3 Things You Should Know About a Concrete Foundation

Are you considering a concrete foundation for your business or industrial property? Though the concept is similar, this type of construction varies from the process used in building a house foundation.

The foundation of a commercial structure is absolutely essential, safely connecting the building to the ground. And, while nearly everyone knows what a foundation is, most miss out on vital knowledge like how it’s made and what types of foundations there are to choose from.

If you’re investing in real estate or starting a construction project, this is one structural point that you’ll want to be absolutely certain of. Keep reading for all that you’ll need to know before making an informed decision about your property or project.

The Purpose of a Solid Foundation

Your building’s foundation transfers its weight to the earth below it. Equal load distribution is absolutely essential to keep your structure standing upright – a famous example of failure on this point is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, in Italy.

A foundation also anchors the structure against natural forces like storms and natural disasters. And it prevents the building from being overloaded. This stabilizes the entire structure from the outside and prevents collapse.

Hiring expert concrete foundation contractors ensures your building’s safety and stability, helping to prevent a wide variety of potential disasters.   

Modern Construction Matters

Modern foundations use reinforced concrete and footings for added stability. These extensions are made from concrete reinforced with rebar, poured into dug-out trenches. Their purpose is to support the structure’s foundation and prevent it from settling or sinking into the ground over time.

All foundations require excavation ahead of construction. This process includes the removal of all debris like tree stumps and stones, as well as existing structures. During excavation, any holes or low spots will also be filled with compacted soil.

Once clearing and compacting is finished, the construction of the foundation is ready to begin. Then, you’ll be ready for a wide variety of concrete building projects

Concrete Foundation Types

T-shaped foundations are good for supporting tall buildings in climates that have seasonal freeze and thaw cycles.

For this type of foundation, a flat footing is built just below the frost line. Then, the foundation and walls are built on top. T-shaped foundations use walls that are slightly wider than the footings, providing an extra level of support. 

Frost-protected-shallow foundations are also used in cold climates.

For this type of construction, concrete contractors place insulation on the foundation’s exterior. The foundation sits 12-16 inches below the surface of the earth, making it an affordable option with low excavation costs. Frost Protected shallow foundations should only be used in buildings with internal heating systems. 

Slab on grade foundation should only be used in areas that don’t have freezing weather. This foundation type uses concrete poured to form a slab. This pad is flat and several inches thick, providing stability and a level surface on which to build.

Your High Concrete Company

With this article as your guide, you’re ready to start planning your project.

For the best concrete foundation work possible, contact BuildPro STL Construction or call (314) 499-8181. We are the Midwest’s premier concrete contractor with decades of experience in high-end construction projects. And, our friendly team is standing by to help with whatever you might need.

Our work is built to last and look beautiful for years to come – and we guarantee it. 

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