Flexible, Strong and Energy-Efficient
Research indicates that 20 percent to 30 percent of a home’s heat loss occurs through the basement, and 60 percent of homes in the United States have foundation leaks. Precast concrete foundation systems are specifically designed to provide a moisture-free and energy-efficient living space for the home. Never has it been so easy to increase a home’s square footage while saving time and money on construction costs.
There are a variety of precast concrete foundation systems available throughout North America ready to meet the needs of any homeowner. Precast concrete foundation systems make year-round construction possible in the colder northern regions, and systems are also available to meet earthquake zone requirements. Designs vary from thin-shell precast concrete with a partially embedded metal frame to panels with sandwich insulation and concrete headers, footers and studs. Most systems also come with prefabricated openings for small plumbing and electrical fixtures, making it easy to finish the basement at a later date.
Panels are available in standard sizes and custom designs. Cutouts for doors, windows and beams can be placed virtually anywhere, meeting the needs of any project. Most systems can be installed in a matter of hours as opposed to cast-in-place or block foundations, which may take days to complete. Panels are set in place and bolted together with the joints sealed with a polyurethane elastomeric sealant-adhesive. Some systems also incorporate an exterior water stop, which eliminates hydrostatic pressure by forcing water away from the house to the drain tile and gravel foundation.
Why Precast Concrete?
• Superior strength and durability
• Energy efficient
• Quality control
• Availability and ease of installation
• Reduced weather dependency
• Increased home value
Want to Know More?
For more details about precast concrete foundations or to find a local precast concrete foundation manufacturer, visit the NPCA home page.