Concrete Slab Foundations: An Overview

Posted on: 26 June 2023

Your home's foundation supports your house. There are three basic types of foundations: concrete slab foundations, basement foundations, and crawl space foundations. Learn about the pros and cons of all three foundation types to learn which type of foundation is right for your new home construction. 

Concrete Slab Foundations  

Concrete slab foundations consist of one large piece of concrete, making it one of the easiest types of foundation to install. Being easy to install, it's also the least expensive foundation option. While extremely strong, the concrete can crack if it encounters freezing temperatures. For that reason, concrete slab foundations aren't as common in cold climates as they are in warm climates. Concrete slab foundations make it difficult to access underground pipes when they need repair. If the concrete cracks, the entire foundation will need to be repaired instead of one part of it. You also don't get any additional living space from a concrete slab foundation.  

Basement Foundations 

A basement foundation is an underground floor to your home that usually consists of the same material as the rest of your home. Unless your home is on a slope, the windows won't receive much light (if any), which can make the space feel cold and dark. Basements are also the most expensive foundation option. However, homeowners get the valuable advantage of more living space if they finish the basement. In order to finish the basement, you'll need to install the plumbing, wiring, walls, and floors before adding the final touches. The basement will need advanced waterproofing protection, especially in climates that get a lot of rain and snow. 

Crawl Space Foundations

Crawl space foundations are the one option that elevates the house, which is a great advantage. With the house elevated, there's less risk of water damage from groundwater. There's also less risk of pest infestations. Finally, there's easy access to underground pipes. Crawl spaces are only small enough to crawl through, so they don't provide a lot of space. Still, some people will store things in the crawl space. Crawl spaces are less expensive than basement foundations, but more expensive than concrete slab foundations. 

When you want to build a house, you need to start with a solid foundation. Literally. You have many choices for your foundation. In order to make the right choice for you, consider the weather in your area. 

To find out more, contact concrete foundation services today.