Cement Foundations, Including Grade Beams & Footings
A foundation to a home or building is the first step to any successful and safe structure. Without a sturdy and dependable foundation, your home or building will lack substance and could easily collapse or crumble with time and use. To avoid this, the foundation of structure needs to be secure and built using heavy duty materials that can withstand the elements and hold the weight and pressure of most building. Because of concrete’s trusted strength and durability, it’s often chosen as a foundation building material for that very reasons. As a firm and solid structure, you can trust that concrete will hold its place and weight for heavy structures over time.
Concrete foundations are built using solid concrete, typically with structural slabs or poured, to enhance the strength of a foundation as a whole. Depending on what type of foundation your building needs will determine what type of concrete is used to create the foundation. Once the footings have then been set into place to avoid sinking and imbalance, then your concrete can be laid on top to reinforce the rest of the structure. If the process is completed out of order, your foundation could potentially sink or collapse, or settle unevenly.
Once it’s been decided what type of building you’re aiming for and the kind of foundation there needs to be to support it, we can then take measures to prepare the space available for new construction. Preparing the foundation space is a crucial part to having a safe and successful foundation that is adequately balanced with the correct footings and the depth at which your foundation should be implanted into the ground for maximum support. Testing the soil, surveying the land, and much more, are all preparation steps before a foundation can actually be built.
When you begin to notice that your foundation is deteriorating, either through sloping in parts of your home, leaks, or cracks in the walls and ceilings, it’s probably time for some foundation repairs. Foundation repairs are needed in order to keep your home’s foundation sturdy and secure. Without a secure foundation, your home could succumb to damages such as collapsing, flooding, or even sinking. To avoid this, it’s best to seek out the repair services of professional contractors if your foundation is older or there are signs that it is slowly deteriorating. Catching your foundation damages early can result in lower repair costs and safety to those inside the home.
Structural slabs are those which are poured like standard concrete slabs and later implanted into the ground of the home’s foundation, helping add strength and balance to the rest of the structure. Structural slabs are typically thicker in width than sidewalk slabs or interior slabs, simply because they are required to hold more weight and provide more balance upward. Structural slabs are intended to provide further support and stability to new or existing foundations, when installed correctly by professional contractors.