ICFs are gaining popularity as the material of choice for basements and above grade walls. But did you know that insulated concrete forms are also the ideal solution for building swimming pool walls?
Logix ICFs provide both the pool builder and user with several key benefits, including energy efficiency, design versatility, and ease of installation.
In the post below, we will examine these most crucial advantages of ICF swimming pools in greater detail.
1. Reduce Reliance on Skilled Labor
You don’t need specialized, skilled laborers to build swimming pools with ICFs. ICF construction is a relatively straightforward building technique, and a local crew experienced with ICFs should be up to the task of constructing an ICF pool with speed and quality. That’s because ICFs are essentially stay-in-place forms, which are incredibly easy to erect and modify to suit the design at hand.
This ability to build pools without skilled labor means that you can execute your projects cheaper and faster, especially given the current, persisting skilled worker shortage.
What’s more, there’s no need to risk your project schedule by placing your trust in unpredictable supply chains and ordering rare, exotic building materials. ICF products, such as Logix ICF, are readily available throughout the US and Canada.
2. Reduce Water Heating Costs By Up To 60% Or More
Logix ICFs provide a double layer of insulation to prevent heat from escaping through the walls of the swimming pool. For example, Logix ICFs’ double layer of continuous, 5.5-inch EPS insulation is able to reduce a swimming pool’s heat loss by 60% or more when installed together with an insulated slab. The 60% reduction in heat loss translates to substantial energy savings for the pool user.
In contrast, pools that are not adequately insulated at the walls and slab typically experience a heat loss of up to 80%. That’s because the walls and bottom of conventionally constructed pools lack the insulation to serve as a thermal break, and the heat easily escapes into the cold, surrounding concrete and soil.
3. Simplify Excavations
Surgical precision is not a necessity when excavating for ICF swimming pools. ICFs allow a relatively forgiving margin of error during excavations, and digging a hole that’s a bit larger than intended is not the end of the world — you can always backfill against the ICF wall. In contrast, many conventionally built swimming pools require highly accurate excavations and have little tolerance for errors.
4. Add Flexibility to Pool Design
Choosing a product such as Logix ICF to build a swimming pool affords countless design possibilities.
Logix ICFs come in heights of 16 and 12 inches, so you can design wall heights in 4-inch increments without cutting a block. However, your height options are essentially limitless if you’re willing to rip the blocks in the field to achieve your desired precise vertical dimension.
Thanks to the Logix 45° and 90° corner blocks, you can design your swimming pool with various wall configurations on the horizontal plane, too. You can even design the pool with radius walls, as long as you’re willing to field-cut the blocks.
Wrapping It Up: 4 Benefits of Building ICF Swimming Pools
ICF pools may sound like a luxury, but actually Logix ICFs are an optimal material for swimming pool construction.
Logix ICFs afford high energy performance and allow the pool’s users to save money on water heating costs. ICFs are also easy to build with, so you don’t need to invest in specialized trades or spend time and effort on precise excavation.
As well, ICFs allow for a wide assortment of design possibilities, including even radius walls.
Best of all, ICFs are not an exotic material that you need to order in advance from abroad — products like Logix ICF are widely available in the US and Canada.
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Content provided by: Andy Lennox, President at Logix Brands Inc