Building a new home? Here are a few things to help you understand the "guts" of your house. In this particular case, the foundation.
In case you didn’t know yet, the house foundations are the system on where the home lies. Oftentimes, the foundation lies upon the footings and holds the floor system – as with traditional foundation piers and walls. With any good foundation, it starts with excavating.
If your home will require a foundation (which it will), then it will need to be dug – or in other words, excavated. The potential issue of excess dirt should be addressed. You need to plan ahead so that you’re not stuck with costly hauling charges in order to get rid of it. Excavating your basement is performed by a man on a dozer. He will be the one who will ramp into and out of the holes. You will want to have somebody there who understands how to make use of a the equipment and plan ahead so the hole is dug to the right and appropriate depth.
Kinds of Foundations
Concrete Foundations – Concrete foundations walls are sought after in the different areas of the country, as well as here in Florida. At the same time it is mostly used if there is a basement or crawlspace. Metal or wood forms are set in the footings. This kind of foundations is utilized to safeguard the exterior walls. It can also be done with blocks (also very common).
Wood Foundations – If you are one of those people who is planning to use Wood Panel Foundation system, consider this with caution. There are some reasons you don't see them very often. They have a short life span many times, can be weak, and rot easily. One of its advantages is that it offers is the ability to get your house foundation in throughout bad weather and it’s quick to install too.
Pier Foundations – Houses with pier foundations are a typical class of foundations here in Florida. They are basically posts set in the ground. The majority of us are acquainted with this kind of foundation, which is mostly observed in beach houses.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL