In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the common foundation types found on homes. There are a few different primary foundation types for modern homes today, each of which will have its own impact on several property factors – including nearby and connected concrete areas in many cases.
At Lift-Up Concrete Lifting LLC, we’re happy to provide a wide range of residential concrete lifting and leveling services to all our clients. We’ve dealt with every foundation type out there, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about your foundation and how our concrete repair services will help keep it protected and intact. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over a couple other foundation types and what you should know about their connection with nearby concrete surfaces and related care.
For those looking for a similar format to the basement foundation we went over in part one, but a more affordable alternative, the crawlspace foundation is often utilized. This refers to a foundation that involves several different small foundation walls on their own footings, each of which serves as its own miniature basement of sorts.
The crawlspace foundation uses much less concrete than the basement foundation, part of what makes it more affordable. Pillars will be formed from concrete, then placed in high-load areas. This style offers fantastic ventilation due to the space between pillars, which helps avoid moisture buildup, water damage and related mold concerns. There are fewer moisture-related concrete damage risks to these foundations as a result, though these still may exist in certain circumstances – including if the foundation is not properly ventilated, which can sometimes be the case if the foundation was constructed poorly.
Finally, newer and more modern foundation type that’s been growing in popularity for new homes in recent years is known as the pier foundation. This foundation type is made using several small square or circular concrete pads, placed on various points around the perimeter of the planned home. The pads are secured into the ground and connected to the home, supporting it in strategic locations that have high weight loads.
Pier foundations offer a few major benefits, including great support and long-term durability. As such, however, they tend to be the most expensive of the types we’ve gone over here. In addition, some homeowners with pier foundations notice creaking or sagging floors, plus may deal with ventilation issues. Speak to one of our concrete professionals about the potential benefits and drawbacks of a pier foundation for your space if you’re considering one.
For more on the different types of home foundation out there, or to learn about any of our concrete repair services, speak to the staff at Lift-Up Concrete Lifting LLC today.