August 14, 2012 // Franchising.com // NEW HOLLAND, PA. - Over the past four decades EGStoltzfus Homes, LLC has constructed more than 6,000 new homes throughout south central Pennsylvania. Currently, their preferred foundation for their new homes is the precast concrete walls manufactured by neighboring company Superior Walls.
"We're both Lancaster County based businesses, so we learned about Superior Walls when they first started about 30 years ago," says Andy Toms, who serves as Director of Production at EGStoltzfus Homes, LLC in Lancaster, Pa. "Since that time our company has installed more than 2,000 of these energy-efficient foundation systems in our custom and neighborhood homes. That's more than any other builder in the country."
What keeps bringing the team at EGStoltzfus back to Superior Walls? The company's consistent top-quality product and time-savings offered on the jobsite.
"We truly believe that Superior Walls gives our homebuyers a better foundation for the home structure than other commonly-used foundation systems," says Toms. "And, the fact that the foundations come to the jobsite and can be set in place in a day is extremely beneficial. That saves us time and allows us to deliver our homes on schedule while providing our homeowner with an exceptional value.
"Overall there are two specific areas we promote to homebuyers as to why they should have Superior Walls products. First, the 5,000 PSI concrete in the Xi walls helps resist water penetration so they'll have a drier basement. Second, the R12.5 insulation value in these walls means homeowners will have a comfortable, warm basement. Combined, these features allow our buyers to turn their basements into enjoyable living spaces."
According to Toms, most people are unfamiliar with all the different foundation products on the market today. "Homebuyers may have done research and know what kind of countertops, appliances or flooring they want, but the foundation is a different matter," says Toms. "We work hard to inform them about the value of having an energy-efficient foundation that can provide year-round comfort and benefits in their new home or renovation."
Superior Walls Xi wall panels feature steel reinforced concrete and 2-1/2-inches of DOW® StyrofoamTM insulation to create a permanent 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
- Access holes for ease in wiring and plumbing
- Galvanized steel stud facing ready for drywall finishing
- Insulated corners, studs and bond beams
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 additional information on homes from EGStoltzfus, visit www.egstoltzfus.com. For details on Superior Walls products, visit www.superiorwalls.com.