Homeowner’s Perspective: Max Out Your Living Space with Precast Concrete Foundation
Monday, 04 March 2013
NEW HOLLAND, PA. – Homeowner Roger Deihm was so pleased with the Superior Walls precast foundation system used in the construction of his first home in 1997 that he made it a requirement for builders to use the same Xi™ wall panels in the construction of his new home in 2012.
“I actually designed the new house specifically to use Superiors Walls,” says Deihm, a Pennsylvania resident. “The finished basement --- made with the precast concrete foundation panels --- was written into the floor plan to flow into another floor, not to just have a stairwell leading to a cellar.”
The three sections of his basement are used as a media room, billiards room and utility/work area. According to Deihm, he and the family spend almost three hours a day in these lower level rooms.
“We had additional insulation added to our Superior Walls Xi wall panels to gain the maximum R-values,” says Deihm. “This definitely makes the basement a comfortable extension of our home’s living space.
“In my opinion, far too many houses waste the valuable usable space available in the basement. Superior Walls allows you to take advantage of that space and maximize your home’s space to its fullest potential. I wouldn’t consider building a home without these energy-efficient products as the foundation of a well-insulated house.”
Understanding Superior Walls Products
Superior Walls Xi wall panels feature steel reinforced concrete and 2-1/2-inches of DOW® Styrofoam™ insulation. The panels are custom designed and constructed in a factory-controlled setting. Unique features of the Xi wall panels include:
- 5,000+ PSI concrete
- Steel-reinforced top bond beams, concrete studs and footer beams
- Horizontal steel rebar inside top and bottom beams
- Vertical steel rebar inside each stud
- Access holes for ease in wiring and plumbing
Superior Walls insulated precast concrete wall systems have earned the Green Approved Product designation by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center. For homeowners, the benefits of Superior Walls foundations systems are substantial. The energy-efficient walls help lower energy costs and reduce energy leakage while providing increased living space in a comfortable setting. Builders also benefit from saved job site time and labor when certified Superior Walls installation crews set the walls in place in less than one day, so that home construction can immediately begin the following day.
Each Superior Walls panel is custom made to the specifications of an individual home, including built-in openings for windows and doors. Pre-engineered access for wiring or small plumbing elements along with smart stud facing for easy drywall installation are included and help speed up the installation process.
Superior Walls products are resource efficient, using up to 70 percent less concrete in a new home than conventional foundations. The energy-efficient walls help lower energy costs and reduce energy leakage while providing increased living space in a comfortable setting. For details on Superior Walls products, visit www.superiorwalls.com.