Why choose a pier and beam base?

Building a house is an exciting business. Homeowners can choose from wall coverings, floor materials, upgrades, room sizes and windows and doors. But what most homeowners do not know is that building a home starts from the ground up, from the foundation.

The most important step in building a new home is to choose the most efficient and safe foundation for your property location. Doing foundation research is essential to securing the structure of your new home. Some contractors have knowledge of foundations and will help you choose the most suitable one for your home. But with the salient advantages, you must know some of the disadvantages as well.

Two foundation choices a new homeowner should be aware of are grade foundations and piers and beams based on slabs. The two are very different in terms of construction, cost and durability.

Slab-grade foundations are made of reinforced concrete and are generally shallow, quick to build and inexpensive. Slab contraction joints should intersect at the openings for columns. Slab contraction joints should intersect at the openings for columns. The main disadvantage for the grade foundation on the slab is that it does not withstand seasonal movement changes and moisture distribution due to early growth. In other words, slab foundations are not a long-term option for homes in North Texas. Another disadvantage is that usually all pipelines are placed under the slab foundation, which can be a very costly procedure if a water pipe explodes.

Pier and beam foundations, on the other hand, are graded several steps above the grade foundation on the slab. Pier and beam foundations include a crawling space under the house (usually at least 18 inches) and feet filled with concrete to support the slab. This type of foundation is not considered a time saver, but it is safer and more convenient. The concrete slab allows crawling space to access heated and plumbing utilities without cracking. Towers are less likely to cause damage to foundations due to landslides, which is a problem for many North Texas homes with slab foundation experience. In the event of a marginal landslide, the foundation can be easily repaired, and many homes in North Texas will have to deal with the process, which is much less expensive than slab foundation repairs.

As pier and beam foundations leave homeowners walking on a suspended wooden platform, they are more comfortable on body joints. Pier and beam foundations are preferred because they cause less back pain than slab foundations.

Pier and beam foundations are generally used for houses built in the northern part of the country because the climate is characterized by freezing and thawing conditions. This condition requires that the foundation be built deep into the ground. The safety feature here is that deep foundations are rarely affected by climate change. But the transfer territory in North Texas makes it the best, long-term choice for area foundations.

Monster Constructors are professionally known for laying tower and beam foundations on the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex. They will inspect the site where the house is to be built to decode the best foundation for the area.

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