Choosing a foundation type usually isn’t at the top of every homeowner’s list, however it’s the very basis of the entire home and therefore, it deserves some consideration. At Dalrock Foundation Repair, we deal with commercial foundation repairs as well as residential. Our customers usually aren’t sure what kind of foundation they want and need help understanding the differences. We’re explaining the various kinds of common foundations and how they differ.
Where You Live Can Determine Foundation Type
Different areas of the United States have their own unique needs when it comes to choosing a foundation. In the northern part of the US, you’ll find that most homes have basements. In parts of the midwest as well as the south, many homes have only crawl spaces. In the southern and western parts of the US, most homes have slab foundations or pier and beam foundations. Each kind of foundation has it’s own purpose and function.
Slab foundations for the most part, are the most cost effective foundation you can choose. Builders like to use them because they’re cheap and easy to do. It starts with building a trench around the perimeter of the future structure and then laying gravel, followed by pouring and smoothing out concrete. Over time, these foundations tend to crack. We receive a lot of calls for slab foundation repair due to cracks or upheaval.
Pier and Beam Foundations
These kinds of foundations are usually used when there aren’t any other good options. Foundations are supported with concrete piers drilled underground and the beams are used to support the structure above it. Pier and beam foundations usually suffer from sinking piers or rotting beams, depending on the material they’re sourced from. Pier foundation repair can be particularly pricey if your foundation problems aren’t caught early on.
Crawl Space Foundations
Crawl spaces are built from poured footing and then regular foundation to support the building above. Crawl spaces are great for keeping repair costs down because utilities and wiring are usually in the crawl space. However, crawl spaces often get damp and are prone to mold if not properly insulated.
Foundation Repair Experts
Whether or not you’re building a home or moving into a new one, finding a foundation repair company that will explain foundation repair options to you is important. At Dalrock Foundation Repair, we’re here to answer all of your questions about foundation types and foundation repair. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services!