Concrete Slab Foundations

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. ┬áIt 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.

 

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