Building A New Log Home? Types Of Foundations That Are Used

Posted on: 3 February 2017

Log homes are rustic and beautiful and can make a great vacation home or a home that you live in full time. If you are planning to build a log home on your property, it is important that you choose the right type of foundation as it prevents settlement due to the weight of your log home. If settlement happens, your log home would sink into the soil, which can cause structural damage. The type of foundation you choose will depend on many factors such as the type of soil, the size of your home, if there is drainage installed, and your budget. Below are three types of foundations that may be used for your log home.

Pad Foundation

A pad foundation, which is also known as concrete piers, may be used. With this type of foundation, a concrete pad is placed under each corner of your home. This foundation does not cover the entire surface underneath your home. The concrete is often reinforced with steel bars, also known as rebar. This helps the pad transfer the weight of your log cabin to the ground surrounding it. Because not as much concrete is used with this foundation, it is less expensive than other types. To use a pad foundation, the soil must have a strong base.

Raft Foundation

Another type of foundation is known as a raft foundation, which has a concrete base. With this type of foundation, the concrete is spread out underneath the entire log home. Raft foundation is easier and quicker to install than other types and uses less excavation. The foundation is laid over broken bricks or stone, because they do not absorb water. This protects your log home from moving in the soil. This type of foundation is best used on soft ground, such as clay soil.

Strip Foundation

Another type of foundation that can be used for log homes is a strip foundation. You will see this type of foundation used for most mortar or brick homes. The contractor lays strips of concrete underneath the cabin. This provides a level surface that you can lay the logs on top of. This type of foundation is often used when the site has a strong soil base with compact soil.

Because the soil plays a large part in the type of foundation that is used, the building contractor will likely have the soil tested before they start laying the foundation. The building contractor can also go over these foundations with you in much more detail so you can understand better how they work. For more information, contact local professionals like American Mud Jack Inc.