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Raised Wood Foundations versus Concrete Slabs

Written by John Rinaldi - Architect on March 31st, 2008

Concrete Slab
Pro
1. Less expensive
2. Faster to install
3. Can adapt to radiant floor system
4. Six inches above grade – no steps or low ramp
5. Convenient for handicap access
6. Garage access = same level
7. Easier for seismic frame transfer forces
8. Better termite protection
9. Longer house life
10. Fireproof
Con
1. Possibly harder on feet and back for standing
2. Will develop small cracks
3. Closer to ground – 6″ minimum from grade
4. Has lower look, architecturally
5. No access below grade for utilities
6. Some utilities to be in attic

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