I am building a piece onto my cottage and I want to use Insulated Concrete Forms on the foundation. I am curious what a decent price is for this material. Also, where is the best place to buy something like this?
I am doing this project myself so I am not an expert.
I see on places like Home Depot that a straight 4 ft piece of this material is going for about $25.99 a piece.
I would highly advise you not to do this on your own unless you know what you are doing. No offense, but it could be costly if you don't.
Concrete has a very high liquid pressure. This means you could blow out your ICF forms, and it would all of a sudden cost you double to do that foundation, as long as you don't have to do it a second time.
If you've worked with concrete before, and understand how it works, you may be able to do it yourself.
Don't go to Home Depot. Find a commercial construction supply store. In Alberta we have Nelson Lumber. They would have a lot of info for you, and be able to properly instruct you. You could also get a manufacturer's spec book online, but if you haven't worked with concrete before, it won't make much sense.
Remember....concrete is very expensive, and you only get one chance! In alberta, a typical ICF foundation would cost about $40,000. That's all labor and materials.
In Canada most lumber prices is monopolized. May be you find another dealer store sell more cheaper but cents in difference but another idea for you buy cheaper is buy on factory direct off the same material or same place where home depot buy if you buy large quantities you can have nice deal. You can find all on line on internet.
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