In 2006, Jason Meier was constructing a house in Conover, N.C. for a very special client: his family. To provide a safe, secure and energy-efficient home he chose Superior Walls precast concrete Xi panels for the structure of his house.
"I researched my options and selected these walls for their strength, insulation value and low maintenance," says Meier. "We've been living in the house for ten years now and the walls are still as sound efficient, dry and energy-efficient as when we moved in."
As opposed to concrete blocks or poured concrete, the precast concrete Xi wall panels ordered by Meier from Superior Walls of North Carolina are created in the manufacturing process with DOW Styrofoam boards, which provide excellent rigid foam insulation. This helps ward off heat loss and makes the basement a more comfortable area of the home for extended living and storage space.
Superior Walls Xi wall panels feature steel reinforced concrete and 2-1/2-inches of DOW Styrofoam insulation to create a barrier against sidewall water penetration. 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
- Insulated access holes for ease in wiring and plumbing
- Galvanized steel stud facing ready for drywall finishing
- Insulated corners, studs and bond beams
"I understand many builders choose Superior Walls for their foundations, which is smart," says Meier. "We used Superior Walls AG precast concrete Xi panels for two stories and to frame the house. The engineering, quality and structure of these walls can't be beat.
"Since the walls are already insulated and install in one day, this is a faster, more efficient way to construct a home. Living with the Superior Walls products for ten years every day means my family is proof that the product works. These walls are the best on the market and based on my personal experience I recommend them to everyone."
Superior Walls, innovator of the precast concrete foundation system, celebrates 35 years of operation in 2016. The company manufactures the only foundation to have earned the NGBS Green Certified Product designation and has precast concrete system licensee manufacturing operations throughout the United States and Canada.
For more information on Xi panels and other Superior Walls products, visit superiorwalls.com.