Safe and Sound Concrete Foundations Avon Lake OH
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Safe and Sound Concrete Foundations
A proper foundation pour is crucial before building begins.
The foundation for your new home or addition is perhaps the most critical step in the building/remodel process. A good, solid, structurally sound foundation will provide you with years of worry-free living in your new home. Or master bedroom! That being said, it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to get your foundation done correctly. What may seem cheaper now can cost you much more than peace of mind later. Therefore, unless you are an experienced builder, I recommend seeking out a good, knowledgeable contractor to do the work.
Nonetheless, here are some important factors to keep in mind when setting up your foundation or discussing it with your contractor. A foundation consists of footings and the foundation walls. Footings will be placed directly on the soil and the walls will be built up from there. Therefore, the first important step in building any new structure is excavation. Your footings will need to be placed on bedrock or good, well-compacted soil, so you'll want to make sure you dig deep enough to bypass soft, water-prone topsoil or sand. Doing this will prevent your foundation from settling under the weight of the house, which can cause cracks in the foundation and present some very expensive problems.
Another factor regarding the depth of the foundation walls is the frost line. Before you break ground on your new home or addition, be aware of the frost line for your area. This ...
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