There’s a reason that people talk about “a solid foundation” when referring to education, sports, and any number of other of life’s situations – if you don’t have a solid foundation, you won’t have a home for long. Your foundation is the basis of all support in your home. You might skimp on carpeting, but you can’t skimp on your foundation.
We not only do decorative concrete work, such as stained concrete and stamped concrete, but we also work with local custom home builders and lay the concrete for the foundations of new homes. Your foundation has to be strong enough to bear the weight of your new home and provide a flat and level base to build upon. With a poor foundation, within a few years of building your home, the wood used to build the walls would rot, bringing in termites and ants. In North Texas, our soils contract and expand dramatically with moisture or dry heat, and a poor foundation will result in cracked masonry, cracks in your walls, and doors that don’t open and shut properly when your foundation shifts. Your foundation can bring your house down, without the help of a big bad wolf.
Types of Foundations
There are a few different ways we can use concrete to build your foundation. Shallow foundations transfer the weight of buildings or houses to the earth very near the surface. There are many types of shallow foundations such as spread footing foundations, mat-slab foundations, slab on-grade foundations, pad foundations, rubble trench foundations, and earthbag foundations. We specialize in the construction of slab on grade foundations, which happens to be the most popular type of foundation in North Texas.
Slab on grade foundations consist of a single slab of monolithic concrete poured directly onto graded soil, with the support of rebar and piers. The concrete is poured thicker at the edges to form a footing, and then reinforcing rods are used to give more strength to the edges. Piers help stabilize the foundation against movement when the soil contracts and expands. Slab-on-grade foundations are less vulnerable to termite infestation, because there isn’t any wood placed on the surface of the earth. Each home’s foundation is different depending on the soil and drainage conditions.
In 2010 we were presented with a new-home construction project that was going to be on soil with a high potential vertical rise. We wanted to know more about creating a raised foundation, and that’s when we began using SlabTek structurally-engineered slabs. We now use SlabTek engineered foundations for foundations on more unstable soils with a high Potential Vertical Rise. We pour a flat slab of foundation on the ground, and then using SlabTek lifting mechanisms, the foundation is raised to the desired height. Using this technology, the home is protected from any future soil movement.
In the homebuilding process, your foundation is a crucial element that shouldn’t be overlooked. When you’re building your next home, give us a call to discuss your concrete foundation at 817-410-1227 or you can tell us about your project using the box below.