BUILDING FROM THE GROUND UP
BUILDING FROM THE GROUND UP
Most people have seen foundations being poured for a new building. After all, it's hard to miss the large concrete truck with a concrete placement hose. That being said, pouring concrete is a lot more complicated than just transporting the concrete to the job site and placing it. It takes years of practice, coordination, and a bit of skill to lay foundations that not only get the job done of providing structural support for a building, but also look good.
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FOUNDATION CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
- Break ground and excavate
- Footings are dug, rebar is set, quality checked, footings poured
- Polysteel stem wall forms are installed, stems poured, rough-in plumbing installed
- Radiant heat tubing installed, quality checked, slab is poured
- Clean up, site graded, block wall for framing installed
- Site is ready for framing
TYPES OF COMMERCIAL BUILDING FOUNDATIONS
T-shaped concrete foundation. The most common type of commercial building foundation is the t-shaped concrete foundation. This type of concrete foundation is great for tall, heavy buildings where the ground typically freezes. When the ground freezes, it can place a lot of stress on concrete foundations. However, with the t-shape design, it is freeze-resistant.
Slab-on-grade foundation. Another popular type of commercial building foundation is the slab-on-grade foundation. This one is used where the ground does not typically freeze. The concrete slab has one layer of thick concrete with more concrete at the edges to form a footing. Reinforced rods are usually placed to add strength. This type of foundation is usually placed on a bed of crushed gravel to help with drainage.
Frost-protected shallow foundation. This type of foundation is meant to ward off the threats frost imposes. Frost-protected shallow foundation features insulation placed on the outside of the foundation. The insulation helps to trap heat loss from the building and the natural heat from the ground to keep the ground around the footings from freezing. This type of foundation is the least common in the United States. Call RJT Construction in Houston for a free estimate today!
STEPS TO POURING FOUNDATIONS
Excavate. The first step is to excavate your space, usually using an excavator. This hole will be bigger than needed so that the workers have room to do their job. Site grading and digging of trenches will take place.
Pour the footings. The footings are created by pouring concrete into forms in the ground. Footings support the weight of the building above. These vary based on the type of building, the size, the height, the soil, and the slope of the site.
There are three types of footings: wall, column, and stepped. You'll see stepped footings used in slopes so that the footing is secure.
Rebar is placed if necessary at this step.
Pour the concrete walls. This takes place after the footings have dried and cured. The forms are removed and replaced so the concrete walls can be poured.
Waterproofing and installation of piping. Once the walls have dried and cured, the forms are removed. Waterproofing is the process of applying a seal to your foundations to keep out moisture. Plumbing and pipes are laid.
Concrete floor/slab is poured. This is the final step to your finished foundation! Site cleanup will take place, and everything will be prepared for the framing crew. Call RJT Construction in Houston for a free estimate today!
IMPORTANCE OF HIRING THE RIGHT HOUSTON COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
There is most definitely a difference in pouring foundations for a commercial construction project versus a residential home building project. Because of the intense load being placed on a commercial building's foundations, pouring the foundations for a commercial building takes a lot of skill and knowledge. These types of foundations are more susceptible to wear and tear, so installing them right during the commercial concrete construction phase is absolutely critical in order to ward off any problems in the future.
RJT Construction has the experience and the master craftsmen to get the job done right. We've executed hundreds of commercial projects all across Houston with excellent results. We are passionate about ensuring our clients get the best possible results. We never cut corners, and we aren't satisfied until our customers are. When you partner with our commercial construction company for your commercial concrete services, you can rest assured your construction project will be top-notch and will exceed your expectations. Give us a call for a free quote on commercial concrete work and more today!