It’s the question that lives in the back of the mind of every builder or contractor: how do I make jobs go faster while controlling costs and making the most of the labor I have available? As a business owner or manager, these are valid concerns, and solving them can improve your operation. One area you can start improving is the process of laying foundations. Take a look at how using an insulated foundation system saves time, reduces labor, and saves money for yourself and your clients in South Dakota.
Let’s start with a bit of background on insulated concrete foundations and why they are such a good choice for builders who want to be more efficient. This type of foundation incorporates insulation during the construction, reducing the number of steps you have to take to get the foundation done. The basic process involves stacking blocks made of rigid foam insulation. The forms lock together and create the foundation. This method eliminates the need for bracing and excess materials, reducing costs.
The next step of making an insulated foundation is running rebar through the footer of the foundation for added strength. This is also the time when you get to do any backfilling that may be needed for the job. With everything in place, you then pour your concrete into the space and allow it to cure as normal.
When the concrete is set, you have a perfect foundation, insulated from the cold, that is ready to build on. You don’t need workers to come back and remove the stakes or plywood and you don’t have to add extra insulation. The EPS (Expanded Poly Styrene) forms are now a part of the foundation and increase the R-value of the future building.
This setup offers a lot of benefits for builders. There is less work upfront since your team will have fewer things to set up and break down. It’s also faster for the same reason. In the end, you will have fewer processes to manage and be able to get the foundation laid with a smaller staff. Other team members can focus on different tasks, speeding up the overall process of the build.
Insulated foundations aren’t just good for the construction crew; it also benefits clients and future homeowners. When you’re explaining why this is a good method to use for a home, there are several important selling points:
It’s easy to see how insulated foundations can save everyone time, money and energy both at the beginning of the construction and for years after the building is finished. It’s a worthwhile investment for anyone looking for to streamline processes and increase the value of a project.
Once you’ve decided to move forward with an insulated concrete foundation, make sure to construct the right kind. Many contractors use traditional forming and insulation methods leaving room for forming or insulation failure. Mono Slab® EZ Form is different because it allows you to form, insulate, and backfill before you pour to prevent forming and insulation failures. In many cold climates and in places with certain soil conditions, Mono Slab® makes for a better experience.
You can also get better thermal performance with solid insulated concrete forms such as Mono Slab® EZ Form when compared to hollow insulated concrete forms. The space inside the hollow insulated concrete forms can allow heat to transfer in and out more easily. To get the same thermal protection from hollow insulated concrete forms, you would have to go through the process of filling them in, which takes more time and money.
If you’re looking for a way to improve efficiency on job sites and big projects, consider changing the way you approach concrete foundations. By using Mono Slab® EZ Forms, you can get an insulated foundation built quickly with less labor and it will benefit your client for years to come. To get started, reach out to see how Mono Slab® can help you.