Foundation Contractor: House Foundation - Footings

Foundation Construction

Foundation Contractor - Portland, CT ProjectA home, deck, garage, or commercial building is only as good as its foundation and concrete footings.

 

Our Foundation Contractors know what it takes to make an everlasting foundation for any application and all of them have between 10 to 30 years experience.

 

The majority of our foundation work is for home additions, which happens to be the most difficult type of foundation construction, because we are mating the existing old foundation to our new foundation.

 

A good foundation does not leak and it easily supports the structure above. We have experience mating our new foundations to much older applications, such as field stone foundations.

 

With our concrete forms, we have the ability to do any type of new construction, home addition, garage, and most commercial building foundations in CT. Contact Us for a FREE Estimate.

 

Why Should You Do Your Foundation Foundation Construction- Rocky Hill, CT ProjectConstruction With Us?

Simply Additions has ZERO complaints filed from its residential and commercial customers. We highly believe that customer service is the most important quality of any company. Research and compare our history with the CT Better Business Bureau and Consumer Protections.

 

Once you have researched every foundation contractor you are considering for your project, your contractor of choice will become clear.

 

What Makes Our Construction Company Unique?

 

We have been awarded several awards for our outstanding customer service and commitment to our customers by the Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and the CT Better Business Bureau.

 

Common Foundation Terms

Concrete Foundation Diagram

Foundation - Basement
A house with a basement starts with a hole about 8 feet deep. At the bottom of the hole is a concrete slab, and then concrete or cinder-block walls form the outer walls of the basement. Actually, a basement is poured in three pieces in most cases: the "beams," then the walls, and then the slab inside the walls. This approach helps keep the basement waterproof. The L-shaped piece is a steel reinforcing bar to bind the beam and the wall together.

 

Foundation - Crawl Space
A crawl space has several advantages over basements and slabs:
It gets the house up off the ground (especially important in damp or termite-prone areas).
It is a lot less expensive than a basement and comparable in price to a slab.
Duct work and plumbing can run in the crawl space, meaning that they are easy to service and move over the lifetime of the house.

 

Foundation - Slab
The slab is probably the easiest foundation to build. It is a flat concrete pad poured directly on the ground. It takes very little site preparation, very little formwork for the concrete and very little labor to create. It works well on level sites in warmer climates -- it has problems up north because the ground freezes in the winter and this freezing can shift the slab at worst and at least lead to cold floors in the winter.

 

Footing
A footing is commonly used to provide a stable base around the entire perimeter of a structure. A footing supports the weight (load) from the exterior or foundation walls. The footing thickness provides the strength needed to support the weight. The wider width of the footing base creates a large area to transfer this weight to the ground and to prevent settlement.

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