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The concrete foundation is especially appropriate for homes built in areas with extreme temperatures. In very cold climates, the concrete foundation is typically built deeper than the layers of soil above the frost line. In other words, you want the foundation of your house to extend deeper than the layers of soil that will freeze and thaw during the winter.
When you choose a property on which to build a concrete-based home, consult with a well-qualified contractor who can determine the best design and depth for your foundation. A contractor might even consult an engineer who can successfully analyze the type of soil on your property. The engineer can provide expert advice on what type of construction will work best on the property.
The concrete foundation is the basis for your dream home. Even the most beautiful house can suffer costly and even permanent damage if its foundation is damaged by water and other weather conditions. One trick to finding the right contractor for your home is to consult with owners in the same neighborhood who have homes with concrete foundations that have withstood local weather patterns over time.
The concrete foundation is also used extensively in extremely warm climates like southern Florida. Most homes in Florida are built on poured concrete foundations. Because most areas of Florida are at or below sea level, homeowners often pay for extra fill to be added to their property. The typical homebuilder will include a certain amount of landfill in the base price of the house. If the homeowner desires a higher elevation, the builder will charge extra for additional fill to be hauled in by dump trucks. The desired elevation of your home is an important consideration prior to pouring the concrete foundation, especially in flood areas.
As a smart consumer, choose your concrete contractor carefully. Even if you are working with a well-known builder, become involved with the construction of your home at every stage.