Have you ever heard the term “concrete slab” thrown around by a contractor and not known what it meant? We’re here today to fix that. Concrete slab is a form of building foundation and is used in most homes. There are other types of slab foundations: brick, stone, concrete block, and occasionally a specially treated lumber. Today, we’ll dive into concrete slabs and the benefits that go along with them. Visit our blog for more.

How Is It Made?
The strength and structure of your home is dependent on the quality of your foundation. Concrete slab foundations are typically 4-6 inches thick in the center and lay out the dimensions of the home. It bears the weight of everything on top of it while protecting the materials inside from moisture and insects. It has to be strong and made with care. Your foundation isn’t the place to cut corners.

What are the Benefits?
The good news is that concrete slabs are typically the most inexpensive type of foundation. That’s because they don’t require excavation and are built right on the grade. They’re also cost-effective long term, as they aren’t prone to moisture problems. To ensure the best quality product, Tolley Concrete prepares the site before building by compacting the ground. Sand and gravel can also be placed below the slab to protect against moisture damage. View our residential services on our website. 

Are There Any Disadvantages?
There are a few disadvantages to using concrete slab. The main one can be that it’s nearly impossible to put in a basement after laying a concrete slab. However, this isn’t nearly as much of a problem for our Florida residents, as basements are uncommon here. Fixing plumbing issues could prove tricky too if there is damage underneath the home.

We hope you’ve learned something about concrete slabs today. This foundation is well-utilized for a reason: it’s strong and lasts for years to come. To get your own on your project, visit our website for a free quote