What is a Foundation?

House FoundationAll houses have foundations of some sort, but do you know what they are? It’s a term that can get used, but everyone who uses it could have a different definition. Our team at Metro Structural Services has decided to set the record straight on what constitutes a house foundation.

Foundations provide a solid structure for your home, and there are three main types.

In warm climates, where they don’t have to worry about dramatically changing temperatures and frost like folks who live in parts of the country with winter, most houses are built upon a solid concrete slab.

Crawlspaces are just what they sound like, small spaces under a house that have short foundation walls and are big enough or small enough depending on your viewpoint, so that you have to crawl around in them.

A full basement foundation usually consists of poured concrete walls (or cement block walls) set on footings which are sunk into the ground below the frost line. These walls are generally at least six-feet-tall, but usually taller in new homes to allow for more space in a finished basement. This option matches the floor area of the home above and doubles the living and storage space of the house.

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