There are many different styles of houses: Cape Cods, colonials, craftsman, mid-century modern, bungalows and more. Though each has its unique design elements, there is one thing necessary for each one, and that is a foundation.
Even though you don’t see a foundation when looking at a house, it’s probably the most important element of it. Without a strong foundation, the house will most likely have multiple structural issues and not last very long. No one wants a house with a sinking foundation, cracked and uneven walls and floors or other costly problems.
Selecting a reliable company to construct the foundation for your home should be one of your biggest decisions, if not the most important. When there are so many businesses that perform this sort of work, though, how do you choose? In this blog, we’ll give you some guidelines on that and highlight five key things to consider before signing on the dotted line with a residential foundation construction company.
Just because a company has been around for a few years doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best. However, businesses that perform residential foundation construction don’t typically last in an area if they do shoddy work. Construction companies that have been around at least a decade have most likely been able to shift with changes in the industry while introducing new technology and techniques to the process.
For example, at PierTech Systems, we utilize helical piers, accessories and equipment to construct new foundations. Why? Because in addition to being easier and quicker to install, they have better bearing capacity and more securely stabilize all types of residential homes. We’ve been in this industry for more than years and have the experience and results to show for it.
Word of mouth is a great way to share opinions – positive and negative – on products and services. Sometimes the best recommendations are the ones you get from friends or family. If you know someone who recently used a company for residential foundation construction and was happy with the results, ask for the name. Likewise, if you have a friend dealing with issues due to faulty work when their foundation was installed, make sure to avoid that company. Even if you obtain a company referral from a contractor, do your research on the business to check it out for yourself.
Online research is an easy way to examine reviews on companies that perform residential foundation construction. Visit the websites of reliable resources such as the Better Business Bureau – they don’t have a personal stake in the vendors listed on their site. Look through customer reviews, but don’t base your decision solely on them.
Again, a reliable foundation for your home is essential. Issues that arise from a weak or unstable foundation can be extremely costly and cause other problems within the structure. Verify that the company you select for your residential foundation construction has the appropriate documentation in place and will readily show it to you. This includes proper insurance – both for company damage and any damage that might occur during the process. It also encompasses licensing, which may vary by state.
The best techniques aren’t going to do much good if cheap, insufficient materials are utilized in the process. The most reliable residential foundation construction companies use the highest-quality products and the strongest materials. Don’t be afraid to ask vendors you’re considering employing about the materials they plan to use and the benefits they provide.
PierTech products are produced from quality, high-strength steel, our manufacturing processes are controlled through a rigid quality assurance program, and our welding is performed in strict accordance to AWS D1.1. AWS D1.1 is the most widely used welding code in the United States.
As with other products and services, the cheapest may not be the best. Don’t base a decision as important as the foundation of your home on the best price – that may end up costing you much more if structural issues arise from a weak foundation. Consider the money you spend on the construction of your foundation as a major investment in the house. Don’t hesitate to ask for an estimate from multiple companies, and don’t choose one unless you feel 100 percent sure of your decision.
All our products are backed by the our commitment to performance and reliability, and our exceptional customer service is unparalleled in the industry. We are here to help support you in every aspect of any project. Read some of our customer testimonials to see for yourself!