Foundation Contractor & Foundation Stabilization
Certistruct is here to help you establish a foundation that is worth building upon. A home can only be as good as its foundation. We also help homeowners stabilize their foundations and make their lives easier and worry-free for years to come. Our innovative techniques and skill in a variety of materials and methods make us your best option for residential or commercial repairs. Over the years we have both built and repaired many foundations, and this has helped to develop an intimate understanding with the entire process. From site development to the completed stages of foundation development, you can trust us with your foundations.
No matter what your concern, you can be confident that our staff will diagnose the problem and offer the best, most cost-effective solution. Our friendly technicians will make the process easier, giving you exactly what you want.
The choice of a home foundation depends on the soil type of the construction site. Homes that are built on poor soil conditions may require a deep foundation, whereas most sites only require a shallow foundation. Climate is another factor to consider when choosing a foundation. Some types of foundations do not perform well in flooding or cold temperatures.
What are The Different Types of Foundations
A poured concrete foundation is the most common type of home foundation, according to BobVila.com. A concrete slab foundation is formed by pouring a few inches of concrete with thicker edges to provide support. According to ConcreteNetwork.com, “The slab normally rests on a bed of crushed gravel to improve drainage.” The slab is poured all at one time and is ideal for use in areas where the ground does not freeze in the winter.
- Poured Concrete Foundations
- Permanent Wood Foundations
Permanent wood foundations have been used since the 1960s, and according to Toolbase, “manufacturers are now recommending treated plywood and lumber as an alternate material for crawl space, basement and stem wall foundations.” The foundations are made of preservative-treated wood that is very lightweight, decay-resistant and easy to install. A permanent wood foundation does not require concrete pouring or casting, which makes the process much more convenient. Additionally, the foundations are easy to insulate and moisture-resistant. More than 300,000 houses in the United States utilize permanent wood foundations.
- Raised Foundations
Raised foundations are necessary in coastal areas that receive large amounts of rain and are prone to flooding. Raised foundations require careful planning, because they must be able to both support the home and provide protection from moisture. There are two types of raised foundations: pier-and-beam and stem wall. A pier-and-beam foundation uses concrete or brick blocks that are reinforced with footings. The blocks are placed approximately 8 to 12 inches apart and raise the home above the flood line. A stem wall foundation is similar, except that the footings are continuous rather than spaced.
Looking to get started? Don’t sit idly by while your foundation descends into the ground. Call us today or contact us online to schedule an appointment! We will evaluate the state of and circumstances around your foundation and determine the best course of action for you! We also offer Free Estimates for all projects.