Pier and Beam Foundations
We do pier and beam as well as slab foundations. We know as well as anybody that what you build is only as good as what you build it on. Our philosophy is that every foundation in North Texas is piered or will be piered, so we start out of piering every foundation that we build, whether it be a piered slab foundation or a pier-and-beam foundation. Also, we use the highest quality concrete directly from our volumetric mixer, so we control how fresh our product is and exactly what goes into it. Make sure your home or your customers' homes are given the foundation to last for centuries!
Choosing What Type of Foundation is Best for You
First, you must evaluate the soil conditions in your area. Many people, because of local soil and groundwater conditions, often have only one or two options when it comes to house foundations. In certain places, constructing a full basement means blasting through solid rock. In other places, the ground water table may be lurking just a few feet below the surface limiting these folks to a simple slab on grade.
The slab on grade choice is very attractive to builders because of its relatively low cost. Excavation is kept to a minimum and the construction schedule can often be accelerated. The day after the slab is poured, wall framing can often begin.
But slabs come with some baggage. Frequently, plumbing drainage and water supply lines are buried beneath the slab. If something goes wrong or a leak develops, repairs can be costly. Heating or cooling ductwork buried underneath the slab can sometimes fill with water during wet seasons. Should this happen, mold can form and spores might be blasted into the home each time the air conditioner fires up. Thermal conduction issues are always present. Slabs poured in colder climates can conduct cold back into the house unless special precautions are taken. Homes built on slabs often offer little protection during tornadoes or hurricanes, unless a special masonry or concrete safe room is built within the house. These safe rooms can masquerade as a large walk-in closet.
Our company will not pour a slab foundation without piers. Piers are essentially holes filled with concrete that act as legs for the foundation. It minimizes shifting of foundations.
A foundation system that sports a crawl space is indeed a step or two above a slab foundation. These are also called pier-and-beam foundations. Generally speaking, a footing needs to be poured and short foundation walls are built to support the home. Some crawl spaces are indeed just that offering only 16 to 18 inches of clearance between the bottom of the floor joists and the soil. Other crawl spaces are tall enough to crouch in. Crawl spaces are a slight money saving option. Little time is saved during construction when a crawl space is selected in lieu of a full height foundation.
Crawl space foundations allow you to install plumbing and heating utilities so that they are accessible. Homes built over crawl spaces offer minimal protection in severe weather unless you can install a trapdoor in a closet that allows quick entry into the crawl space.
Ask any homeowner who has a dry full height foundation and they will often tell you they would never be without one. The cost per square foot for this bonus space is often a fraction of what you pay for the living space stacked above it. If you do an actual cost analysis of a full height foundation versus a crawl space, you will find it costs very little to upgrade to the full foundation. Talk to experienced Realtors or appraisers in the area. They will often tell you that full basements make a house more attractive to potential buyers.
A full foundation offers superb protection in the event of severe weather. During the wet season it is not a challenge to keep a basement bone dry. We simply apply a real waterproofing material such as synthetic rubber or liquid asphalt that has rubber additives. These materials can bridge small hairline cracks that might otherwise leak water. If you intend to finish off the basement space at a later date, be sure to install a true waterproofing material not the traditional hot asphalt dampproofing spray.
Monster Constructors does Pier and Beam Foundations all over the DFW metroplex, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Irving, Carrollton, Denton, Grand Prairie, Azle, Bedford, Benbrook, Burleson, Colleyville, Coppell, Euless, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Haltom City, Highland Village, Hurst, Keller, Lewisville, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, Southlake, University Park, Watauga, Weatherford, White Settlement, and surrounding towns and cities. Curious if you are within our scope? Contact us: Click Here.
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