New Foundation Construction Done RightDec 27, 2016
In many ways, our business is dependent on contractors who don’t realize how dynamic a building’s foundation can be. No one would need foundation repair in South Carolina, or anywhere else for that matter, if forethought was given to how a new structure’s foundation may change over time. At CNT Foundations, while we are certainly capable of repairing older foundations that have settled and shifted over time, we recommend keeping the possible problems associated with foundation movement in mind when building a new project. As with most things in life, prevention is easier than repair, and much less expensive in the long run.
Does a New Building Really Need Extra Foundation Support?
To guarantee that a new foundation stays in place for the life of the building, it is important to think about how the foundation might change over the building’s lifespan. Working to prevent foundation movement before it can begin isn’t usually the first thought when constructing a new building, but taking preventative measures early can greatly reduce headaches and repair costs in the future.
Even on stable ground, it is still a good idea to reinforce the building’s foundation. Even stable ground can still settle or shift in the right conditions, leading to unexpected foundation problems that could have been avoided with a bit of foresight. On unstable ground, the need for reinforcement is even more important. Although each situation and building is different, we commonly use helical piers to stabilize new construction projects being built on unstable soil. Due to their cost effectiveness, strength, and ease of installation, we recommend helical piers for many stabilization projects. Because piers are drilled deep into the ground and are held in place by the deeper, stronger layers of bedrock in the earth, they can support foundations atop even the most unstable ground.
Finding the Right Concrete Foundation for Your New Building
As the premier concrete contractor in South Carolina today, we know that the right foundation makes all the difference when it comes to the stability of a new building. The correct concrete foundation for your building will depend on the building’s size and the ground stability surrounding it. A residential home, for example, may only need a shallow foundation while a larger commercial building will usually need a deeper, more secure slab in place. If that same commercial building was in an area prone to settlement, we would recommend helical piers for added stability. Increasing the stability of a new building doesn’t end with helical piers, however. High-quality footers, for example, can be installed to ensure increased structural integrity as well.
While your foundation’s future may not be the first thing on your mind when starting a new construction project, it definitely shouldn’t be forgotten. Let CNT Foundations put our expertise to work for you by surveying the site, determining what method would work best for securing your building’s foundation, and then implementing the solution. We started out as a general contracting company and are well versed in carrying out projects from start to finish. Call us today for a free estimate to see how we can save you money in the future.