In Easton Village, in Lake Elmo and throughout all our projects in the East-Metro, at Michael Lee Inc. homes we use a poured foundation verses a block foundation which many of our competitors, even though the block foundation is less expensive. Often the consumer doesn’t even realize what type of foundation was used on their home since the basement was finished prior to them viewing the home.
While there are several advantages and disadvantages of both concrete block foundations and poured concrete foundations, discovering disadvantages to a poured foundation is challenging.
Poured concrete foundations are solid through and through. The process of a poured concrete foundation is definitely a job for a concrete professional. The first step involves constructing large heavy wooden walls that are secured properly to deal with the level of pressure they will be subjected to. Laying a poured foundation can be much quicker than building a cement block foundation. Concrete is poured into the forms at one time guaranteeing no weakness. Steel reinforcing bars, previously installed, will ensure the strength and stability of the poured walls exist. The reinforcing steel should be one-half inch in diameter with connections to the poured concrete footer that the foundation rests upon. With no mortar joints and hollow openings anywhere, there are no joints and weak points. The horizontal steel helps prevent vertical cracks should the foundation ever drop or heave.
Neither wall system will be waterproof but a well-poured, steel-reinforced concrete foundation is better at resisting the pressure of water, which can seep through blocks causing them to collapse or dislodge. This seepage is often compiling behind vapor barriers, insulation, and sheetrock not to be discovered for many years later and often when it is far too late to do anything about it. If you want a dry basement you must apply a foundation waterproofing system.
Many homeowners are under the impression that constructing a cement block foundation is a do-it-yourself project. Even when professionally done, concrete block foundations have their disadvantages. Several disadvantages to block systems include a large number of call backs, structural failures, leakage, seepage, fresh block shrinkage and chipped blocks giving off a poor appearance. While the builder saves money insulating these block foundations the home owner is left with a growing concern and potentially compiling issue.
If you want to learn more about why we do not use a block foundation in our homes, visited our model in Easton Village, or spend some time talking with Dave Frosch, owner of Michael Lee Inc. homes about other materials we use, in the end it’s not about cutting corners to save money it’s about giving you the best quality and the best price and there are some materials and process that we will not eliminate because we feel they are in your best interest to have them in your new home.