Having A New Home Built? Tips For Choosing The Foundation And Roof

If you have hired a contractor to build a new home for you, you should do more than just tell them the design that you want. There are many things you need to consider, such as the foundation and roof. Take time to decide on what you would like best and what would work best for your home before they start building so your home will be perfect for you and your family when it is finished.

Foundation

The foundation is important, as it is what supports your home. The material you choose for your foundation depends on the soil type of your land. For example, if you have poor soil, your foundation will likely need to be deeper into the soil, and if you have good soil, the foundation could be more shallow. The climate where you live also plays a role when considering your foundation. Some materials do not hold up well to cold temperatures and flooding. Before you decide on what you want, contact a structural engineer, who can help you choose the best type of foundation for your home.

Three types of foundations you can choose from include:

  • Poured concrete: You will see poured concrete foundations on most homes. The slab is generally a few inches and has thicker edges to give the home enough support. In most cases, the slab is laid on top of crushed gravel to help improve drainage.
  • Frost protected: If you live in an area that has extreme temperatures, a frost protected foundation is a good choice. The foundation provides your home with extra support. This is because the contractor will install the footings so they extend below the frost line.
  • Raised: If you live in a coastal area, a raised foundation would be a good choice. This type of foundation will provide your home with support, as well as extra protection from moisture.

Roof

There are many types of roofs you can choose from, such as asphalt and metal.  When choosing the roof, there are many things you need to consider. For example, find out how long the roof will last and how well it holds up to things like moisture and extreme weather. One other thing to consider is the cost of the roof. Two types you can consider include:

  • Asphalt composition shingles: Asphalt shingles are used by many homeowners. There are fiberglass shingles that have been impregnated with asphalt with a coating of mineral granules, which is more moisture and fire resistant. There are also organic paper fiber mat asphalt shingles, which are better for wind resistance and cold weather.
  • Metal: Metal roofing is durable and wind resistant. This roofing can be made of zinc alloy, copper, aluminum, or steel. It is available in sheets, or you can use metal shingles that resemble other materials.

For more information, contact All Phase Building Concepts or a similar company.

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