We all want to save as much money as possible. If you fall into this cautious category, feel no guilt, it is all very natural. Such tendency to economize and get a million stuff fixed with possibly a cent extends to when we build our homes. We would look for the most cost economic alternative, quick, ready and manageably efficient. One of such more affordable options is using slab foundation in building our homes.
In Texas, it is very easy to come across homes built on slab foundations. In fact, it is almost the entrenched construction norm to go with slab foundations. Aside the cost dimension, the composition of most soils especially we have in Texas are compatible with slab foundations.
Yet we can’t cover the downside and possible vulnerability with the applaudable fact that slab foundations are affordable. Slab-on-grade foundations are prone to some certain deficiencies. Let us examine some downsides of slab foundations that you should righty consider when making the choice of which foundation type to go with.
Slab foundations are worrisomely vulnerable to shifting
Shifting happens to be one of the most notorious vulnerabilities of slab foundations. Slab foundation depending on the soil type is susceptible to uneven shifting. The reason for this is not too distant. Slab foundations are essentially shallow in depth. Therefore when the soil beneath this foundation starts expanding, then it is going to be distorted as well. Now the uneven contraction and expansion of the soil beneath when sustained can mount dangerous pressure on the foundation. Such pressure can dovetail into further maladies like settling and possibly sinking.
Slab foundations suffer a lot from soil moisture
We must also recognize that soil moisture is an important parameter that we must factor into consideration when constructing foundations. Uneven soil moisture has the propensity to harm the foundation in the long term. In most normal conditions, there is increased wetness in the soil under the foundation when compared to the wetness that is around the foundation (talking about its perimeter).
Such uneven soil moisture can bring problems in like the slab foundation eventually bowing. Such that the soil about the perimeter of your foundation gets dried quicker. Eventually, this can cause shrinkage.
Tree roots find an easy of infiltrating slab foundations
Trees are always beautiful to have around your home. But in their convivial vegetative beauty, the roots have their way of sneaking into your foundation underground. Such sneaking tree roots could be as a result of a gravitational search for water in the soil.
Slab foundations more easily find themselves as ready preys to the infiltration of tree roots especially as the roots would readily sneak into the already existent cracks in the slab foundation. This would eventually cause damages as these tree roots would expand the cracks eventually threatening the integrity of your foundation and your home at large.
All these, however, shouldn’t be seen as deterrent to choosing slab foundations. It just calls for more caution as well emphasis in the process of construction and due maintenance. Are you having problems with your slab foundation? Why don’t you get experts to fix it today. Give us a call immediately.