Three Different Types of Structural Building Foundations?
By Greg Vanden Berge


Here are three different types of home foundation systems. I really don't prefer one of these types of building foundations over another one. Each one has its benefits and drawbacks, but if they are built correctly, can last for many years.

Let's examine the different types of structural building foundations that are commonly used in the United States.

1. Raised Floor Type Building Foundation

This type of structural building foundation uses footings and stem walls to create the homes foundation. Raised building foundations usually have wood framed floors and are elevated high enough to provide access under the home.

2. Concrete Floor Slab And Footings Building Foundation

This is the most common type of building foundation used today in the United States if your house doesn't have a basement. This type of foundation is created by using footings that directly tie to a concrete floor slab. The entire building foundation, including the floor will be solid concrete.

3. Basement Building Foundation

Basement building foundations can be built a few different ways, but most of them will have solid concrete floor. The basement walls can be constructed out of concrete block or solid concrete. Basement foundations are extremely popular in the Midwest and East Coast of the United States.