Concrete Foundation Slabs
Create a durable base for your Murfreesboro home or business!
Foundation slabs can support a large amount of weight for properties. It
is absolutely vital that your slab is constructed in a way that will prevent
cracks, and bear heavy loads for years to come. At
Cantrell's Concrete, we consider numerous factors before we install the concrete. With meticulous
planning, quality work, and superior finishing, we ensure from start to
finish that you will have a durable, long-lasting foundation slab.
Our concrete slabs are
carefully installed to prevent:
- Cracked walls
- Uneven doorways
- Protruding floors
- Structural problems
Concrete slabs are one of the most popular and durable foundation options
in use today. Although simple, a concrete slab can carry the heavy load
required to support your home steadily throughout the years. Cantrell's
Concrete LLC is a concrete contractor specializing in concrete installation
near Murfreesboro, including concrete patios, concrete slabs and other
Protecting Your Foundation Slab
Protecting your concrete foundation means protecting your entire home.
Although only simple steps are needed to maintain your foundation and
prevent damage, these steps are essential to a healthy foundation throughout
the lifetime of your home.
- Proper drainage away from your home is necessary to prevent foundation
settling and cracking. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are well
maintained and make sure all spouts discharge water at least five feet
from your foundation.
- Avoid using chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers in areas adjacent
to your foundation.
- If you have large trees close to your home, you may wish to consider installing
root barriers to prevent roots from spreading into your foundation and
causing cracks and leaks.
- Perform a thorough check of your home's plumbing systems, including
any sprinkler systems, at least once a year. Leaks in your plumbing can
affect your foundation, so have any issues repaired immediately.
- During droughts or very dry periods, watering the area around your foundation
regularly will prevent soil changes and maintain a stable setting for
How Your Concrete Slab Works
Concrete foundation slabs are ideal for use in mild climates such as Tennessee, where freezing temperatures
are relatively rare. This type of foundation is also extremely cost-effective
because very little site preparation is generally needed before concrete
can be poured into place during construction. The only work that must
be done prior to concrete installation is your home's plumbing and
electrical work, which is often embedded inside the slab after the foundation
is complete. Typical concrete slab foundations are four to six inches
thick, with a concrete beam reaching depths of approximately two feet
around the perimeter to hold the foundation in place over time. This type
of foundation may also be called a "floating slab" foundation.
Beneath the concrete slab lies a four- to six-inch deep layer of packed
gravel, which is separated from the slab itself by a thin sheet of plastic
to provide a permanent moisture barrier. Inside the concrete slab, wire
mesh and steel reinforcing beams provide additional structural stability.
If you'd like to learn more about slab foundations and concrete slab
design in Murfreesboro, call Cantrell's Concrete LLC today at (615) 394-4884.