Written by CHANCE Foundation Solutions on February 20, 2020
When building a new home, short-term decisions usually include what floor tile to use in the kitchen or which coverings to put on the living room bay windows. Few homeowners think about which type of foundation offers the best long-term stability.
Most homeowners defer this important decision to their contractors, believing the builder is best-suited to make that decision. While this belief is true, contractors can only make decisions using the information the homeowner provides.
However, with little to no information about the soil they’re building on, contractors cannot know whether any foundation will perform as it should; performing a proactive soil investigation can eliminate that uncertainty and allow the builder to choose the most beneficial foundation option.
Even though a soil investigation may seem like just another expense, it’s a crucial investment in the long-term stability and value of your home. Skipping this step can lead to foundation deterioration and significant remediation costs in the future.
Shallow foundations transfer the building load to soils at or near the surface. As the most common and least costly foundation options, they work in superficial soils (less than 5 feet deep) and are strong enough to support the building with acceptable settlement.
Don’t build your dream home on a shallow foundation before doing the following steps! Make these few conscientious decisions for more long-term savings on your home’s foundation.
It’s easy to gravitate toward prefab construction and shallow foundations but be a proactive homeowner. Make sure you can give your contractor a complete picture of your local soil conditions and understand that you have options when it comes to your home’s foundation.
To talk to your local Civil Distributor about soil conditions and foundation options in your area, go to our contact page.
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