Foundation in Los Angeles
The most important element of any home is probably a strong foundation.
Pouring a home’s foundation is one of the first steps in a new construction or rebuilding project, and it is one of the most essential steps to a well-built, structurally sound home that will last for years to come. In addition to providing a level surface on which to build a home, a good foundation will also provide insulation for your home, and can keep out moisture or flooding.
Once the area has been cleared of any trees or other debris, and footings have been installed (the rebar-enforced concrete that will provide a basis for the home’s foundation), the foundation of the home can be poured.
Both the footings and the foundation of a home are crucial elements that will be looked at by city inspectors to make sure the home is safe and up to code. Thus a strong foundation is crucial for a home at the beginning and for decades, or even centuries, to come.
While other structural elements of a home can usually be remodeled or updated, a home’s foundation is extremely difficult to repair once it begins to shift or crumble. While the exterior edges of a crumbling foundation can be patched up, this is only a temporary solution that cannot resolve deeper structural issues.
For this reason, hiring professionals with expert knowledge of laying foundation is a good idea for any construction project.
Types of Foundation
There are several common types of foundation for homes, and Pacific Green Homes is equipped to install, and to do repair work, on each type. Our designers and contractors can work with you to determine which type is best for your building project.
Here are the three most common types of foundation:
- Slab: A solid slab of concrete which lies beneath the home. The most common type of foundation for a home or building, this kind of foundation is relatively simple to put in, and is very sturdy and long-lasting if installed correctly.
- Basement: Basements are far less common in Los Angeles than slab foundations. Built using concrete pillars to support the home above, with space in between, a basement provides additional space for living or storage.
- Crawl space: A crawl space is constructed similarly to a basement, but is much smaller. While sometimes used for storage, a crawl space foundation is well-suited to flood-prone areas, as it keeps water out of the main parts of the home.
Whichever type of foundation ends up being the best choice for your construction project, our team will provide expert consultation and construction work, installing footings and a foundation that will resist shifting and settling, and will provide a strong base and lasting base for your home.
The average home weighs around 50 tons. Regardless of the size of your construction project, a strong, sturdy and well-planned foundation is one of the most important steps you will take in building it. Leave it to Pacific Green Homes to help you determine which type of foundation to choose, and construct a foundation that will last.