Popular Science Backs ICF Homes

In August, 2017, Popular Science wrote an article about safe rooms built from insulated concrete forms, and they eluded to not needing a safe room if you have a safe home.  Guess what we sell!  And what have we been saying!

For years, TF Forming Systems has been selling a patented vertical ICF system.  We have also stated that there is no need for a safe room when you could have an entire safe home.  Now our statements have been backed by Popular Science!

What makes ICF the best for building safe homes?  The walls are made by alternating plastic studs and inner and outer poly panels.  These poly-panels form a sandwich around concrete and rebar, insulating it.  Because there is no wood within the structural supports, the home is virtually fire and disaster resistant.

Popular Science’s article also states that a safe room should be comfortable for everyone, including children.  We know a lot about making a room comfortable, but we know more about making the whole house comfortable.  You could hide in a safe room or storm shelter or you have the option to hide in your living room, on the couch, with all the snacks from the pantry that you could carry.  How nice would it be to be reassured that you don’t have to run to a corner of the dark, cold basement when the tornado siren goes off; instead you can all congregate in the kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom and know that you are still safe.

Disclosure: Our form system does not prevent glass windows from shattering in the event of a natural disaster.  Please continue to avoid areas with glass or unsupported doors when in a natural disaster situation.


You can read the Popular Science article here.

Building Local

TF System – Local Business since 1994

New residential building being constructed in Little Suamico.

In the midst of a newly growing residential area, there exists a plot of land that has newly broken ground.  What waits there now is the potential of a dream home come true…  That’s exactly what these local homeowners are planning- building local with TF Systems.  And the nice thing for the already established neighbors? Building with TF Systems’ vertical ICF system is quiet; it does not require the sounds of loud drilling or screwing, only the occasional sound of a saw and hum of a generator.



As a local business, TF System was proud to take on the task of constructing a new home in Little Suamico under a well experienced contractor.  The home is a two-story, 2,000 sq. ft. (on the main floor) home.  It consists of an insulated basement and main level with an attached garage.

The basement foundation was finished in early September.  The floor joists for the main floor are on schedule to be put in this week, with plans to start the main level soon after.  The home’s foundation is scheduled to be finished in late October.



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Best “First Time Contractors”

When Jerry Spude, inventor of TF System, was asked what makes a good contractor, he took a moment to think.  His first reply was “Zach Bailey and Glen Chamberlain from Gravette, Arkansas”.  Bailey and Chamberlain are what it takes to be good contractors.

Pictured Left to Right: Zach Bailey, Contractor/Josh Isabell, Homeowner/Glen Chamberlain, Contractor

Spude was asked to elaborate what he meant when he said that Bailey and Chamberlain were what it takes to be a good contractor.

Bailey and Chamberlain were both first time contractors, and they excelled.  What made them so great at what they did?

  1. Followed the detail manual
  2. Took advice with open ears
  3. Were eager to learn
  4. Demonstrated quality work
  5. Had warm personalities

The first house that Bailey and Chamberlain completed was fairly complex for two first time contractors, but with their dedication and hard work, they handled it like masters.

TF System has had good experience with contractors throughout its history, but Bailey and Chamberlain are solid as concrete when it comes to truly great contractors!


Welcome to TF Forming Systems

This world is unpredictable and ever changing, so why worry about your home or business collapsing around you in a time when you need it to stand strong the most?  TF Forming Systems focuses on safety and dependability so that our consumers don’t have to worry.

TF Forming Systems’ vertical insulated concrete design has been tested to withstand average hassles like termites or rot.  It has also been tested to withstand earthshaking events like tornadoes and hurricanes.  A testimonial from a customer located in Tornado Alley stated “I didn’t have to worry about having a safe room.  I have a safe home!”  And while the world is focused on going green, we have also turned over a new leaf.  All the studs used in our building materials are made from recycled plastic. Because the concrete walls are so well insulated, being energy efficient is easy!

We take the frustration out of building with an easy to use form system, few tools, and fair pricing.  Call or email today for more information!

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