Why choose concrete slabs.

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What is a concrete slab?

As the name suggests, a concrete slab is a building foundation made from concrete that’s usually 10-15 centimetres thick, with the edges being significantly thicker (up to 60 centimetres) to allow for extra strength around the perimeter. The concrete is poured onto a bed of gravel that sits atop a compacted soil. Concrete slabs are ideal in regions with warm climates where the ground is less likely to freeze and cause the concrete to crack.

Concrete slabs do not have a crawlspace underneath, meaning the foundation is rock-solid and is impervious to rodents, insects, and mould/mildew growth. The strength and durability of concrete are well-established and it’s one of the reasons why homeowners prefer slab-on-ground for their home’s framework. Here are a couple of benefits to a concrete slab that you should know about.

It helps maintain air quality inside the home

While some foundations can harbour contaminants and other harmful microorganisms, a concrete slab isn’t one of them. Because of its solid structure, there is little to no room for dust mites, allergens, and mould spores to take hold of. On top of that, concrete is devoid of any known carcinogens, thus making it safe for any sort of building construction. Unlike carpeted floors which can impact air quality inside the home, a polished concrete floor can actually maintain the air quality since it doesn’t suffer from moisture problems and the like.

It’s a sound environmental choice

One of the defining qualities of concrete is that it’s very low maintenance. Given that concrete is stronger than most other materials out there, it makes for an ideal choice both in an economical and environmental standpoint. What’s great about concrete is that it’s 100% recyclable. At the end of its life cycle, a concrete slab can be broken down and reused as new concrete for future projects like filling concrete roads and forming new slabs.

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