Is A Concrete Slab Appropriate For Your Construction Project? Call The Experts!
Construction of foundations is one of the most commonly sought after services from concrete contractors. There are 3 major foundation designs that are usually employed. These include: poured wall foundations, slab foundations as well as pier or pillar foundations. Briefly put, here’s what these major types of foundations entail:
1. Slab Foundations
These are quite simple and economical and are mostly preferred because they do not require the need for major excavations, foundations walls or footings. 3 variants of the slab foundation exist, namely: cold area, wet warm area and desert. For all three, the area is usually staked out with batter boards and the top layer of soil or sod is usually removed. The materials and tools used are quite similar to those used for typical pour slab foundations.
2. Pier and Pillar Foundations
Pier foundations are simply individual footers that are meant to support a structural beam or post. Simple pier foundations are usually utilized for small structures that are built using a crawl-space design. Anchor plates and bolts are usually secured into place in the pier footer before the concrete fully sets in. Attaching the beam or post is thus simplified and as such, results in the most strongest of applications. Pier foundations are more often than not, set deep into the ground to avoid the upheaval and shifting processes caused by perennial freeze and thaw cycles. To save on the amount of concrete that is used, a truncated pyramid shape is usually employed. Plywood or any other strong lumber can be used to construct the forms.
3. Poured Wall Foundations
Unlike block foundations, poured concrete foundations offer the advantage of possessing no joints or any weak points. Throughout the foundation, no mortar or hollow openings are in existence. This results in poured wall foundations presenting a number of benefits such as:
– Increased water resistance.
– Increased fire resistance.
– Design flexibility
– Ease of maintenance.
On the other hand, concrete blocks used to build block foundations are naturally hollow and so they tend to be more vulnerable to damage especially when subjected to high compressive or tensile stresses.
Ordinarily, in the construction of poured wall foundations, large and heavy wooden forms are constructed and secured properly to ensure that they can sustain the amount of pressure that they will be subjected to during the concrete pour. In one continuous pour, concrete is then poured into the foundation forms to ensure that there no weaknesses. Poured concrete foundations are usually strengthened by making use of reinforcing steel.
For vertical reinforcement, steel bars will already have been strategically installed into the footing before the concrete pour has been done. The rods used may be typically one and a half inches in diameter and they are usually directly connected to the poured concrete footer that the foundation rests on. On the other hand, horizontal reinforcement requires that the steel bars be horizontally placed in the upper and lower sections of the poured foundation walls. The reinforcing steel possesses a very high tensile strength of about 40,000 lbs per square inch. This horizontal steel helps prevent the formation of vertical cracks in the event that the foundation heaves or drops.
Benefits Of AAA Concreting’s Concrete Foundations
At AAA Constructing, we can build any of the above foundations all across the United States. The benefits of our concrete foundations include:
We believe that a concrete foundation is the element that holds a structure together. When it crumbles, the whole structure comes crushing. We therefore use high-quality products that ensure our concrete foundations don’t just last long enough, but last for a lifetime for the benefits of future generations.
We tailor the foundation to your project. For us, versatility is key. We will, therefore, make sure that your concrete stands out, and sets the pace in which other builders should follow to the letter.
We use super-standard products that are not only durable, but also highly friendly to the environment. We respect Mother Nature, thus, none of the materials we use will be harmful to the environment and its dwellings.
This is undoubtedly the major and most important characteristic of the concrete foundation we will construct for you. The main goal of any foundation is to be able to hold a structure firmly. This is primarily what ours do. With it, you can be lest assured that your structure can never be shaken even by the world’s most aggressive winds and earthquakes, thanks to our strong concrete reinforcement materials we will use.
The Foundation Construction Process
AAA Concreting provides you with an efficient diary in your structure’s construction process. Below are the steps we follow when building a concrete foundation in your compound:
Step 1: Ground-breaking and Excavation
In this step, we:
- Grade the whole lot and test it for compaction
- Dig enough trenches for the footings
- Set batter boards that level your structure
Step 2: Digging Footings, Setting the Rebar, and Pouring the Footings
In this step, we:
- Install the rebar using the best safety caps available in the modern market
- Pump the concrete
Step 3: Form Polysteel Stem Walls, Pour Stem, and Do Thorough Rough in Plumbing
In this step, we:
- Install polysteel blocks in which we pour insulated stem walls.
- Water Proofing
Step 4: Use Radiant Heat, Inspect Progress, and Pour the Slab
- Run the plumbing pipes underground and stub them up in their specific locations
- Weeping Tile/Drainage Pipe
- Lay a black plastic on the ground to act as a radon shield
- Pump ready concrete into place
Step 5: Site Clean-up, Grading, and Block Wall Construction
In this step, we:
- Clean up the site
- Construct a block wall and,
- Prepare the site for our framing experts
Why choose AAA Concreting For Your Concrete Foundations
- Quality of service
- Licensing and insurance
- Outstanding customer service
- Clear, concise, prompt, and two-way communication
The strength, stability and longevity of structures be it roads, bridges, houses, high-rise buildings, drive-ways, walk ways, patios etc. is solely dependent upon the quality of their foundation, and as such, it is not that hard to see why the foundation may be arguably the most crucial component of any building or structure. It is thus highly advised that prospective clients only engage the services of professional, certified concrete contractors as they alone can guarantee superior and cost effective workmanship in the creation of any foundation desired.
At AAA Concreting, we believe that the foundation of your structure is essential to its safety and value. We therefore do the construction using high-tech machinery and skilled workmanship, hence ensuring you get nothing but the best and the strongest. Call us today for more detailed and helpful information about the various types of foundations that are suitable for various projects, and be part of the most trusted concreting company in the United States.
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