When it comes to your foundation, you always want to choose a company that has experience in pouring foundations in many different ways and for many different purposes. Westminster Concrete Pros have been working with foundations since the very beginning and can help you choose the best materials and methods for a successful foundation. Building a foundation for the home is essential and one of the most important parts of building a home. There are many different types of concrete slabs, and which you choose will depend on the use intended for the slab. There are a few main types of foundations that we work with.
T-shaped foundations are typically used in areas where the ground is more likely to freeze. This is a traditional foundation method that is made to support colder climates. Its wider footing provides a more supportive base. This foundation is poured and given time to cure before the walls are built and concrete is added to fill the open space.
This single layer slab of concrete is generally several inches in thickness and much thicker around the edges. This forms an integral footing that often has reinforcing rods that help to strengthen the edge. This slab normally is set upon a layer of crushed gravel. This is help with drainage and prevent future water damage concerns. We will often put a wire mesh within the concrete so that cracking is reduced. This kind of slab is good for use in areas where temperatures are not low enough to freeze the ground, but can also be modified so that it is more suited to frosty climates.
This kind of foundation only works within a structure that is heated. Frost protected foundations depend on the use of two rigid sheets of insulation. One of the layers is placed along the exterior of the foundation while the other is laid on the gravel that makes up the base. This is to prevent freezing. Freezing can be a major issue in areas where frost during the winter is a common concern. This insulation layer will hold heat that comes from the structure and draw it to the ground. This will help to keep the freezing temperatures from affecting the area around the footing of the foundation.
Our professional team of concrete workers and foundation experts are here to help you with the decision-making process so that you can have the best foundation for the purposes that you need. We are the experts when it comes to choosing the best method for laying a foundation. If you would like a consultation for your next building project or addition, then feel free to give us a call and set an appointment.