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What is DSF ICF?

Diamond Snap-Form® (DSF) lnsulated Concrete Form System (ICF) is a faster, stronger, greener insulated concrete form system consisting of Foam-Control® EPS with Perform Guard insulation and Diamond Snap-Tie connectors.

The system combines the insulating effectiveness of Foam-Control EPS with the structural integrity of concrete. The result is a strong, insulated building. The DSF ICF system is used in residential and commercial construction.

The Diamond Snap-Form System remains in place after the concrete is poured, serving as a wall, insulation, and facing material. Floor and roof assemblies are connected to the wall as with any poured concrete wall.

DIAMOND SNAP FORM

The DSF Insulated Concrete Form system consists of Foam-Control®
with Perform Guard insulation and Diamond Snap-Tie connectors. 

Use Diamond Snap Form for these Applications:

The Diamond Snap-Form System can be used to create almost any type of wall. 

LANDSCAPING WALLS
STEM-WALL FOUNDATIONS
BASEMENT WALLS
FIRE RATED WALLS
RETAING WALLS, SOUND WALLS, FENCES

COMPONENTS and INSTALLATION

COMPONENTS

The DSF Insulated Concrete Form system consists of Foam-Control® Insulation with Perform Guard insulation and Diamond Snap-Tie connectors. DSF ICF comes as compact components – ties and insulation planks. These are easy to handle and less expensive to ship. They occupy only 45% of the volume of typical “block” ICF systems.

Foam-Control EPS

 Foam-Control foam or molded polystrene. Cost effective thermal design is among the highest priorities in construction. Thermal resistance (R-value) of an insulation assembly is the determining factor in thermal performance. Foam-Control Insulation provides optimum cost value when compared to other rigid insulations of the same R-value design.

Available with 

Our Diamond Snap-Form is available with Foam-Control Perform Guard® which has a proven and safe additive, that effectively resists termites and meets building code. Perform Guard is made by a process that incorporates a termite resistant additive into the insulation during the manufacturing process. The additive is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for this application. Foam-Control with Perform Guard has been thoroughly tested, is safe for handling, and noncorrosive. And termites hate it.

Diamond Snap-Ties

The Diamond Snap-Tie connector creates a cavity for the concrete between two faces of the insulation planks. Diamond Snap-Tie connectors come in the following half tie and full tie sizes: 6″, 8″, and 10″.

INSTALLATION


The DSF ICF system uses 1’ x 8’ planks of Foam-Control with Perform Guard joined by a Diamond Snap-Tie connector every 12” both horizontally and vertically. The Diamond Snap-Tie connector creates a cavity for the concrete between two faces of 2” high-density Foam-Control with Perform Guard. The DSF ICF system remains in place after the concrete is poured, serving as wall, insulation, and attachment base for facing material. Floor and roof assemblies are connected to the wall similar to any poured concrete wall.

For a detailed installations guidelines, please download the DSF Installation Guidelines Brochure.

Stronger and Faster

DSF ICF is engineered so joints do not need to be staggered, saving time and material cost, and simplifying construction. DSF is easily stacked in even 1-ft. increments, and is easily cut to adjust walls to non-standard heights. DSF ICF makes rebar installation very fast and easy.

Greener

Energy Efficient Diamond Snap-Form significantly reduces air infiltration and thermal bridging in the walls. Diamond Snap-Form walls achieve maximum insulation value, saving energy and reducing pollution. DSF insulation uses no ozone depleting agents and can be recycled.

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