Types of foundation for homeowners
There is that streaming enthusiasm that comes with building a home. Especially for the homeowner, he is spoilt for choice. He has a litany of alternatives to select from. Many homeowners are pragmatic enough and want their personal taste to reflect through their homes. Hence they would carefully choose amongst many, the wall coverings, the differing sizes of the rooms the doors and all. Yet, many don’t take this pragmatism as far as choosing the types of foundation they want for their homes. This is not much of their fault either.
As much as the exquisite property of a home is important, the safety part can’t be neglected. Such safety begins from the well-being of the foundation. Many contractors would choose on your behalf the type of foundation for your home. Some contractors are rude enough not to consult you even on this. Guess such negligence of your supposed authority (in choosing the type of foundation) stems from the fact that you don’t know much about foundations either. In some cases, you don’t even know as little as the types of foundation. Yet, such knowledge is important as it helps you to responsibly choose the kind of foundation you want with regards to the financial coefficient as well as your safety. Therefore, let us look at the commonest types of foundations.
Talking about the types of foundations, the two that readily come to mind are pier and beam foundations, and slab-on-grade foundations. It is helpful you have a fundamental knowledge of these two types of foundation however brisk such knowledge. These two foundations types share a typical difference which extends through cost, durability, and construction.
Beginning with the Slab-on-grade variant of foundation types, the construction of these foundations is executed with reinforced concrete. Many contractors hurriedly resort to this type of foundation based on its ease of construction, its lack of a crucial need for depth and for the fact that it doesn’t take a fat budget to build. These slab foundations are readily associated with homes where basements are absent. Slab foundation can be quickly built with minimal construction rigor and financial exhaustion. But one thing you have in mind as a potential house owner is that these slab-on-grade foundations don’t boast measurable resistance to seasonal changes. Slab foundations are more easily afflicted by root growth and vegetative probing. This could eventually generate moisture problems. Well, the choice of slab foundations is reasonably geographical. For example, while slab foundations could be good for some, they are not the best of long term options for North Texas house owners. And one ugly issue with slab foundations that you should watch out for is that every of the piping is loaded under the foundation. This makes a delicate and rigorously arduous task to carry out repairs when an emergency like a burst of a water pipe occurs. Such repairs are usually costly. But all the same, slab foundations are generally cool.
The next is Pier and beam foundations which are very common in the Northern States. They are more elevated than slab foundation. They usually accommodate a crawl space. Such crawl space is not usually more than 18 inches and is located under the building stuffed up with concrete. This would act as steady support for the slab. While this foundation can be seen as demanding financially and time-wise, it is inarguably more durable and more reliable promising the occupants of increased safety. Many foundations in North Texas are jaundiced by shifting, pier and beam foundations give you safety against that and other foundation damages. As to health considerations, piers and beam foundations still work better for the fact that they are friendlier to body joints bringing to mind that occupants stride on a platform of suspended wood. Therefore on a longer run, occupants of pier and beam foundations are less susceptible to back pains.
So there you are with both types of foundations. While making your preference, your mind should bode adeptly on the cost factor and the safety factor as well. Feel free to contact us too if you need consultations or repairs for your foundation. We are always just a call away!