The foundation of any home is its most critical, structural component. A strong foundation creates a base for the home’s weight, or load, to be distributed evenly. It’s sturdy and capable of withstanding seismic and wind energy. It also creates a moisture barrier for the home.
If, for any reason, you believe your foundation is no longer stable or is at risk, work with our foundation repair contractors to secure it. Understand that if your home’s foundation isn’t in good condition, every other structure above it could be at risk.
Types of Foundations
Numerous types of foundations exist. Often, the best foundation is made based on the type of soil and structure. For example, added reinforcements are often necessary for areas where the soil is not durable enough. From the type of foundation to sealcoating, it is best to work with a specialized provider to ensure the best outcome and longevity.
Driven pile foundations are made from a variety of materials, such as steel. These are designed for low-rise buildings. In this type of foundation, the pile is inserted into hard layers of soil so that it can provide the proper strength.
Pile foundation construction is an important option for areas near the coast or where there is a high risk of flooding, like for a beach house foundation. In this style, piers are set into the ground with beams that then connect one pier to the next.
Poured Concrete Foundation
One of the most common types of poured concrete foundations is concrete slabs between four and eight inches thick. They tend to be affordable and provide the best level of protection for many projects. A common option, poured concrete foundations often need sealcoating to add a layer of waterproofing to them.
What to Look for if You Suspect a Problem
Home foundation repair is not uncommon. Because foundations are designed to be super sturdy and durable, most people do not notice significant problems with them right away. Some of the most common problems noticeable with foundation damage include:
- Exterior cracks along the foundation walls, often increasing in size over time.
- Cracks in the sheetrock within the home, especially on foundation walls.
- Rotting wood if there is a pier and beam foundation in place.
- Doors that are no longer closing properly often seem to be out of the square.
- Window frames that are separating at the corners.
In situations where you notice any of these concerns, it is essential to seek out home foundation repair. The sooner the problem is cared for, the less overall damaging it may be.
In the most extreme cases, foundation demolition services may be necessary. This process enables a new foundation to be constructed that is sturdy and durable again. Our team will provide a comprehensive quote for any work needed to protect your home. Contact K.E. Braza Construction for a foundation inspection today!