Slab on grade construction / Discussions

How do you determine the thickness of concrete for slab on grade construction?

...construction of a slab on grade that will have only liquid forces acting down on it? I don’t know what you mean by liquid forces, but the amount of concrete nee...

Posted by Ackeem Beason Feb. 16, 2021, 2:46 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you finish the exterior of slab on grade?

...slab on grade construction technique and wondering how you finish the exterior of the footing insulation once the forms are removed, specifically the top of the...

Posted by Dave Derouin Oct. 18, 2018, 1:45 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you choose between a basement or slab on grade?

...on from the earth, as well as protection from elements. But, after reading some of your wonderful articles, I am wondering if the slab on grade is better and ...

Posted by A. Delmas May 21, 2020, 8:59 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

...onmental point of view, the benefits of slab-on-grade construction over a basement are undeniable, you can read all the pros and cons here - Slab on Grade or ...

Posted by Geri P Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...on. My question is what would be the best way of constructing such a foundation? Or if it's even possible? I'd like the insulated slab on grade foundation ide...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...on how to build a slab on grade, but this page addresses your dilemma specifically- Slab on Grade or Foundation and Basement; Which is Best? Part of the pro...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

Where would I go for guidance on structural design of footings that sit on top of high-density insulation?

...oncerned with the compression issue, but rather how the lateral (shear) loads get transferred from the concrete footing into the soil, via the insulation layer....

Posted by Douglas Bennion July 31, 2019, 4:34 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How do you create a slab on grade on a slope?

...slab on grade which was also on problem soil with clay. Being able to "float" the foundation and slab over the sloping ground was more cost-effective that the s...

Posted by Adrienne Rayna June 30, 2020, 3:58 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 3 Responses

We are looking to build a slab on grade, do we need radiant heat?

...on what your desired finished floor is. We built a slab on grade with 8 inches of sub-slab insulation, and even with that much it was still a bit cool on the ...

Posted by Scott Self Sept. 21, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 Responses

Does insulating a slab on grade make the building less stable?

...on the insulation sandwiched between the ground and the slab. What do you think? A Slab on Grade needs to be built correctly, but no, Insulation under a slab fl...

Posted by Nicolas Jalbert May 28, 2018, 4:56 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Are slab on grade foundations cheaper than a basement?

...on will for sure invite a heated discussion, but we welcome that : ) We’d choose a slab on grade over a basement almost every time, and in most cases yes, a sla...

Posted by Jason Nov. 21, 2019, 4:12 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What do you think about SIP framing system?

...slab idea, I think they’re great, and as someone that won’t make any money no matter what you build, I’d suggest you start here – Choosing between a slab on g...

Posted by Nadia Mehan July 24, 2020, 3:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...Slab on Grade or Foundation and Basement; Which is Best? Slab-on-Grade Raft Foundation Insulation Detail, Prefab ICF Form Kits Slab-on-Grade Foundation Deta...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Does slab on grade need to have in floor heating?

...oncerned with moisture from the slab and having flooring over the concrete causing mould issues. A polished concrete slab on grade, or any basement concrete flo...

Posted by Lauren Panzani Nov. 13, 2020, 11:06 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What infloor radiant heating would you use in a corewood home design?

...slab on grade with Solar radiant floor heating powered by air tubes heated with air solar panels Installing a hydronic radiant floor system in a slab-on-grade...

Posted by John Yoho Feb. 6, 2020, 10:59 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

...slab on grade in any Canadian climate with any less than four inches of foam insulation. Six inches and sometimes more, depending on your specific climate, woul...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Will evacuated thermal solar tubes work for a greenhouse in winter?

...onstration house that is on a slab on grade floor with solar air heated tubes heating the slab floor . It may be a something to consider depending on how big th...

Posted by Solus Lee Una Feb. 22, 2021, 6:09 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

How well does the Legalett air heated floor work when pouring concrete?

...Slab on Grade for LEED, Passive, ZNE Legalett monitors the process of installion for their raft slab kits, which includes a pre-pour inspection for warranty, ...

Posted by Israel Sword March 28, 2020, 6:26 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses