Monday, October 9, 2017

Building a Solid Foundation for your New Home

A solid foundation is an essential part when building a new home. Before you can build a wall or even a roof, a foundation is the very thing the builder must build first. It is the anchor or support  that holds your house to the ground and it should be constructed well. Foundations are made from different materials like stone, wood, or even block, but the foundations for new houses are made from reinforced concrete. There are several types of foundations that you can choose for your new home.

1. Full basement.
Homes have footings that anchor the structures into the ground, normally it is made of an 8 foot hole or wall and sometimes much deeper depending on the area's frost line. It is enclosed with a four inch thick concrete slab. East TN builders indicates that having a full basement foundation is beneficial as it provides additional living space, and is great protection during bad weather. But building one can increase your budget and it can be a potential problem from flooding if not constructed properly.

2. Slab Foundations
 The most common, due to cost effectiveness and does not require a great amount of lot preparation. Because most of the plumbing systems are beneath the concrete slab, making repairs can be expensive. 
3. Crawlspace Foundations
This kind of foundation is very common in the South. Just a few feet off the ground, the footings are placed just below the frost line and concrete  foundations are laid to provide support. It provides quick access to your home's wiring, pipes, and duct system. The down side of having this kind of foundation is that your are prone to moisture which can lead to mold and fungi growth.
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