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Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...protected shallow foundation or slab-on-grade) doesn’t heave would be to have it modelled for your specific climate by an engineer, ideally a geotechnical engin...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What's the difference between a slab on grade and a monolithic foundation?

...protected shallow foundation foam forms to get a quote for an addition in Michigan and keep reading about slab on grade and monolithic foundation styrofoam form...

Posted by Ronaldo Johnitas Dec. 10, 2019, 6:12 a.m. Slab on Grade 4 Responses

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...protected from precipitation, so you should be very careful about the design, material selection and installation procedure. Avoid any moisture sensitive insula...

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How do you prevent moisture from getting into a basement footing?

...protected . There is usually some thought put towards protecting foundation walls from moisture in the ground, but footings seem to be neglected for some reason...

Posted by Frank Liu June 24, 2020, 9:58 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...protected with Blueskin tape. We now have to finish the walls and seal or otherwise treat the concrete floor. I understand now that I should've removed the 2x...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

...protected on the outside against moisture, then it will continue to stay wet for as long as it stands. So few basements are built properly that we just run with...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to build a slab on grade on bedrock?

...protected shallow foundation as seen in this video , all you would need to do for that would be strip the 6 inches of organic matter, lay a 6 inch bed or clean ...

Posted by peter owen Oct. 31, 2019, 3:33 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you install a slab on grade foundation in the Fall and leave it over winter?

...protected against frost heave, though it will most likely require additional insulation. I would suggest you consult with the engineer who designed it. But wh...

Posted by Matthew Gioia Sept. 21, 2020, 9:15 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Slab on Grade for House in Grand Rapids MI - Can I get Prefab form kits & Assistance easily?

I am preparing to build a house in Grand Rapids MI and believe a slab on grade foundation is best suited. do you work here or can you supply a kit and assistan...

Posted by Greg Hooks Nov. 20, 2019, 3:35 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Is it possible to do a mono pour if you have a covered porch?

Since the concrete slab is insulated, how do you manage to get the covered porch concrete poured at the same time? How does it work for the insulation? The sec...

Posted by Frank Gascon Aug. 10, 2020, 8:05 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

We are planning a build for June 2020 in Prince Edward County, Ontario where there is 1 ft of topsoil, 2 ft of clay and then bedrock. Structure planned is a bu...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How should I insulate basement Walls in climate zone 5?

...protected underneath the footing as well, which I doubt. Myself I would prefer to have a membrane against the interior of the concrete wall to prevent the con...

Posted by Chad Johnson March 25, 2019, 8:33 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best material for building plumbing?

...protected... Personally, I've used both, but would probably install PEX next time for ease of install, speed and cost. Hope that helps!

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 3 Responses

What is the best way to stop thermal bridging between my ICF walls and my footing?

...protected slab on grade by Legalett for more information. Legalett slab on grade form kits provide a seamless layer of insulation below the slab an on the exp...

Posted by Walter van den Broek Sept. 18, 2020, 11:23 a.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

Why is there mold on particle board outside vapor barrier on new addition?

...protected. I think part of your problem here is that you likely had wet lumber, and having OSB sheathing actually behaves like a vapor barrier , though this is ...

Posted by Christine ML June 7, 2020, 1:35 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you add a screen/sun room and deck to a slab on grade?

Building a 26x32 cabin on a heated slab on grade and want to add a 12x12 extension as a screened room. The plan is to have the extension and roof attached to t...

Posted by Pierre Contant July 1, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...protected shallow foundation) is a more affordable way to start a house than a basement. 4 – Material selection affects cost: for example - you can spend a th...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Can you help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

Allergic to chemically treated wood, CODE requires PWF on concreted slab before house can be built Where are you building where code says such a thing? I don't...

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses