Whether you’re building in Meridian Kessler, Geist, or Noblesville, you’ll have to make important decisions about your home, including which type of foundation you want. When building a home, there are several types of foundations to choose from. So how do you choose?

Largely, the decision may be made by two factors: the soil and climate of the construction site. Those with poor soil conditions may need a deeper foundation to be structurally sound. That being said, most homesites are built with shallow foundations. Similarly, some foundations would not be wise with cold temperatures or flooding.

We recommend discussing your home foundation options with a contractor or structural engineer before making a final decision. But here are several different types for you to consider.

Poured Concrete Foundations

This is the most common type of house foundation. A slab is poured with a few inches of concrete with thicker edges for support. Typically, concrete slabs sit on a bed of crushed gravel, which helps with drainage. Poured concrete foundations are best for use in areas where the ground does not freeze in winter.

Frost-Protected Foundations

In extreme temperatures, one might pour a frost-protected foundation in order to shield concrete from damage. The most common type for cold areas is a T-shaped foundation, which offers extra support for the concrete slab. It does so with concrete footings that extend beyond the frost line.

Permanent Wood Foundations

These foundations have been around since the 1960s and are comprised of very lightweight wood that is decay resistant. Because they do not require concrete or casting, they are fairly convenient to install. These foundations are moisture resistant and easy to insulate.

Raised Foundations

This type of foundation is used primarily in coastal areas that have large amounts of rain. Because of flooding, these raised foundations are used to support the home and give protection against moisture. Pier-and-beam and stem wall are two different types of raised foundations, both of which help raise the home above flood lines.

Regardless of the type of foundation you choose for your new home, you’ll want to make sure that it’s one both you and your contractor feel comfortable with. Have questions about your home foundation? Give us a call!