How to Choose a Quality Concrete Foundation for Your New Home

concrete foundation being laid

When it comes to designing and building your dream home, make sure you don’t skimp on quality. From choosing the right contractors to partnering with reputable interior designers, make smart decisions that pay off once your house is complete.

For starters, we always recommend choosing a quality foundation for your home, and getting it laid by a team of professionals. A set of super flat slabs will make things much easier for your team of builders. As a result, your home will be built seamlessly with structural soundness intact.

In light of the recent earthquakes in Christchurch, the task of selecting a quality concrete foundation has become even more imperative. Simply put, you can’t afford to take any risks. By partnering with experienced concrete finishing specialists, you can rest assured that you’re putting your home’s stability and steadiness in the right hands.

If you’re struggling to decide which concrete foundation is right for your home, we’ve created a guide to help you get started. Continue reading.

1. Focus on the Soil

In many cases, homeowners select a concrete foundation for their home without testing it first. Avoid making this critical mistake at all costs. We recommend performing a soil survey and taking note of the conditions to gauge the performance of the different foundations you have in mind. Your team will build holes at multiple points across the site. Once the results come in, you can determine how to proceed.

Make sure you run this test, no matter how tight the schedule may be. This process shouldn’t be overlooked under any circumstances. It also shouldn’t be performed haphazardly. In other words, ensure that each test is performed assiduously with attention-to-detail. The results should be carefully noted and the utmost care should be taken to ensure precision and accuracy along every step of the way.

2. Understand the Types of Concrete Foundations

concrete foundation being laid

Following the earthquakes in Christchurch, experts have been conducting extensive scientific and geotechnical tests to understand land issues. As they work towards improving building standards, homeowners are being encouraged to make informed decisions regarding the foundation they choose for their home.

There are generally three main types of concrete foundations: slab-on-grade, T-shaped, and frost protected. Slab-on-grade foundations are monolithic, i.e., they’re poured together at once. They also have thicker edges. T-shaped foundations are ideal for houses that are constructed on ground that frequently freezes. The frost line is determined and the footing is placed accordingly. Lastly, frost-protected concrete foundations work with a heated structure.

There are several other variations. However, these three are the most common. It’s also important to note that concrete slab foundations are the most popular, effective, and structurally sound foundations to choose from. They’re also affordable and can be easily laid in a short period of time as the drying process is fairly quick. Since there’s no airspace between the foundation and the house, the risk of termite infestations or mold is completely eliminated.

We also recommend being careful with the foundation designs you choose. Engineering experts have carefully studied ground conditions and devised three new technical categories: TC1, TC2, and TC3. Properties in TC1 are less likely to sustain significant land damage. Properties in TC2 can experience minor to moderate land damage as a result of liquiefaction from future earthquakes. For properties in TC3, land damage can be moderate to severe. Once the right technical category is determined for your future home, the concrete foundation should be chosen accordingly. This factor must be addressed when building a home.  

3. Consult a Team of Professionals

While understanding the basics is important for homeowners, they should avoid choosing the right concrete foundation for their home based on their own research. Instead, we recommend consulting a team of professionals.

At Riverstone Concrete, we have extensive experience in expertly choosing the right concrete foundation for each property after running extensive tests and comparing different options. We take multiple factors into consideration and carefully make a decision that’s best for your home. Once we’ve finalized our pick, we’ll carefully lay the foundation and complete the project so your builders can get started.

If you’re looking for concrete foundation services in Christchurch, New Zealand, contact our team today. We also offer concrete flooring, concrete landscaping, and concrete driveway services across the city.