CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS
Concrete Foundation Pouring from Colonial

You’ve probably heard the expression, “A house is only as good as the foundation it’s built on.” What this means is that you can have the coolest, neatest designed house, but if it is not placed on a solid foundation, it will not stand for long. That is why Colonial Concrete prides itself on the foundations that it builds, as the buildings that rest on them are still standing today, and will for many years.

In truth, not many people think about foundations because they are rarely seen. Often underground as basement walls, they do their job silently and steadily, but if they were to go wrong, you would know pretty quickly, as the building would collapse, or the basement would leak. But if the foundation is designed correctly, with enough support to handle the projected weight of the building and its contents (an often overlooked factor), and poured correctly into well constructed form work, than the foundation will stand.

A foundation in the Northeast has a lot of jobs to do: it keeps sensitive parts of the structure protected from the ground, it provides a sturdy and level surface on which to build the structure, it keeps the house above it from sinking, by spreading its weight like a snow-shoe in a snowy field, and it prevents the house from rising, due to frost-heave, when water below the building freezes, expands, and pushes the building up. This is something that can be avoided by building your foundation below the frost line.

Frost heaving occurs when water that is under the house walls freezes and expands, lifting everything above it. The most common way to prevent this result is to fill the space under the house walls down to the depth at which water will not freeze (the frost line) with concrete; this depth varies greatly and is affected by a variety of variables, such as local climate and snow coverage. Since the concrete is continuous to a depth where the ground does not freeze — effectively displacing any water from collecting below the structure — it is held stable in the soil. The concrete walls need only go down as far as frost depth; such walls are called frost walls and can be used with crawl spaces or earthen floor systems. The advantages of concrete are that it is very strong in compression (and when properly reinforced, in tension) — particularly important when resisting soil pressure to create underground rooms, it is not easily damaged by water, and it is readily accessible in most parts of the country, from hiring a truck to pour to sub-contracting out the entire foundation construction.

Either way, Colonial Concrete is your company on the spot. It will be the start of a great building.
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