The word foundation walls refer to concrete walls located below the ground level, which are the primary support for a structure or a building. They also form the side of the basement area.
The function of the foundation walls includes:
- It provides a level platform for the building to stand on.
- It helps protect the building from earthquakes, tornados, and rains from shaking the structure.
- It keeps out water and dampness out of the building.
However, when the foundation walls are not properly built, it will result in the following:
- Crack from stress at a certain point.
- Slip-on an uneven ground.
- Collapse under the weight of the building.
- It can also rot from water erosion.
That is why a steady footing is necessary before the building of the foundation wall starts. The footing should start with a pad of concrete resting on a level trench dug under the position of the walls that will support the roof of the building.
At Concrete Forming Vancouver Inc., we make these decisions instead to ensure a better result. We make sure that the foundation wall is a solid wall that we attach to the footing. Foundation wall is usually made of different materials; this we plan differently.
We normally use concrete for the footings. The concrete is poured directly into the foundation trenches dug previously. The bottom of the trench must be level, and the sides of the trench or the wooden forms must be in square shape
To determine the depth of the trench, we consider the material used for the wall, the strength of the soil involved as well as its stability. The slope of the ground is also considered. For the foundation walls, we use rock or concrete. All these are durable materials capable of supporting the wall roof of most buildings.
The choice of material is dependent on availability and the client’s budget as well as the weather conditions. There are different ways to use this material. For this, contact us to get more information on how we carry out each of these processes before deciding which one to choose from for your projects.