There are many different types of home foundations, each with their own pros and cons. If you’re building or renovating a home and want to learn more about foundations, here we’ll list a few and some of the pros and cons of each.
Concrete slabs are the most common and cheapest foundation option, not to mention the quickest to implement. Concrete slabs are great because they mitigate mold and termite infestations. The negative part of concrete is that they don’t defend well against floodwater.
Basements add more space to your home and induce cooling with natural ventilation. Basements aren’t cheap though, they are very costly and require more maintenance than other options. Basement foundations are more susceptible to flooding and mold.
Crawl space foundations are great for houses built on tough soil. The added building height makes your home much less likely to flood and gives you great ventilation underneath your house. The added ventilation may be good for summer months but it will add to your heating bill when it’s colder as it becomes harder to warm. It’s important to not let too much moisture build under the crawl space area as well.
Pier and Beam Foundation
Pier foundations are the sturdiest and longest-lasting foundation, but they are costly. While you will have excellent support with a pier foundation, your floors may feel cold during the winter months and you’ll need to be careful to not let too much rainwater accumulate underneath your home.