Moving to a new part of country where rancher style homes are common.
Looking at one that is a slab floor (concrete pad no crawl space) Any
comments on this style of foundation? pro's or con's things to look out for
thanks for the help
Look for cracks in exterior and interior walls. Easy to see if brick
is used on the exterior. Pay attention to the material the slab sits
on. If it's heavy clay, you can expect slab cracking when the clay
hardens when dry and then expands when wet.
If I were considering a slab on grade house, I'd look at surface
drainage - particularly within say 15 feet of the slab edge and then
in a lot wide perspective. Water flow from the roof should be directed
well away from the house wall.
I would also check for the clearance between siding - or top of slab
with brick veneer - and grade.
I would want to know if the framing - at least what is in contact with
the slab - is pressure treated or borate sprayed for termites and rot.
Cracks in the slab can be termite entry points as well as signals of
Cracks in interior dry wall or exterior brick can signal structural
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