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Pressure Treated Foundations
 Whether an addition to your existing  house or new build, using pressure treated wood is the way to  go.

  Considerations
A  wood foundation consists of pressure-treated Southern Pine lumber, the industry  standard that arrives at the construction site able to withstand decay and  insects such as termites.    Wood has an advantage over concrete, being able to be installed in most  weather conditions.   Wood can  be prefabricated to fit the individual home.   As for the basement, a concrete  foundation requires an interior frame wall inside the concrete.    However, a wood foundation serves as both the foundation and wall, thus   providing more living space in the  basement.

 Function
 While concerns exist about the long-term  reliability of wood due to decay and insect infestation, properly treated wood  will function as well as concrete for the foundation and structure of the home  and basement.

 Prevention
 Moisture remains a problem in basements  due to being underground, causing concrete flooring to be the choice to  counteract that problem.    Because it is difficult to prevent the moisture problem totally, true   wood flooring is not normally recommended.  Instead, either laminate or  engineered wood are possibilities for the appearance of wood that will resist
moisture.

 Modifications
 Wood basements  favor future expansion.   Homeowners who decide to remodel can  easily frame wood foundations for additions, either to the upper structure alone  or to increase the size of the basement. Modifying the wood foundation is less
  complicated and costly than if the foundation is  concrete.

 


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11/04/2014 12:23pm

Permanent Wood Foundations
Permanent wood foundations have been used since the 1960s, and according to Toolbase, "manufacturers are now recommending treated plywood and lumber as an alternate material for crawl space, basement and stem wall foundations." The foundations are made of preservative-treated wood that is very lightweight, decay-resistant and easy to install. A permanent wood foundation does not require concrete pouring or casting, which makes the process much more convenient. Additionally, the foundations are easy to insulate and moisture-resistant. More than 300,000 houses in the United States utilize permanent wood foundations

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