Foundations – New Concrete
A poured concrete foundation is the most common type of home foundation.
A concrete slab foundation is formed by pouring a few inches of concrete with thicker edges to provide support. The slab normally rests on a bed of crushed gravel to improve drainage.
Foundation King also offers the option of concrete block foundations.
Block foundations use cinder blocks (8 x 8 x 16 inches) that are stacked on each other and cemented in place with mortar. The process starts on the top of the footings with each row forming its own course. The blocks are then reinforced with rebar placed vertically in the holes or cells and filled with concrete.
Block walls can also be used to form stem walls that support a slab above. When building stem walls, block courses on footings are set below grade and reinforced with rebar before concrete is poured in a continuous pour for a seamless, integral slab. Stem-wall slab foundations prevent water intrusion and the separation of the slab from the substrate that can be caused by uplift or hydrostatic pressure.
Both poured and block foundations are reinforced with rebar. With poured walls, a pencil vibrator is inserted into the slurry to vibrate the concrete into place and ensure there are no air pockets or voids left in the wall.
So whether you’re adding an addition or building a new house, Foundation King is your Kansas City area concrete expert for foundations. Call Foundation King today to schedule an estimate on your new concrete foundation!