Providing stability, ensuring structural integrity, and providing resistance to water and decay are all functions of a building’s foundation. The concrete footings, which are the first point of contact between the ground and the structure, are constructed first. Secondly, foundation walls are placed on top of these structures. This guarantees the even weight distribution throughout the foundation and protects buildings from soil erosion.
There are many types of foundations; the most common types are concrete block foundations and poured concrete foundations. Each has its own set of characteristics and advantages.
Poured Concrete Foundations
Poured concrete foundations make use of timber wall forms that are constructed on top of foundational footings. These function as moulds that determine the shape of the foundation walls. These timber walls are built around vertical and horizontal steel rebar supports for reinforcement. Following that, concrete that has been mixed on-site is poured to lay the foundation. When the concrete cures or solidifies, the timber is removed, leaving a solidified concrete barricade that holds back the terrain surrounding the home.
- Time Efficiency: Concrete foundations are very quick to pour once the preparation is complete.
- Water Resistance: Due to their strength and density and lack of jointing points in the structure, poured foundations are great for minimising leaks and moisture.
- Lateral Strength : Because of an increased lateral strength, poured foundations have very efficient at withstanding pressure from the surrounding terrain.
Large hollowed cinder or concrete blocks are often used to construct block foundations. The type and size of blocks used largely depend on the intended structure’s location and weight load. To optimise strength and stability, blocks are installed in a running bond pattern with reinforcing steel bars. Due to the hollow nature of cinder blocks, this sort of foundation is often reinforced with rebar. Once the rebar is vertically threaded through the cinder blocks, the surrounding spaces will be filled with concrete. Rebar isn’t necessary for smaller landscaping projects but is often used for block foundations that support heavy residential, commercial and industrial structures. Structurally, these foundations are capable of a more even weight distribution than poured concrete foundations.
- Straight Forward Process: There’s nothing complicated about it. It’s easier to prevent errors by laying walls one block at a time without the need for special equipment or machinery.
- Easier To Transport: Cinderblocks are lighter and easier to transport than all of the materials and equipment needed for pouring concrete.
- Reinforced Foundations: When strengthened with rebar, this type of foundation can withstand enormous vertical loads, where concrete slabs might form air pockets or cracks under the same loads.
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