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Foundation Services

Most likely, your home happens to be your biggest investment in your portfolio. Like any investment, you need to start with a solid foundation. Building the foundation of your house is one of the most important tasks while building your house. If the foundation is not properly laid then the entire structure will be unstable. A well-laid foundation is absolutely essential for a house. Failure to install appropriate foundations underneath can result in shifting, or even destruction of a structure under adverse weather conditions. Depending on the area of the country you are in, earthquakes, frost, and moisture must all be taken into account when thinking about building foundations.

Every masterful architectural structure is built on solid foundations that will ensure the longevity of the building or home over time.

A conventional perimeter foundation has a poured concrete wall supported by a poured concrete footing. Both are strengthened by steel reinforcing rods (sometimes called rebar). This type of foundation is used in connection with both raised floors and slabs.

The foundation is usually made of poured concrete, but other materials may be used depending where you live.

A house needs a foundation to shoulder its considerable weight, provide a flat and level base for construction and separate wood-based materials from contact with the ground-contact that would otherwise cause rot and allow termite infestation.

Excavating & Site Work
We offer Site-Work if required. Site work is the placement of products, materials, utilities and accessories that go into the land around the house, or on the site that the house will be built on.

There's always a few things to consider when excavation gets underway. Definitely keep an eye on the trees you've decided to save.

Key parts with Site-Work include breaking ground where the footing and foundation will be poured along with drainage. Crushed stone plays a key role for both drainage and a driveway giving contractors and yourself access to your future home.

Footings
The bottom part of a foundation is called a footing (or footer). The footing is generally wider than the foundation wall and is located about 12 inches below the frost line.

Drainage
For the drainage system that protects the foundation, a drain tile is installed across the footings at several points, embedded right in the concrete. Drain tiles are ran around the outside of the footings to keep water from collecting at the bottom of the panels. The water is then diverted down into pea rock where it drains away.

Specifics
Foundation walls are one of the most important structural elements of your home. They must be strong and supported well before you place vast amounts of heavy soil against them. The backfill soil can quickly crack or push in a concrete wall that is not strong enough to resist the force of the dirt.

Backfill dirt that is placed against the foundation wall causes a lateral or sideways movement. Vertical steel bars add enormous strength to poured concrete and help prevent horizontal cracks that are caused by soil pressures. Lateral pressure can also be caused by heavy machinery that places the dirt against the walls. An inexperienced heavy equipment operator can crack a new foundation wall by pushing dirt into the void space against the wall instead of gently dropping it in from above.

Concrete
Concrete has been a successful building material for centuries. Concrete foundations need to be durable to support the building that is built above. Poured concrete foundation walls come in all sizes, thickness, heights and widths. As concrete gets taller, it must get thicker. All of these dimensions are interrelated.

We use only Certified Concrete normally 3000-3500PSI and use local suppliers.

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Concrete is a mystical building material. It often arrives at a jobsite in a truck pre-mixed and ready to pour. Typically it has the consistency of cooked oatmeal, but hours later it resembles damp solid rock. This transformation happens because of a chemical reaction that starts to happen the instant water is added to the Portland cement powder. The hydration chemical reaction causes microscopic crystals to grow that connect all of the sand and gravel to one another.

The trouble is, this chemical reaction continues for weeks and even months after the concrete truck leaves the jobsite. In fact, standard concrete that is moist cured under ideal conditions often only achieves 40-45 percent of its design strength after three days. After seven days, it should hit 75 percent of its final design strength. To get to 100% of it design strength, you often have to wait 28 days or more. These numbers assume temperatures at or near 70F.

In cold weather the strength-building process can slow considerably and even stop completely if the temperature gets very cold. Once the weather warms up, the concrete starts to strengthen again on its own so long as it still retains moisture. Normally, additives are mixed when pouring during cold months.

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