Concrete slab foundations are probably the most important part of any structure. When building a house or any type of structure, it is vital to get the foundation right because the whole assembly depends on it. That is why in construction, the materials to be used should always be of high quality. Never use substandard materials to save on money because you may just pay a higher price when the time comes that you need to do some major repairs. Especially in the case of foundations, concrete slab foundation repair can cost you more money if you did not invest on quality materials right from the start.
Since concrete slabs pretty much support everything on your house or building, it deserves to be given much attention during the construction process. You must ensure that the foundation of your building is built with the best materials and to the highest standards possible. You may be spending a few extra but it will all be worth it especially in the years to come. Your contractor should know what to do to ensure a high quality and excellent concrete slab foundation. First, as with any other project, efficient planning is an integral part in building to ensure that all elements and all procedures are done correctly and at the right time. There should also be a stable base for the concrete slab so as to avoid cracking problems in the future. There are a lot more elements and variables to consider such as the mix of water and cement, proper positioning, concrete placement, and adequate curing. These are just some of the things to consider in ensuring an excellent and strong foundation.
It is understandable though that all things have limitations and there will always come a time when you have to make repairs and renovations due to wear and tear. The advantage of using high quality materials and making things right the first time is the longevity. The cheaper the materials are, the faster the time for repair will come. When that happens, you will know that there are actually different methods of repairing concrete slab foundations. These methods may involve the use of cement, wood, steel, and concrete, depending on the problem or the damage. The two most common repair methods are “slabjacking” and “piering”, which both involve trained experts in the field to effectively use and apply the needed technology, methods, and materials. Usually, “slabjacking” is used for correcting smaller slabs such as those in residential areas, driveways, or sidewalks and it is done by pumping cement grout on the slab. For larger problems though, “piering” is more applicable for lifting and stabilizing the foundation with the use of mechanical jacks. Other methods may be applied for repair so a professional is always needed to ensure that an expert will handle your concrete slab problems. Lastly, it is best to determine what repairs need to be done in order to use the right method and not waste any time and effort by using the wrong one.