Prestige Steel buildings Ontario offers a wide range of foundations for all types of steel building applications. Prestige Steel Buildings specializes in full residential/commercial/industrial foundations with frost walls and footings and also engineered slabs (floating slabs).
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Engineered Floating Slab Foundation
Floating slab foundations are commonly used for buildings 60’ wide and under. They are engineered and a very economical foundation to construct. They are used for sheds, garages, additions etc. An engineered slab is a concrete slab with a deepened and reinforced exterior edge referred to as a “grade Beam” It is referred to as a “floating slab” as it essentially floats on the undisturbed ground underneath the topsoil. Building an engineered slab is one of the most economical methods of creating a foundation. Traditional foundations include footings with a frost wall above. The footing is installed below the frost level, usually 4′-0″ below grade. The cost of a strip footing and frost wall is a lot higher because there is more excavation, concrete and labour required.
The standard foundation includes a strip footing with a frost wall and is also referred to as a T foundation. We commonly use this foundation on buildings with a width greater than 60’. These foundations do not float like and engineered slab build are placed on native ground below frost level. The footing is wider than the wall, providing extra support at the base of the foundation. A standard foundation is placed and allowed to cure; second, the frost walls are constructed; and finally, the floor is poured between the walls.
1. T-shaped foundations are used in areas where the ground freezes on buildings wider than 60’.
2. First, the strip footing is placed.
3. Second, the walls and piers are constructed and poured.
4. Last, the floor is placed.
A concrete pier foundation or steel pile foundation save time and money because they don’t require as much site preparation (which can be completed at a later date) and require less or no concrete. Simple pier foundations are similar to those used for residential decks but are much wider and sometimes require a wider base. This method is Ideal for steel buildings being designed as drive sheds barns and riding arenas.