LiteForm’s Innovation Brings Benefits to Contractors
LiteForm, a premier manufacturer of insulated concrete forms (ICF), continues to assert itself as a leader in the industry, placing new innovations at the forefront of its operations. The South Sioux City, Nebraska based company offers a variety of products for forming concrete, for applications ranging from pouring sidewalks to building a house.
Frank Froelich, the retired founder of Fremont Tire from Hinton, Iowa, approached LiteForm prior to pouring a large concrete patio. He wanted to prevent heaving and cracking, and ended up utilizing FlexxBoard25, a foam board product designed for use under concrete. Froelich said the product has worked as intended, maintaining the concrete even under harsh conditions.
“The rigid foam board insulation keeps the frost away from the concrete and keeps it from lifting the concrete,” Froelich said. “Even with the cold weather, it hasn’t moved a bit.”
Aside from this project, Froelich has used other LiteForm products for both commercial and residential projects. The many benefits, which include higher insulation values, stronger structures and lower energy costs, keep him coming back.
While LiteForm’s focus has been ICF products used to simplify the building of sturdy concrete houses and foundations, it also has a reputation for innovation and expanding into new areas. Most recently, the company began offering LiteBar, a lightweight, rust-free alternative to traditional rebar that has proven to be even stronger than steel.
“We are always looking to push the envelope, and develop products that make for a stronger, simpler build,” said LiteForm CEO and President Pat Boeshart. “Once people work with LiteForm products, they realize the value it brings. We enjoy helping contractors experience the benefits of ICF building.”
With more Americans looking for energy efficient homes built to endure harsh conditions, Boeshart sees ICF construction as a homebuilding technique on the rise. As LiteForm continues to hone its products and develop into new areas, it will undoubtedly be prepared to meet the demand as it increases.