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What to Know About Concrete Foundations

Kamil Jain

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Most foundations are made of concrete because the foundation needs to be durable. A concrete foundation also adds strength to the entire structure. This includes porches, patios, home foundations, building foundations, and driveways. When contacting a concrete contractor they can give you an estimate on what it will cost to pour your foundation but they will need to know what type of foundation you are having poured so have this information ready.

Some of the different foundations can include:

  • Frost protected insulation will be used with this type of foundation and is the stronghold of the foundation. This insulation is made of rigid polystyrene that is two sheets thick. The concrete construction company will put one sheet on the outer side of the foundation wall. The other sheet is laid flat at the base of the wall on the bed of gravel. This is done to help prevent freezing.
  • T-shaped this is the traditional foundation. The concrete pouring company uses it to support structures in areas where the ground freezes. To accomplish this there is a footing that is placed beneath the frost line. Once this is in place, the walls are built and then they place the slab.
  • Slab grade when using this foundation the slab is thicker on the edges of the foundation. By doing this, it forms a footing that is integral. To help to strengthen the edges they can use reinforcing rods. To improve drainage the slab rests on a layer of crushed gravel.

When figuring what it is going to cost to pour your concrete foundation there are other costs that need to be figured in addition to the price of concrete. One of the other costs to consider is the having the area where the foundation goes graded. This needs to be done so the area is smooth and ready to have the concrete poured. If you need to have the area leveled it can cost as much as fifty dollars an hour. The next cost would be to have a base on which to pour the concrete. This is normally a gravel base, which can cost approximately twelve dollars or more a cubic yard.

You will also need to have the foundation forms built so your finished project will be in the correct shape. When hiring a concrete construction company they will charge you to build these forms. On average it can cost a dollar per square foot to have them built. Having a concrete pouring company pour the concrete can cost approximately seventy dollars for a cubic yard.

About the author:

This article is penned by Mohit Jain who has worked in the concrete pouring industry for over 6 years now and is currently employed with Bama Concrete Finishing of Alabama. The company is one of the leading concrete companies providing the best drive way construction in the area. The company takes up both residential work and commercial work and offer services in Huntsville, Gadsden and Birmingham areas.

For any of your drive way construction or slidewalk construction needs feel free to call them at (256) 622-4466.


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