Foundation Types

Foundation Types

Without thinking too hardly, on average, we all know that every home has a foundation; every home needs a foundation. We just really haven’t given much thought to the many types of foundations and how a contractor may determine which is best for your home. We all know what we want in a home, like a finished basement, but we don’t typically take into account the foundation type.

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What is a Home Foundation?

A home’s foundation is typically made of concrete and anchors the home to the ground, holding it in place. It is the lowest, widest, load bearing structure in the entire home because it needs to be spread across the entire square footage of the home and be strong enough to manage the weight of the structure that is placed upon it. Every structure we see from bridges to sky scrapers, have foundations.


Concrete Slab Foundations

This is the most common foundation type for modern homes, and the most affordable. It may not be ideal for colder cities in North Carolina living though; this is because slab foundations work best for warmer climates as the foundation may crack if the ground freezes, during winter. The ground freezing will burst pipes that have been sealed into the foundation, when it was being constructed.

Basement Foundations

This foundation type will cost you a ‘pretty penny’ as they are traditionally very costly to construct. They give you added square footage but, especially in the Carolina climate, basements tend to develop flooding and issues with mold if they aren’t cared for properly.

slab foundation

Crawl Space Foundations

Crawl space foundations have all the good things of having a basement foundation, there is ventilation under the home that keeps it cool in the warm months but it still has the issue of moisture getting trapped underneath the home and causing issues. The utilities that may run under your home are however easier to repair, in the event, any of them get damaged. Another con of having a crawl space foundation is the loss of heat during the cold months; because of the space between the ground and the home, this can cause the home to lose heat during those cold months when us Carolinians really want to keep the heat.

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