Monolithic Slab Foundation Verses Crawlspace - Building & Construction - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-26-2010, 08:21 AM   #1
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10

monolithic slab foundation verses crawlspace

Besides the cost what are the pros and cons? I'm trying to decide which way to go. The soil is sandy and there is very little grade to the land. This is a house that my son plans to live in for the rest of his life and I am concerned about settling and durability of a concrete slab. Everyone I have talked to (licensed builders) have nothing bad to say about monolithic slabs. I have seen, cracks in slab floors, cracks in walls... Someone out there please give me some advise. Thanks......


Last edited by foxcar59; 10-26-2010 at 08:23 AM. Reason: spelling
foxcar59 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2010, 12:26 AM   #2
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Fairbanks, AK
Posts: 1,847
Rewards Points: 1,000

monolithic slab foundation verses crawlspace

I'd say an engineer is needed. Softer soils needed bigger footprints. Also, what is your frost depth? Your foundation should fall well below that, and should be well insulated; "well" depending on your climate. Both types can work, but you need numbers. Concrete will be there forever if it is supported properly. NOTHING will work on a crappy foundation. BTW: Are you going to use radiant floor heat? If a cold area, it is the best system there is (in the long run, and it really does not cost too much to install it).


jklingel is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need Advice on Monolithic Slab TiredOld&Mean Building & Construction 0 06-12-2010 10:24 PM
Concrete slab to foundation work tntgarv Building & Construction 3 02-28-2010 01:23 PM
Extending slab foundation for bigger bathroom newimaging Building & Construction 1 07-02-2009 11:27 PM
Water in crawlspace, dug out too close to foundation, How to fix? Build a wall? twilightcall Building & Construction 6 05-18-2009 10:16 AM
question on suitability of monolithic slab rtoni Building & Construction 5 03-31-2009 06:18 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts