Frequently Asked Questions About ICF
How can I find a contractor that builds with Logix?
Building with ICF is easy. If your contractor is not familair with ICF we can walk them through the process. They can either install the product themselves or if they prefer to have the ICF installation completed by an experienced crew, they can give us a call and we will get them in contact with certified Installers in your area.
Is building with Logix ICF easy to learn for a builder or homeowner?
Yes. Logix offers installation training – please contact for next available course. Along with training course we are able to help with accurate material take offs so you have everything needed for a successful installation. Equipment rentals such as bracing, rebar benders, vibrators etc. are also offered.
How do I know which size form to use, and how many will it take?
It depends on your project. The simplest is to email or bring in your blueprint. From there we will go over the plan and provide you with an accurate list of all the materials required. Along with the the Logix block we can also provide all the accessories required such as clips, rebar, window buck and topplate material, bracing rental, etc. Everything required can be shipped in one convenient delivery.
How are doors and windows installed?
A wooden or foam buck is built and incorporated into the Logix wall as it is being installed prior to pouring the concrete. Once the concrete cures, doors and windows are installed as usual.
Will people be able to tell that my home is built out of concrete, just by looking at it?
No one will be able to tell the difference without looking closer. The inside may have deeper window wells, but you can have your walls finished any way you like, just like any other building, with plastic ties every 8" to fasten to. The real differences you’ll notice are the sound and air quality, energy efficiency and cost-savings!
The Exterior can have any kind of finish, from stone to stucco to siding etc.
Do you waterproof Logix walls?
Yes, waterproofing is required below grade just as it is with any form of below-grade construction. Depending on the site conditions we recommend water-proofing or damp-proofing with peel & stick membranes and/or drainage boards.
How are utilities and drywall installed?
The utilities are installed directly into the foam. Channels or grooves are cut into the forms with routers or electric chainsaws, and plumbing and electrical lines are then inserted into those grooves. The drywall is screwed /glued directly on to the forms.
Do the walls need to be vibrated?
Yes. Concrete walls require proper placement and consolidation techniques, including using a mechanical vibrator.
Can Logix insulated concrete forms (ICFs) be used above grade?
Absolutely. The many features and benefits that ICF construction provides below grade make it a perfect choice for above-grade construction. In fact, to receive the full benefit from this type of quality construction and maximize the energy efficiency of the structure, Logix forms should be used for all exterior walls.
What is Logix made from?
The panels are made from safe, non-toxic, fire-retardant EPS (expanded polystyrene) and the ties are made from polypropylene. Logix panels contain no CFCs, HCFCs, polyisocyanurates, or other toxic chemicals. They do not "off-gas" under normal use nor break down over time.
What are the size are LOGIX forms?
Logix is extremely versatile and has the product line to accommodate any situation efficiently. Forms are available in 4", 6", 10” 12” cavity widths. The standard forms are 48" long and 16" high, with speciality forms to make wall heights work in 4” increments. We are able to provide an accurate list of materials required based off of drawings provided.