What is a ICF and why would I want
to use them for my new building project?
What makes STANDARD ICFs different
from other ICF systems, and what are the advantages that would
make me choose STANDARD ICFs for my next building project?
STANDARD ICFs have an innovative
patented Modified Flat Wall™ design and a unique combination of special
features and benefits that offer an easy-to-use, higher
quality forming system with exceptional strength and durability
at a lower cost. You get a lot of bang for your buck - -
all the things you would want in an ICF. And they work great!
Once you have tried them we believe you would look forward
to using them again, and again, and again.
See Features & Benefits
how, and from whom can I purchase STANDARD ICFs?
You can purchase STANDARD ICFs
directly from Standard ICF Corporation through a Standard
ICF Representative (Sales).
If there is a Standard ICF Material
Supplier or Contractor
located near you, we will refer you to them or you can contact
you know of a Contractor or Material Supplier in your area
that you would like to do business with, ask them to contact
a Standard ICF Manufacturers
you are interested in being a Standard ICF Contractor or
Material Supplier contact a Standard
ICF Manufacturers Representative.
Home & Commercial Building Owners
I do-it-myself or should I hire a contractor?
Building construction requires a certain
amount of skill, confidence, tools, experience, and know
how (construction savvy), along with assuming the responsibility
for working safely and accomplishing a job well done. A
good job is completed on time, on budget, and works through
the problems and the challenges that occur on any building
project. Building with Standard ICFs is not a difficult
process,but it is more than just building with Lego
Blocks and then calling the concrete truck.
Working Safely is the first order of
business. Then it is plumb, straight, square, level, and
how to keep it that way with an adequate bracing system.
Knowing about layout, design, and a multitude of excepted
standard building practices including properly installation
of the forms, reinforcing steel, an adequate scaffolding
and bracing member system,and window and door bucks etc.,
is just half of the work.
The other half is working with ready-mixed
concrete and concrete pumping equipment. Knowing about working
with different types of aggregate and mix designs, adding
water verses additives, cement ratios, and maintaining slump
during adverse and changing weather conditions, and coordinating
the efforts of the concrete supplier and the concrete pumping
service are all essential elements in the project.
Making sure everything happens as close
to the way it is supposed to along with avoiding disasters
before they happen is important. Finally, another key element
to a successful project is keeping all the workers and subcontractors
happy and under budget.
You will ultimately have to decide if
you should hire a contractor or not. We can give you some
advice to help you with your decision, but it is not our
decision to make. We will work with any interested general
construction, framing, masonry, or concrete contractor.
We will also work with a do-it-yourselfer who is interested
in working with and using insulating concrete forms and
who will assume the responsibilities for accomplishing a
job well done. It is not rocket science, but it is not 'a-walk-in-the-park'
Ask a Standard ICF Representative
about on-site installation instruction and technical assistance
and consulting services.
How do I find a contractor?
See our list of Standard
ICF Contractors. We will work with you and any contractor
in your area that you select who is interested in working
on your building project and using STANDARD ICFs. Try
the local yellow pages or ask a friend for a recommendation.
Additionally, contractors who have experience working with
other ICF systems would be a good possibility.
Ask a Standard ICF Representative.
Does Standard ICF Corporation have on-site
installation instruction, technical assistance, and consulting
Yes! We offer on-site installation
assistance, on-site training, and consulting services at $300
per day plus expenses (travel, transportation, lodging, and
meals). The need and duration for such service depends solely
on the needs of the customer and can be a very good investment.
Ask a Standard ICF Representative.
How much does it cost to build with
Contractors and Material Suppliers
Building with STANDARD ICFs
is very competitive with other wall construction systems,
including wood construction, especially when heating or
cooling is a factor to consider. There are many variables
to consider including the building design, location, site
conditions, experience of the contractor, the weather, and
the many value-added benefits of building with ICFs in general.
All things considered, including high quality, user-friendliness,
and low cost, building with STANDARD ICFs are very
competitive and a very good investment. All information
over the phone is free. "Ask
See Job Costing.
Ask a Standard
What are the responsibilities
of being a STANDARD ICF Installation Contractor?
What are the responsibilities of
a STANDARD ICF Material Supplier?
Being a building contractor is about
choices and execution and taking responsibility for both.
Working with STANDARD ICFs is no different than contracting
to do other types of construction work. Sure, you must know
the tricks-of-the-trade to ensure a job well done, we will
help you with that, but we can not hold your hand.
Construction skills and know-how are
learned by seeking out the right information and training,
from experience gained from working with experts, by asking
questions, and when it is needed, asking for help.
Your commitment to your customer is your
responsibility, it is the choice you make when you except
his confidence, and take his money. We would expect installation
contractors to act in the best interest of their customers
and in representing the products manufactured by Standard
ICF Corporation. Most importantly we would expect a contractor
to conduct his business in a manner that will reflect positively
on his reputation as a craftsman, and as an entrepreneur.
Ask a STANDARD
ICF Representative for installation instruction
See Trailer Kit.
We expect that a material supplier to
have a store front and/or a place to stock material. Having
STANDARD ICFs on hand for those customers wanting
to use ICFs in their building projects is important. As
the old adage says, "you can't sell something that
you don't have".
Having a safe, efficient and reliable
way to deliver forms to job sites is important. To make
your job easier, we have designed a trailer kit especially
for that purpose. TRAILER KIT
We would also expect material suppliers
to act in the best interest of their customers and in representing
products manufactured by Standard ICF Corporation. Taking
the initiative of becoming knowledgeable about the features,
benefits, and advantages of using STANDARD ICFs and
about the recommended installation process (the-tricks-of-the-trade).
And to provide their customers with the necessary information
and materials required and expected by their customers.
Ask a Standard
Would I have a protected relationship
with Standard ICF Corporation?
Yes, (a protected and valued business
relationship), but not a protected territory. Free trade
laws in the United States of America forbid the restriction
of trade by geographic area. However, nothing works better
than a good old fashioned honest, and hard working business
relationship, built over time on a foundation of respect,
trust, and the spirit of friendship. We will honor our contracts
and help our customers.
If you are working hard to sell our product,
taking responsibility to insure professional installations
in the field, and meeting your business obligations to Standard
ICF Corporation, we will do everything we can to work with
you. We will provide you with the quality products, accurate
information, and the assistance you need and expect. We
will support your business efforts in promoting the sale
and the correct use of STANDARD ICFs
and the other products we distribute to the construction
industry. Because, if you are doing good work, making money,
and having fun we are all successful.
There are no quota or time requirements,
but ongoing regular sales, and high quality professional
installations are the important components required to growing
a mutually successful business relationship.
What is the distribution method?
We have direct Distribution of all Standard
ICF products. This simplifies the process and keeps
costs low. We will continue to make every effort to keep
our dealings upfront, simple, and the costs to you as
low as possible.
It is important to understand that we
will not undercut our customers on price. Everyone gets
treated the same. Multiple Truck loads to all other customers will be
per form, Single Truckloads will be 16.95 per form and
all other less-than-truckload purchases will be $18.95/form.
How do I estimate quantities and and
installation costs of STANDARD ICFs?
See Job Costing
Ask a Standard ICF Representative.
What are the retail prices and the value
added markup for reselling STANDARD ICFs?
All TL & LTL Direct Sales should
be resold at the retail prices stated on the price
sheet. All sales from your inventory (usually small
quantity orders supplied to your customers) should be sold
at a value-added price, which would include your warehouse,
delivery, special handling, and other markup considerations.
Ask a Standard
What installation information, technical
assistance, and training does Standard ICF Corporation provide
We provide printed installation
instructions and a graphic installation
guide. The installation instructions and installation guide are available
on our website as a webpage
or PDF document.
We offer on-site installation instruction
assistance and consulting at $300 per day plus expenses
(travel, transportation, lodging, and meals).
We provide free technical assistance
by phone, fax, and e-mail.
We provide a Structural Procedures Manual
(a technical manual for architects and engineers) with all
TL & LTL direct sales, on request only. Additional copies
are also available at 10% above cost, and are available
free of charge to registered architects and engineers. It
will also be made available by viewing our web site and
by down loading. (The Structural Procedures Manual is available by calling a manufacturer respresentative.)
We offer color promotional and technical
flyers (customized with your company information or a generic
version that will accommodate for your company's stamp)
at 10% above our cost. We also offer color job-site signs
(customized or generic) at 10% above our cost.
Ask a Standard
Architects and Engineers
Is there a Structural Procedures
What about dealing with building
codes and building officials?
ICF construction is becoming more readily
accepted in the building construction industry and problems
with codes and building officials are infrequent. When necessary
we will help our customers to work through the problems
of dealing with building codes and with local building officials.
Is there a Technical Data Sheet
Yes. Download the PDF.
What about fire resistance, flame spread,
and fire wall and sound ratings?
We are currently having third party technical
product testing evaluations completed by on all aspects of the Insulating Concrete
Forms being manufactured by Standard ICF Corporation.
Is there adequate field and technical
We have an experienced staff of seasoned
Manufacturers Representatives and Field Technicians who
have worked in the ICF industry since 1989. We are not a
new company. Our staff has
a proud history and proven track record of successes and
innovations in the ICF industry.