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Advantages of the Integra Wall System

The Integra wall system,  http://www.superliteblock.com/integra_introduction.htm was invented in the 1980s by Paul Scott;  a structural engineer in the Phoenix area.  He partnered with Superlite Block to produce this energy-efficient building system. It didn’t take long for homeowners to see the advantages of  Integra… Combining the strength,and durability of  Post-Tensioned block construction with the energy efficiency of a proprietary polyurethane foam insulation that is sprayed into the masonry cores after construction.

 The above photo is of an  integra block shop that we built for “Grandma’s Farm” in southern Phoenix. We used 8″ wide C.M.U (Concrete Masonry Units).  As you can see, the Integra Block looks just like a conventional Masonry building once the construction process is complete.  An Integra wall can be finished just like any other block wall with Paint, Stucco,or even a Brick veneer.

Integra Block Barn Phoenix, Arizona

Integra Block Barn for Grandma’s farm in Phoenix Arizona

   In the next month, we will be building another large custom Integra Block home in the Phoenix-Metro area. We will be documenting the wall construction process so that you can see the differences, and advantages of the Integra wall system.


Why Quality is important

Here is an example of what can happen when you burn wood in a fireplace that was designed for gas. The Homeowner burned wood in his fireplace for a while, and then decided to switch back to gas.  He neglected to clean out the ashes that had piled up over the burner. When he turned on the gas, it built up under the ashes and exploded when he tried to light it. This fireplace was not built properly and could not withstand the explosion. The insurance company called us to rebuild and repair it because they knew it would be done right!

This outdoor fireplace was constructed without rebar (reinforcing rods) and grout (concrete) in any of the open cells in the walls.   The result was a destroyed fireplace,and a seriously injured homeowner. There would have been considerably less damage to the fireplace had it been constructed properly. As it was, the homeowner was lucky to be alive after being knocked unconscious and blown into the swimming pool  with 100 lb. chunks of the fireplace found up to 50 feet away. Luckily for him, his wife was inside the house, heard the explosion, and decided to investigate.

There are many people who trust  landscapers, or unlicensed contractors to build their fireplace,or repair your wall, fence,  or BBQ. You wouldn’t trust a plumber to do electrical work at your house would you? You can count on The Darrin Gray Corporation to make sure that your masonry barbecue, fireplace, home,fence or block wall repair will be done right.