-pronounced Pure-Light-Crete        


Imagine a home where heating and cooling energy consumption is cut 30%-40% per year…


Imagine a home that will not burn even after 4 hours of direct flame…


Imagine a home where outside noise is reduced up to 85%…


Imagine a home that will withstand wind sheers and hurricane force winds…


Imagine all this with a product that costs less than conventional construction…


Perlitecrete is here.






Perlitecrete is an innovative product that successfully combines the high insulative properties of air entrenched rock with the strength and durability of concrete.


An ultra-light concrete, Perlitecrete only weighs  ~3.5 pounds / square foot (12" x 12" x 1" thick). 


The insulation properties are so incredible that it surpassed the most intense test Perlitecrete personnel could think of... a propane torch!  After 8 minutes of the direct flame on a 1 " thick piece of Perlitecrete, the ~1750 F heat did not transfer through the product... the temperature on the room side of the product was still room temperature! It did not burn, or spread the flame, or transfer the heat. Wow!




Perlitecrete is here!

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       The ancient Romans used concrete forms made out of brick and poured concrete between them.  These concrete walls are so strong that you can still see a number of them standing today, over 2000 years later.

        Today's stay-in-place “sandwiched” concrete forms connect two panels of insulation instead of brick. With the strength of today's concrete, these Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) walls are so strong that they can have incredible free spans (up to 80' without internal support walls), with housing withstanding tornadoes and hurricane strength winds (see our picture gallery).

        The Perlitecrete process is quicker than conventional construction. The Perlitecrete ICF blocks are stacked together then filled with rebar and concrete. The panels offer incredible insulation; can be textured like wood, brick, stucco, or rock; are solid in color; and complete: the framing, insulation, exterior sheathing, and attaching interior gypsum boards... all in one simple step. Perlitecrete  can be cut, drilled, sanded, and screwed into with conventional wood working tools offering unlimited shapes and versatility.

        Massive energy savings are also realized due to the insulation and the thermal mass of the structure. Almost twice that of conventional insulation, ICFs reduce heating and air conditioning costs ~35% each year. As the cost of fuels continues to rise, this annual savings will become even greater.

        Savings in time result in savings in construction costs.  Perlitecrete combines all of these construction steps into one quick procedure:

o       Super Strong Structure (framing)

o       Massive Insulation (insulation and weather wrap)

o       Exterior Finish (exterior surface)

o       Interior Finish (interior walls)… all in one product!



The Product


What Makes the Insulation so Powerful…


Perlitecrete, uses air entrenched rock instead of fiberglass or Styrofoam for insulation.  With an air pocket surrounded by rock, it becomes a natural insulator that does not burn.


The rock is mined and produced in a number of geographical locations in the United States, as well as, in: China, Greece, Japan, Hungary, Armenia, Italy, India, Mexico, Philippines, and Turkey to name a few.



Internal Fire and Moisture Testing…


In internal lab testing, a propane torch was applied to a 1 “ thick piece of Perlitecrete,. After 8 solid minutes of the ~1750 F flame burning in a single spot, the temperature on the other side of the Perlitecrete, remained at the original room temperature. The product did not burn or transfer the heat through the product. The flame stayed directly on the surface with zero flame spread. The only sign to show that there was the intense heat on the product was a small-carbonized area where the flame contacted the surface. The product’s integrity remained the same, only the surface turned black. Perlitecrete, has incredible insulation, durability, and fire resistance.


 Torch Fire Test

PerlitecreteTM is a new and exciting product designed to bring strength, beauty, and quick modular construction to residential and commercial construction. Used for numerous purposes, it can be easily cut, drilled, screwed into, sanded, and solid in color. The product can take on many surface designs including: stucco, brick, rock, wood, or smooth.

Perlitecrete, consists of the earth's natural products and Perlitecrete, is earth friendly. Designed to reduce average utility heating and cooling usage by over 30%; Perlitecrete,  also eliminates the extent of forestry used in typical wood frame construction.

Standing up to hurricane strength winds and resistant to fire, Perlitecrete,  adds long-lasting strength and durability to every construction project. One of its many features, Perlitecrete, combines numerous construction steps into one simple product, increasing both productivity and profits.





