Expanded polystyrene is foamed polystyrene, a common plastic. Expanded polystyrene is widely used in the building
industry as insulating material and is noted for its safe properties for installers and consumers and the durability of its
high insulating quality.
The standard form is 40" long, 10" high, and 10" wide; it creates a 6.5", 87% solid concrete wall. The variable form is
40"long, 12" high, and comes in 8", 10", 12", 14" and 16" widths up to our largest. This creates solid concrete walls with nominal widths of 4", 6", 8", 10", 12" through 24",respectively. Each Castleblock™ weighs approximately 2 pounds.
A, We make two different configurations of Castleblock™ to allow for different applications. In many cases, the standard
form with its column-and-beam concrete structure will meet structural demands. Where a solid wall is desirable, we offer
the variable form.
Outstanding. The success of the Castleblock™ system relies on strength of design, quality of manufacture, ease of use
and the backing of a full line of support for the builder. This includes Company sales professionals versed in application< problem solving who work with builders in the field, local distribution, a national marketing program directed at creating
preference with home buyers, and engineering and technical assistance available at almost any time.
With comparable design, Castleblock™ walls are typically stronger. Concrete placed using the Castleblock™ system will
normally achieve compressive strength 50% greater than conventionally placed concrete because of Castleblock™'s
temperature-controlled and moisture-retaining environment. Use of the Company's recommended concrete mix also
reduces the likelihood of voids and provides optimum placing consistency.
Castle Group is a subsidiary Castle & Company U.S. corporation engaged in the distribution and marketing of products for
the building industry. The Company's principal product is Castleblock™. The Company is committed to unequaled quality in
its products and employees for the benefit of its customers, and is the Southeastern leader in its major product lines.
Thousands of projects have been successfully completed throughout the U.S. These include basements, stem walls,
retaining walls, decorative walls, fences, bridge abutments, entrance ways, acoustic walls, swimming pools, landscaping
applications, pier and grade beams, complete homes, churches, schools and other institutional structures and commercial
buildings, as well as many other project-specific applications that relied on Castleblock™'s unique versatility and job
Yes. Contact your regional Castleblock™ account manager. He or she will be able to direct you to jobs covering a range of
applications in various stages of completion. If the Company has not yet identified an account manager for your area,
we'll be happy to discuss your project at (850) 969-9500.
Your local Castle Group account manager is a Company employee carefully selected and trained as a Castle Group
specialist. Each account manager has in-depth experience with concrete and Castleblock™ installation. Account managers
do not act as contractors - they are there to help builders in the field. Satisfying our builder customers is the account
manager's first priority. If you have a problem that is unusually difficult, your account manager has access to expert
assistance from the Company's engineering and technical staff, who are unsurpassed in the industry
Linear foot prices will vary substantially depending on application and job site. In general, the more difficult the job site
and application, the greater the cost benefit from Castleblock™. Consult our Castleblock™ Estimation Procedures to estimate your job labor and materials. Or contact your local Castle Group representative, who will be happy to assist you.
Depending on wall height and the difficulty of the job, comparative costs will range from competitive versus conventionally
formed walls to 30% to 50% lower. In addition to any hard dollar savings, we find that jobs take from as little as a third to
half the time. As you would expect, builders see tremendous increases in productivity. Contact your local Castle Group
account manager, who is trained in making such comparisons.
Savings will come in lower energy costs and fewer call backs and repairs. In addition, Castleblock™ homes carry an improved
fire rating, frequently reducing insurance costs, and are normally appraised at a higher value than traditional wood frame
homes; Castleblock™ basements are distinctly superior to traditional basements, providing additional living space at a fraction
of normal housing costs.
Contact your local Castle Group representative for a building materials dealer near you. If there is not a dealer near you
and, if you would like the name of the Castle Group dealer closest to you, please call Castle Group at (850) 969-9500.
Or E-mail us at Castleblock™@yahoo.com. Thank You.
Absolutely. Not only does a Castleblock™ home offer insulating and construction advantages, it is very cost effective in the
face of soaring lumber prices. Cost effectiveness will vary from area to area and you should consult with your local Castle
Block account manager for comparisons. Other advantages include: a home of exceptional quality able to command a
premium with your customer; lower maintenance, fire insurance and energy costs; unexcelled soundproofing and wall
integrity; higher appraisal and resale value; and the backing of a national marketing campaign highlighting the outstanding
design of a Castle Group home built with Castleblock™. A recent acknowledgment of these advantages was Castleblock™’s
designation for the exterior walls of The New American Home, 1994, sponsored by the National Council of the Housing
Industry, an industry advisory group within the National Association of Home Builders. Then in 1998 we developed the
Hybrid Home recognized by FEMA as Hurricane and Tornado Resistant, and in 2000 we added Concrete Pylons to
prevent Tidal damage to these homes.
The Castleblock™ system is designed so that the walls can be built and the concrete placed by a framing contractor, a general
contractor, or an owner/builder with a working knowledge of foundation construction.
Castle Group provides on-site service from your local Construction Manager. The Construction Manager's job is to train your people and to share his or her knowledge to make your experience with Castleblock™ as productive as possible - whether it's your first job or a new or particularly complex application. In addition, a Construction Engineer is available for on-the-job problem solving and is supported by the Company's engineering and technical staff, should you require on-the-job assistance
when your Construction Manager is not available. Construction managers act as advisors to either you or your subcontractor. They are not Engineer’s. As a result, they are experts at making you an expert, leaving control and learning where it should be - with you and your subcontractors.
Most building departments defer to one of the national or regional evaluation services. Castleblock™ is recognized by the
three major evaluation groups and by most states, cities and counties that are not covered by one of these national
services. In addition, the Company's account managers visit each jurisdiction to answer any specific questions that
building officials may have and to acquaint the inspectors with the Castleblock™ system. We would be happy to send your
local building official any technical or general information he or she may request.
Castleblock™ is highly beneficial to the environment. By incorporating both the means of construction and insulation, building
with Castleblock™ eliminates most waste. And because all Castleblock™ structures are insulated, energy use in finished structures is reduced substantially. Finally, the manufacturing process is neither harmful to the environment nor to the
people who make Castleblock™ - CFC's, HCFC's or other toxic substances are not used in its manufacture.
Let your building materials dealer know you'd like to get in touch with the local Castle Group account manager. Or call us at (850) 969-9500 or E-mail us we'll have the account manager in your area call you directly.