Important Facts You Should Know About Standard And Reinforced Concrete Residential Foundations

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If you are planning for your dream home, one of the most important details to allow for is the type of foundation you choose for the new house. Although you may assume that a plain concrete foundation is the right choice because it is such a popular choice, unreinforced concrete may not be the right choice if your home will be in a very cold area. In that instance, you should plan to either reinforce the concrete or use footings to make the area safe for your needs. When you need to make an informed decision about choosing the right concrete residential foundation for your new home, the following information will be very helpful.

When You Should Choose A Standard Concrete Foundation

As previously mentioned, a standard concrete foundation is the most common type of foundation. It can best be described as an even level of concrete that gradually thickens around the sides. In order to provide the best drainage, you will frequently see it laid on a bed of gravel and it may also be reinforced it with steel in order to make it a bit stronger.

However, even with gravel and steel reinforcements, bitterly cold climates can still allow the concrete to crack or show other types of damage. Therefore, if you live in that kind of area, you would be better served with a more fully reinforced concrete foundation as described below.

When You Might Need A Reinforced Concrete Foundation

If you live in an area where it is very common to experience long, cold winters where extremely deep freezes are common, a standard concrete foundation alone will not be appropriate. However, you do have two choices that can keep your home safe and intact for many years. You may be advised that extra time to dig further into the ground will impact your budget and construction time-table.

The first option to consider is known as a frost-resistant foundation and features a series of footings below the ground level where freezing usually ends. When the concrete is laid, it is then more resistant to the exceptionally cold climate because it has been supplemented with vertical and horizontal rigid-foam insulation. You may also choose to emulate areas like Sweden or Finland and use the frost-protected shallow foundation, which may also be referred to as the FPSF. It is unique because the concrete itself is modified by receiving additional concrete before being laid down. As a result, it is able to resist frost damage and the extra labor may not be necessary.

In conclusion, as a new home-owner, you are likely to be very choosy about the details that go into the design and construction of your new house. Since the foundation of your home plays such an important role in its successful use, you should be aware of the preceding information about choosing standard or reinforced concrete residential foundations. To learn more, contact a company like Spiers Construction


20 June 2016

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