These attributes demonstrate some of Perlitecrete's, versatility to be used both interiorly and externally:

        One side of the Perlitecrete, block is smooth, reducing the time and expense of installing gypsum board on the inside of the exterior walls;

        Textured like stucco, wood, brick, or stone, Perlitecrete, textured surfaces completes the exterior walls;

        Shower walls are now a one-step process, perfect for fast residential and military use;

        Concrete products can now be ultra-lightweight and durable like: air conditioning condenser pads, landscaping blocks, swimming pool surrounds, stepping stones, pillars, fireplace surrounds, roof tiles, and many more;



Perlitecrete, offers a six-inch completed exterior wall. This dimension is a standard exterior wall size and facilitates conventional standard doors and windows. Because of Perlitecrete, advanced tie system, Perlitecrete, can quickly become 4” wide to 12” wide to meet any architectural design.




How much can Insulated Concrete Forms alone save?


Houses built with ICF exterior walls require ~ 44% less energy to heat and ~32% less energy to cool than comparable frame house.  If Perlitecrete, tests out with an R-value of 40, Perlitecrete, savings could reach 80%.

The smaller heating and cooling components, needed for such an energy-efficient house, can cut equipment costs by an estimated $500 to $2000. The biggest equipment savings come with the houses that have the most energy savings.


How do we know all this?

The energy saving estimates comes from a study of single-family houses across the U.S. and Canada (Building Works Researchers gathered data on 58 houses in all. Half had exterior walls constructed with ICF concrete, and the other half was neighboring houses with walls constructed of wood frame. All houses were relatively new (less than 6 years old) and built with modern methods.

The researchers compared the energy bill of each concrete house to its frame counterpart, carefully correcting for important differences to get an “apples-to-apples” comparison. Estimates of equipment savings are actual numbers reported by contractors that build ICF houses.


There’s more…

Comfort...   Houses built with ICF walls have a more even temperatures throughout the day and night. They have virtually no “cold spots”, and definitively fewer drafts.

Solidness...   The rigidity of concrete construction reduces the flex in floors and cuts shifting and vibration from the force of the wind or the slamming of a door. Concrete houses survive high-force winds like hurricanes and tornadoes far better than traditional wood homes.

Quietness...   Only about one-sixth of outside sound gets through an ICF wall compared with an ordinary frame wall. This sharply cuts the intrusion of noise from outside.


Perlitecrete’s  benefits are numerous…


  1.    Bug and rodent resistant

  2.    Hurricane Wind rated

  3.    Fire resistant –no flame spread, no flame sustentation

  4.    No off-gassing as found with some insulating foams when exposed to high heats

  5.    “Blow-outs” prevented

  6.    Installs without a crane

  7.    Lower shipping costs

  8.    Stem wall use increasing the concrete’s strength by ~70%

  9.    Stronger basement walls by ~70%

10.  Interior and exterior surfaces as part of product

11.  Solid color –reducing painting and maintenance

12.  Large spans up without any internal structural walls

13.  Incredible insulation value (1750F flame for 8 minutes on one side, no temperature difference on other side)

14. Faster construction

15. Uses conventional doors and windows

16. Cuts with a conventional handsaw while dense enough to hold screws

17. Overall construction savings from10% - 20%+

18. Lower utility bills (~35%+ )

19.  Lower insurance premiums (fire performance and durability)


Plus… Perlitecrete’s design results in massive construction savings up to...


 ~20% Savings over existing ICFs construction and 

~10% Savings over typical stucco wood construction.



Perlitecrete is the answer!





Concrete Home Stands Up to Tornado


Stoughton, Wisconsin, residents are picking up the pieces after a F3 tornado recently leveled most of the homes in the area. One home is still standing amidst the rubble: a concrete home, currently under construction in an upscale Stoughton neighborhood, built with insulating concrete forms (ICFs).






Hurricane Katrina


This ICF home was 85% complete when Hurricane Katrina slammed into the area on Aug. 29, 2005 with a huge storm surge and reported sustained winds of 125 mph. The water reached an elevation of 28 feet.





Torch Test on Perlitecrete


Fire Test


Perlitecrete showing Propane Torch affects after 8 minutes (~1750 F).


Zero spread

Heat containment






Perlitecrete cut with a Handsaw.

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