Increased Load Capacity
From Superior Walls of AmericaSuperior Walls of America, an international licensor of precast concrete wall systems, has announced an increased published uniform load capacity. The higher capacity makes Superior Walls® systems ideal for light commercial applications along with residential use.
In consideration of new and previous independent testing, Superior Walls has increased the published uniform load capacity for its Xi™ and Xi™ Plus wall systems from 5,500 pounds per linear foot to 7,500 PLF.
As opposed to concrete blocks or wood framing, precast concrete panels from Superior Walls are manufactured with rigid foam insulation. The time-saving systems can be installed in a single day by certified crews.
Superior Walls Xi wall panels feature steel reinforced concrete and 2 1/2" of DOW® Styrofoam™ insulation to create a barrier against sidewall water penetration. The panels are custom designed and constructed in a factory-controlled setting.
Xi Plus panels are available with a built-in insulation value of R-21.3 and can be insulated up to R-42+. The wall panels provide R-values that meet energy conservation code requirements for basements, and can help in the construction of an Energy Star® qualified structure.