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Building Tip #48: Solid Home Foundations

Building Tip #48: Solid Home Foundations

When building a new home, or adding extensions both vertically or horizontally to a structure, one of the most important points of consideration is a solid foundation. The foundation of any home is more than poured cement to create the base for where the walls will be built upon, it provides many structural safety measures important for a strong house.

Here are four vital reasons why your foundation needs to be built properly to hold your home.

1. Future Double Storey:

At some point, you or future owners of the home may want to add onto the home by creating a second storey. Not only do double storey homes have a grander visual appeal, but they also add value to the home. Should the foundation of the home not be able to support this additional weight, you could miss out on the expansion plans you have.

2. Temperature:

Temperature plays a major role in the stability and durability of any construction project and needs to be carefully accounted for in foundation building. The temperature of the Earth is never constant and fluctuates with changes in weather conditions and other factors from underground such as natural springs and old mine tunnels lying beneath Johannesburg.

3. Movement:

Understanding that the natural movement of the ground before the laying the foundation is very necessary to ensure it will remain solid and secured. The soil beneath a home may be porous and cause the structure to sink slightly under the weight of the house. This may put habitants inside the home at danger if the foundations safety calculations are not properly considered.

4. Shockwaves:

Johannesburg is built upon a complicated network of mining tunnels. Every now and then one of these tunnels may collapse and cause a small tremor and shock-wave to move across the city and surrounding areas. These small tremors have become more frequent in recent years and highlight the importance of a solid and well thought out building foundation. New foundations need to account for these movements so that if a temour does take place, the foundation can handle the shift and movements.

Before building a new home or extending an established building, many parameters need to be carefully considered to ensure that the building will be safe to live in. A foundation should never be taken on as a DIY project, as we have illustrated how costly making a mistake can be. . Always be sure to hire a professional builder to lay the foundation of your home correctly.

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