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Our Brief Guide to the Different Types of Home Foundations

Our Brief Guide to the Different Types of Home Foundations
Our Brief Guide to the Different Types of Home Foundations

Foundations aren’t just important for keeping your home upright—they also contribute to effectively waterproofing basements. We summarize the different types of home foundations that contractors typically build for residential properties.

Basement Foundations

To build a basement foundation, contractors must dig at least eight feet deep. Then, they pour concrete, which will form the foundation’s base and walls. Basements in older homes may be constructed from bricks or concrete blocks. The best part about basement foundations is that they have a great return on investment: you and future homeowners can use the space as extra living or storage space, which is why basement foundations are so popular.

Concrete Slab Foundations

As the name suggests, these foundations are formed from slabs of concrete. Keep in mind that this type of foundation is built directly on the soil, so there’s no available space underneath the home. Concrete slab foundations are not only very common, but also inexpensive and easy to build. They’re also exceptionally sturdy; in fact, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors mentions that “the concrete compressive strength used in residential construction is typically either 2,500 or 3,000 psi.” Concrete slabs are ideal for areas that frequently experience flooding.


Crawl Space Foundations

Crawl space foundations have short foundation walls supported by footings, creating a small area three or four feet high under the house. While this space is uninhabitable, it provides easy access to pipes and utility lines and is comfortable to crawl on. A crawl space is typically made from brick and cinder block. Crawl space foundations are excellent in both dry and flood-prone climates as well as on sloped lots.

Although there are several different types of home foundations, all foundations share something in common: they’re all prone to damage over time. No matter which kind of foundation you have, if you notice any warning signs of foundation damage, be sure to contact your local basement waterproofing company for repairs. They’ll ensure your foundation continues to withstand the test of time!


Austin Werner

Austin Werner is the Owner of The Real Seal LLC, a basement waterproofing and foundation repair company. Austin believes that having a highly trained and happy team is the key to success. This is reflected through hundreds of 5 star customer reviews his company has received online.

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