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Though a foundation typically isn’t seen, it shouldn’t be forgotten. Foundations are extremely important during and after the construction of new buildings. The foundation transfers the weight of the roof, walls and floors to the ground below. It is “the lowest load-bearing part of a building, typically below ground level.” (Google)

Types of Building Foundations (Common in U.S.)

  • Crawlspace: Common in areas with heavy clay content in the soil. Offers little room between the soil and first floor.
  • Full-Height Basement: Common in cold climates. Offers more head room between the soil and the first floor.
  • Slab on Grade: Common in areas with a high water table. No room between soil and first floor. A concrete slab is poured on top of the grade.

Here in Maine, we experience frost and freezing and thawing temperatures. Foundations in our area need to be below the frost line to prevent damage as frost comes out of the ground.

Also, all foundations must be built to code. This means following the requirements and codes set by the city/town where the work is to be performed.

Benefits of Sound Foundation Design

Sound foundation design and installation are critical because it saves homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs in the future by avoiding serious structural problems.

Other benefits include:

  • Energy Savings (Insulated – reduced utility bills)
  • Water/Moisture Control
  • Termite Control
  • Radon Control (In areas where this is a concern)
  • Prevent Structural Damage (Related to faulty foundation)
  • Creation of Useable Space

Overview of Foundation Design

Several aspects go into the design of a foundation, some of which are left to the discretion of the homeowner.

  • Choose Foundation Type (Listed Above)
  • Use of Basement (Heated or Cooled)
  • Select Construction System (Concrete/Masonry/Wood)
  • Insulation Placement/Amount
  • Finalize Construction Details
  • Finalize Plans/Documents

Foundation Work in Central Maine

Contact Beaulieu Industries of Lewiston for a free on-site assessment and estimate of foundation work in central Maine. With 40+ years of experience in the construction industry, we’ll get the job done right and up to code at a fair cost.

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