We’ve all heard that it’s important to build on a solid foundation. And the word foundation is used as a metaphor for all sorts of situations and scenarios. The foundation for a solid relationship, foundational knowledge, our foundational years, etc. 

Here at A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville, we focus on the original, non-metaphorical, definition of the term — the lowest, load-bearing part of the building. In today’s blog, we’re going to focus on what a foundation is and why they are so important. While they’re not the most exciting or glamorous part of your home, nothing would be possible without it. Continue reading to learn more, and if you’re in need of foundation repair for your Nashville home, contact us.

What Is a foundation?

First things first — what is a foundation? Building anything directly on the ground is a bad idea, so we invented foundations. Even your HVAC system sits on a concrete pad to hold its weight! If you don’t have an HVAC pad, our concrete contracts can pour you one. And if your pad is cracked, we can perform concrete leveling and have everything looking like new in no time. 

The foundation of a home is much more complex than the HVAC pad, but it does the same type of work. A building’s foundation is primarily underground, with just a small portion out of the ground that the home is then built upon. The ground helps stabilize the foundation. The foundation is built by creating a wooden form with rebar inside to reinforce the walls. The concrete is then poured into this frame and then cured, creating the home’s foundation.

Provides Structural Integrity

We create foundations to hold the weight of the building, which soil simply isn’t prepared to do. Even if you are building directly on rock, there’s still a chance that it won’t be able to take the weight. Foundations are most often built out of reinforced concrete that can stand the weight of the building and last a long time. Without a foundation, your home would sink into the ground or fall apart — literally. 

Keeps Out Water

Beyond keeping the structure stable and secure, foundations also keep moisture out of your home. You can think of your foundation as a concrete dam, stopping groundwater in its tracks and keeping your basement warm and mold-free. Water damage can also do serious damage to the structural integrity of your house, and your foundation is one of the first lines of defense against water.

Prevents Storm Damage

A foundation is a big part of how your home weathers our Nashville storms. It not only keeps water out and stops your basement from flooding, it also stabilizes your home and prevents lateral movement. This means your home can stand up to high winds and rain without being damaged. 

Insulates Your Home  

We often think of heat loss as escaping through the roof or walls — after all, that’s where our insulation is packed in. While this certainly is true, and you should definitely invest in insulation in your walls and roof, you can also lose heat through the ground. The reinforced concrete within your foundation acts as a buffer to this heat loss, keeping your home warmer and toastier in the winter.

 A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville

Here at A-1, we believe that the foundation is the most important part of your home! After all, your home wouldn’t be standing without it. If you are in need of a new foundation or foundation repair, our concrete contractors can help. We provide free quotes, so if you see any signs of damage, be sure to contact us. We’ll let you know whether you need foundation repair and what your options are. Along with foundation repair, we also specialize in concrete pouring and concrete leveling. Contact us today for a free quote.

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