one for your requirements.
How long have you worked with ICFs?
In Australia, there are no strict construction regulations that ICF construction professionals need to adhere to. But that does not mean that just about anyone can work with the product. ICFs are comparatively new to the industry, which means that they merit professional help that has the expertise that is necessary for their successful installation. Always check the number of years that a company has had with ICFs to gauge their competence.
What is the range of your experience?
Just because a company or a professional may be experienced does not mean that they should be an automatic good fit for your project. There are two kinds of ICF products on the market, first and foremost, and it is always better to choose a company that has handled projects that involve the type that you intend to use. Additionally, projects come with specific operational conditions, so the wider the scope of the portfolio of a candidate, the more adept they are at managing the exact area and other considerations for your project.
How comprehensive is your product warranty?
Finally, you should be apprised of the specific support that you will be getting from your project. Some ICF/polystyrene wall cladding installers may have strict regulations about the specific issues that they can cover, while others will impose terms and limitations that can detract from the completeness of the solutions that you will receive. Similarly, if your ICF is insured for a set number of years, you may want to check if there are situations that may nullify the warranty, or if there are measures and recommendations from the manufacturer that you will have to follow. To avoid unpleasant surprises, make sure that any question or concern that you may have about the warranty is resolved before you sign your contract with the company.