If you are going to build walls, build a bonfire or just a mailbox, start with a solid base of concrete. Our concrete service for home improvement projects includes a base staff. We can handle all your residential concrete foundation needs. Most concrete problems, such as sinking, breaking or cracking, come from a poor foundation or surface preparation before pouring concrete. We do everything we can to avoid the type of cracks and collapse.
Footings are an important part of foundation construction. They are typically made of concrete with rebar reinforcement that has been poured into an excavated trench. The purpose of footings is to support the foundation and prevent settling. Footings are especially important in areas with troublesome soils.
This traditional foundation method is best suited for places where the ground freezes. Wide bases are placed below the frost line and narrower walls are added at the top. This difference in size adds support to the base of the base where you need it most. Usually, three separate concrete spills are required to create this base.
This base style consists of a single layer of concrete, several inches thick, that is poured onto a bed of crushed gravel. This slab is usually thicker around the edges to increase balance, and wire mesh is often added to the concrete to add support and reduce the risk of cracking. This style is more suitable for places where the ground does not freeze, but it is possible to add insulation to make it more suitable for all temperatures.
Frost protected foundations are designed to hold heat around the concrete footings to prevent them from freezing. They only work with a heated structure, and they require two sheets of polystyrene insulation (one outside the foundation wall and one at the base of the wall) to keep slab ongrade- style foundations from being vulnerable to colder temperatures.