Basement Wall Engineering
Understanding the basic requirements of underground or basement wall engineering construction in Colorado helps to basement walls with maximum strength and minimum maintenance. These basement walls are subjected to different forces and loads which will require standard design and construction practice to achieve the desired quality. The basement wall of a home provides the strength to keep the home and foundation standing in all types of weather and environmental changes. Properly finished basement can add value to your home. Basement wall engineering provides support for the entire structure you are building. Basement walls should be planned and constructed carefully as they are probably the most important part of the structure. When basement walls are not built correctly, cracks might appear, and settling of the structure can also occur. Cracks may occur due to the foundation being backfilled before the concrete has achieved the required strength or because the necessary amount of steel was not placed accordingly.
Types of Basement Wall Engineering
There are three main basement wall engineering methods that are commonly used. The cost for each of these methods varies considerably.
Poured concrete basement is the most common and the choice that most people prefer. This type of basement construction starts by pouring the footing for the basement foundation. The contractor starts off by pouring the footing to start the foundation of the basement. After setting up the footing, the next step is to use forms to hold the concrete walls poured into place, so that they can dry up. The basement walls made from poured concrete are usually stronger and will need fewer repairs as the house becomes older.
The precast basement panel is constructed in a similar manner like the poured concrete basement. However, the main difference is that they are not molded at the building site, but at another location. Then the walls are transported to the building and place on footers. This type of basement construction is quite strong but is not as commonly done as poured or block basements. The quality and integrity of these walls is identical to the poured concrete. However, this technique is more costly due to the equipment used in making, transporting and placing them correctly.
Block or Masonry Walls
Block or masonry walls are the least expensive for basement wall engineering. This type of basement wall engineering construction is made from cinder blocks. This method requires less time than other methods of basement construction. Masonry concrete creates a wall by arranging the concrete blocks in a particular pattern that will create the envisioned structure. Grout or mortar is used between the blocks to ensure the arranged blocks remain in position. Upon completion, the mortar is set and dries up, which leaves the wall strong and it can survive for decades to come.
At Colorado Engineering Services, our professional and friendly approach, combined with our cost effectiveness, gives us an enviable reputation for repeat basement wall design work. Contractors often approach us at the early stages to look at designing basement walls to reduce the cost and win the project. You will be getting the best possible value for money when you choose Colorado Engineering Services for your basement wall engineering project in Colorado.