Different Types Of Foundations Outlined For Homeowners
LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian Construction (www.julianconstruction.com), a foundation construction and foundation repair company operating in the Los Angeles area, recently issued a general announcement to homeowners about the importance of knowing the type of foundation a home is built on. Knowledge of this increases the homeowner’s understanding and recognition of potential foundation problems affecting the safety of a home.
According to Shawn Kyles, partner and safety specialist at Julian Construction: “When a foundation isn’t built properly or the soil that the foundation is constructed on expands and contracts, it can cause damage such as slopping floors, bowed walls, windows and doors that don’t open or close properly, cracks and other problems that can weaken the structure of your home. Inspections should be conducted on a regular basis by a home foundation specialist to determine if there are any issues that need resolving. Some degree of foundation settlement will occur even under ideal weather and property conditions, especially if it is an older home. Detecting and repairing even minor cracks and damage from foundation settlement is extremely important, and can prevent more serious problems that will require extensive and costly repairs.”
The types of foundations described in the article include:
* Crawl Space: Crawl space foundations, also called a raised foundation, are more common in the central parts of the country. It is a foundation that is built above the ground with approximately two feet of space for a person to crawl underneath.
* Basement: A basement has more room between the foundation and floor than a crawl space, usually enough for a person to stand up in. Basements are prevalent in cold areas, because the foundation needs to be constructed below the frost line, which is the depth that frost is able to penetrate the ground.
* Slab: Slab foundations are built using concrete, which is poured directly onto the ground. It is a single, solid piece of concrete and one of the most cost-effective and efficient types of foundations.
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Julian De La Torre, founder and owner of Julian Construction, stated: “The more you know about the conditions of your foundation, the more you can recognize a problem with it before it becomes serious. This depends on your knowledge to recognize it and on a competent foundation contractor who is an inspection expert; they can correctly determine the condition of the foundation and determine any needed repairs.”
Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at julianconstruction.typepad.com.