A concrete home is structurally designed to be ten to twenty times stronger than a stick framed home. An ICF can weather a tornado, earthquake or hurricane virtually un-scathed. Standard wood frame homes consist of thousands of independent components, fastened together by mechanical means, creating hinge points of weakness throughout the building. Cast-in-place concrete designs, like ICF, creates continuous and unbroken structural shells which are far stronger than any wood structure. What is that deadbolt doing for you? Chances are it simply provides you with a false sense of security.
A wood frame home can be breached in under 60 seconds with:
• A Chainsaw
• A Reciprocating Saw
• An Axe
• A Sledge Hammer
• and just about anything larger than a steak knife.
In some high-security residential areas, statistics show that a burglar will enter a house through a wall – usually the wall between the garage and the home – to avoid setting off glass break alarm. Adding to the structural integrity of the concrete home is the very nature of its components. The basic components of an ICF home don’t rot or rust. You can expect your concrete home to remain structurally sound for 200 years or more.