I was wondering if someone could explain to me the advantages and
disadvantages of poured foundations vs. block foundations. I am interested
only in building on a full basement but will likely build a garage on a slab
as well so please include info. about slabs as well.
How accessible are each type to the inexperienced owner-builder?
What are some of the options available for forms?
Which provides greater structural stability and long term durability?
Which has greater potential for insulation?
Which provides better moisture protection?
Any recommendations for masonry books, websites suppliers?
Foundations and concrete flat work are two things best left to pros - they
have to be done right the first time.
If you are located in the eastern half of the US, take a look into this
system http://www.superiorwalls.com/ - they offer a complete service that
includes engineering, soil analysis, design, and installation. Precast,
Pre-insulated, and installed in one day after excavation is completed. Cost
competitive with CMU and cast-in-place.
I agree with this! I have worked with concrete crews and have nothing
but respect for the hard work and skills they bring to the job site.
I'm not afraid to do most any building skill but leave this to the
Once you order the mud and them trucks start lineing up you want to
make sure that it gets poured fast and right.
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