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Concrete Walls, Your Weather-Resistant Siding

Usually in commercial construction, but possible in
residential as well, concrete walls are built and then remain as siding. You can almost think of
it as a finished foundation wall. The walls are formed and poured in place.
After the concrete has set, the forms are removed and a hardened,
weather-resistant concrete wall remains.

Concrete walls
typically have wood-frame walls built against them (with a small vapor barrier)
on the interior to house plumbing and electrical work. The exterior of concrete
walls can be left bare, although it should be sealed, but you can also apply
vinyl, stucco, or other siding materials if you so choose.

Concrete wall construction offers excellent thermal
properties, but can have problems with moisture buildup and mold. That is just
one reason why insulated
concrete forms (ICF)
are growing in popularity. These are formed concrete
walls in which the forms remain in place. The forms are made of insulating foam
that not only increases energy efficiency of the home but also provides backing
for sheetrock on the inside and cladding on the exterior.

Originally used in commercial construction, extra-durable concrete siding is possible for residential homes as well. The exterior of the concrete walls can be left bare if sealed properly, but you can also apply vinyl, stucco or other siding materials if you’d like. Here’s how to get started.

Costs

Insulated concrete forms (the most popular choice for concrete siding) ranges in cost from $1.75-$3.50 per square foot, not including installation. To get a price quote, fill out your info here and compare rates in your area.

Pros

Concrete walls offer excellent thermal properties.

Highly durable and can easily protect against pests.

Water-resistant and won’t be affected by excessive amounts of rain or snow.

Cons

Certain types of concrete wall construction can be susceptible to mold.

Durability

Concrete as a siding material is an extremely durable option. It can withstand a fair amount of damage and should last the lifetime of your home.

Maintenance

Concrete is one of the easiest materials to maintain and usually requires occasional power washing to remove excess dirt and debris.

Common Questions and Answers

How are concrete walls created for siding?

Concrete walls are built first and then used for siding. You can think of it as a finished foundation wall. The walls are formed and poured in place. After the concrete has set, the forms are removed and a hardened, weather-resistant concrete wall remains

What are insulated concrete forms (ICF) and why are they growing in popularity?

Concrete wall construction offers excellent thermal properties, but can have problems with moisture buildup and mold. This is just one reason why insulated concrete forms are becoming more commonplace.

These are formed concrete walls in which



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