Chances are you either have a slab foundation or pier and beam foundation and as a homeowner you should know the difference between the two. It’s important to understand and differentiate the two types of foundations so that you can properly take care of them and to seek the right foundation repair solutions in case of foundation damage. Whether you have a slab foundation or pier and beam foundation, you need to understand the differences between the two.
Slab foundations which are also known as slab on grade foundations are basically a reinforced concrete pad poured on the ground at a home site. This type of foundation was introduced in the 1970s and most houses built after the 1970’s are built on slab foundation. These types of foundations are relatively easy to install and you don’t have to worry about any rodents or insects in your foundations. You also don’t get to experience any water problems under your house. On the downside, repairing pipes and wiring in the slab can be such a hustle and the slab can shrink with changing weather which might cause it to sink or even crack.
Pier and Beam Foundations
Pier and Beam Foundations are foundations that are built on concrete piers or wood posts and incorporate a crawl space. Pier and Beam foundations were very popular before the 1960s so most houses built before the 60s have pier and beam foundations. These types of foundations are much easier to relevel if any movements occur and it’s easier to add wiring or plumbing under the house. Piers and beams are also less susceptible to damage caused by ground shifting. These foundations are prone to experiencing water issues in the crawlspace, bugs and rodents and wood rot is a big problem is the wood is not properly treated.
Contact a foundation contractor to make sure your slab foundation or pier and beam foundation is in excellent condition. Call California Foundation Works on 323-418-2239 to schedule a free foundation inspection and estimate.