Concrete slab foundations are ideal and one of the most preferred choices. With any project, it is a good idea to weigh the pros and cons on how you'll be utilizing a concrete slab foundation.
Advantages of concrete slab foundations:
- Concrete slabs are built on a grade over undisturbed soil. It makes the labor, excavation and forming costs lower.
- Projects are done quicker due to non extensive excavations.
- Pests are unable to nest under a property since the structure sits on a concrete slab.
- Plumbing leaks will not affect a slab like other structural materials.
- Slabs are excellent at being insulators, which will keep heating and cooling bills to a minimum.
- Less risk of flooding, unless structure is near a floodplain.
- Gas leaks are less likely since pipes are located outside of property.
Disadvantages of concrete slab foundations:
- Your typical systems, duct work, heating ventilation and air conditioning will have limited access.
- Slab removal is necessary to repair any utilities such as plumbing or electrical.
- If property has poorly designed landscaping, tree roots can grow into the slab causing slabs to buckle or crack.
- Houses with slab foundations typically have significant more damage during natural disasters, such as earthquakes.