Foundation Series: Should I Build on a Concrete Slab?

Are you considering building a new home and you are not sure which foundation is best for you? Or, are you buying a home that is already built and you’re wondering which one is better to purchase?

In this series, we will discuss these foundation options:

  • Concrete Slab
  • Crawl Space

What is a Concrete Slab Foundation?

This slab foundation is made of concrete. They are often laid over soil-based areas by pouring the slab foundation mixture over the area and leaving it to harden.

A concrete foundation is better in a wet but not flood-prone climate where moisture might accumulate within a crawl space. The vapor barrier that lies beneath the slab will prevent mold growth from entering the home.

Concrete Slab Pros

There are multiple benefits of using a concrete slab as your foundation:

  • Better for moist climates
  • Prevents mold growth in the home
  • Steps are not necessary
  • Less expensive
  • Faster to construct
  • Less subject to pests and vermin
  • More energy efficient
  • Stronger and more durable

Concrete Slab Cons

Here are some of the cons of using a concrete slab as your foundation:

  • Cracks easily with shifting soil
  • Floods more easily
  • Ductwork and plumbing are less accessible
  • Can be damaged by tree roots
  • Repairs are more expensive

Back before the 1970s, homes were built with a crawl space structure or a full basement. Since then, however, concrete slab, foundations have become more popular.

Energy

A slap can help insulate a home by eliminating the free-flowing air under the floor that is present with a crawl space. This can save on heating and cooling bills. Even a well-insulated floor cannot help a crawl space match the energy savings of a slab foundation since outside air still circulates beneath the subfloor causing temperature fluctuations in the home.

Comfortability

A concrete slap makes for a hard surface  to stand and walk on. Even the best floor coverings will not make the floor as forgiving as a floor built over a crawl space. These floors, or at least the subfloors are usually wood. This makes them more comfortable walking surfaces.

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About Georgia Home Remodeling
Georgia Home Remodeling is a Gwinnett-based remodeling and renovation contractor company that has been serving Metro Atlanta and North Georgia since 1991. Originally created by company founder and president Chris Allen as a small painting company, GHR has since grown into a full-service custom remodeling and home renovation provider.

Georgia Home Remodeling is dedicated to providing great service and quality work at a fair price. From the initial contact until the job’s completion, we will be prompt, courteous and communicative, and will always do exactly what we promise to do at the price we quoted.

We are fully licensed and insured home renovation contractor, and our diverse and experienced crews include carpenters, painters, electricians, plumbers, flooring specialist, and HVAC professionals. Company president Chris Allen, who oversees and manages each GHR job, is also a Certified Graduate Builder, Certified Lead Carpenter and Certified Remodeler.

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