Concrete slabs are the most popular option for building foundations both in Australia and around the world. In this article, we take a look at a few of the key reasons why concrete slabs are so highly regarded.
When laid in the slab on ground or precast fashion, this style of building foundation significantly cuts down the costs associated with labour, excavation and forming.
If it is properly installed, a concrete slab has an almost unlimited lifespan and will most likely outlive all other components of the building.
Quick to build
Because they require minimal excavation, concrete slabs reduce both the labour time on the site, and the amount of time required to complete the ground floor.
Ideal for the elderly and disabled
Due to the fact that concrete slabs are laid on the ground surface, they usually only require one or two shallow steps to access the entryways of the property. This is ideal for older and disabled homeowners, who might otherwise struggle to negotiate entryways.
No other building material known to man can compete with concrete when it comes to resilience and concrete slabs are immune to many problems which affect brick, stone, timber and steel foundations. Because it is laid in a single block, with no crawlspace between the foundations and the house structure, concrete slabs prevent vermin infestations, which often begin under the house. As it is not made of organic material, concrete is also impervious to termite attack. Mould and rot are also not a problem with concrete slabs as they are with steel and timber foundations, as if the slab is properly installed, it will not be affected by water from leaking plumbing. Fire resistance is another advantage of concrete slabs, and because of this, they are ideal in bushfire prone areas.
Due to their high thermal mass, slab foundations are well known for their excellent insulation properties, which can in turn help save money on energy bills during the winter months.
Because concrete slabs are laid directly onto the ground, they radically reduce the amount of site refuse produced on a construction project. Concrete can also be recycled, so if the slab is ever demolished, it will not end up in landfill.
Prestige Concrete are established concrete contractors in Melbourne. We offer a range of concreting solutions including slabs for extensions so if you are interested in this type of foundation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 0411 44