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We Offer a large selection of Decorative Concrete Installation Service types:
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Stamped Concrete Wilmot New Hampshire (NH)
A concrete slab is a foundational structural component of many modern buildings, made from a solid rectangular slab of concrete designed to bear the weight of heavy materials. Concrete slabs can be manufactured from different types of concrete, including cement, sand, and loose-fill concrete (such as expanded polystyrene or polyurethane), although loose-fill concrete is considered more economical. Concrete slabs are normally made by pouring the concrete between two steel frames on top of each other, with the frames positioned above the earth’s surface. The concrete must be allowed to cure, which hardens it and creates a smooth surface. The concrete slab is then secured to the frame by a reinforcing steel bar.
Concrete slab foundations play an important role in the resale value of properties that include basement construction. In most areas of the country, basement remodeling is considered to be an expensive endeavor. The problem is compounded when a basement is below ground level. A concrete slab foundation is the most economic and most logical way to assure that the basement is safe for habitation. Less time is spent during basement preparation and repair, which can be costly. Also, if basement waterproofing isn’t done properly, water can enter the home through the siding of the house and end up in the basement, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage over the years.
There are several other key benefits of concrete slab foundations, although these are the most commonly cited ones. Of course, when a home has more than one level, the additional space under the foundation is of special concern. Here are the other five reasons why there is no space under the slab foundations.
Cold climates: Even in warm climates, concrete slab foundations may not be a good choice for homes in colder climates. Since heating bills are typically high during the winter, additional heating expenses must be incurred to accommodate extra heat. Even with the additional heating costs, homeowners must bear the additional expense in the form of higher electricity bills. For these reasons, in colder climates, it is often preferable to install a salt-based stain on the foundation to avoid damage.
Incorrect foundation site selection: When a slab foundation is not selected by the architect, builder, or homeowner, it typically takes more than just changing the location of the foundation to create a problem. As mentioned earlier, soil pressure typically increases along with changes in elevation. This means that changes in soil elevation alone can cause excess groundwater pressure. Groundwater is typically held in well-perfused soils, but excess groundwater pressure from soil movement can cause basement water flow problems. Other causes of foundation movement include ground sinking due to dynamic land movements, earthquakes, or shifting groundwater volumes.
Improper concrete finish: When concrete is poured properly, it provides a solid base on which to build a home. Unfortunately, concrete businesses and homeowners fail to realize that one major disadvantage to concrete is that it is porous. Water from rain, snow, or other weather-related sources can seep into the concrete joints. In fact, if water penetrates deep enough into concrete, it may weaken the concrete and cause it to crack or separate from the surrounding structure. This is especially true of crawl spaces, which are designed to drain away from the house.
Installing Concrete Slab Foundations: Installing concrete slab foundations in older homes typically take more time and cost more money. Newer homes are made with steel reinforcement to prevent additional damage due to potential movements in the foundation. Additionally, newer homes typically have a concrete slab floor that is less susceptible to expansion and contraction due to temperature fluctuations. These steps help to ensure the longevity of your basement and prevent costly repairs in the future.
Cost Savings: The concrete you install determines a lot of the overall cost of your basement. If you are able to reduce the concrete costs by as much as 40% by using a prefabricated slab, then you will pay significantly less in labor over the life of the house. Furthermore, the cost savings will be especially true in the long run. Prefabricated floors are less expensive to purchase in the long run because they do not require annual maintenance and inspections as concrete slabs do.
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