What home­own­ers should know about their foun­da­tion sys­tems

New de­signs can save home­own­ers on en­ergy bills

The Covington News - - SHOWCASE OF HOMES -

Con­sumers na­tion­wide in­ter­ested in cre­at­ing an en­ergy- ef­fi­cient, warm, dry home be­gin with im­por­tant de­ci­sions re­lated to the prod­ucts used to con­struct their base­ment. While many homes have poured con­crete or block foun­da­tions, th­ese in­ef­fi­cient base­ments can leak air and wa­ter. A solid al­ter­na­tive is to con­struct a new home with pre­cast en­ergy- ef­fi­cient foun­da­tion pan­els.

Made with En­ergy Star­qual­i­fied DOW Sty­ro­foam, Su­pe­rior Walls Xi wall foun­da­tion sys­tems are steel re­in­forced con­crete pan­els that cre­ate a per­ma­nent bar­rier against side­wall wa­ter pen­e­tra­tion in the home. Con­structed in a fac­tory- con­trolled set­ting and de­liv­ered to the job site, Xi pre­cast in­su­lated pan­els are cus­tom- de­signed and built to com­ple­ment any ar­chi­tec­tural style.

“ The Xi wall is the most ad­vanced wall sys­tem avail­able,” says Aaron Schoeneberger of Su­pe­rior Walls. “ Th­ese steel re­in­forced con­crete wall pan­els are an en­vi­ron­men­tally- friendly way for peo­ple to keep their homes warm and dry. Each panel fea­tures 21/ 2 inches of con­tin­u­ous DOW Sty­ro­foam for su­pe­rior warmth and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in the home.

“ Nearly ev­ery part of the foun­da­tion wall is in­su­lated, in­clud­ing the cor­ners, studs and bond beams. Spe­cial en­gi­neer­ing makes each wall ther­mally iso­lated and in­su­lated from ex­te­rior el­e­ments, re­sult­ing in a su­pe­rior prod­uct for be­low- ground foun­da­tion sys­tem in­stal­la­tion.”

En­ergy ef­fi­cient

Xi wall pan­els have oneinch foam in­su­lated con­crete studs and one- inch foam in­su­la­tion on the bond beams to help en­sure en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in the home.

The Su­pe­rior Walls pan­els al­ways ar­rive “ damp proof” from the fac­tory and also al­low for in­creas­ing the amount of in­su­la­tion with­out the need for ad­di­tional fram­ing. The patented wall sys­tems are cus­tom built to a project’s spec­i­fi­ca­tion in nearly any home style, al­low­ing home­own­ers to save on en­ergy bills while gain­ing ad­di­tional liv­ing space in the home.

“ Ev­ery home­owner wants a warm, dry, in­su­lated base­ment that can be con­verted into ad­di­tional liv­ing space in the home,” says Schoeneberger. “ This foun­da­tion sys­tem brings peace- of- mind to new home­own­ers while of­fer­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to com­fort­ably max­i­mize their base­ment liv­ing space.”

More than 75,000 Su­pe­rior Walls foun­da­tions have been in­stalled since 1981 na­tion­wide. For more in­for­ma­tion, call ( 800) 452- 9255 or visit www. su­pe­ri­or­walls. com.

Metro Creative Ser­vices

Foun­da­tion: Pre­cast Xi wall foun­da­tion sys­tems fea­ture re­in­forced con­crete pan­els that cre­ate an en­ergy ef­fi­cient bar­rier against mois­ture en­ter­ing the base­ment.

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