If you're building a garage so you have a place to keep your car safe and to store yard tools, then you have a lot of options when how you construct the building. One decision is the type of foundation. While it's possible to build a garage over compacted soil, putting down a concrete slab is usually the best way to go. After a contractor installs the slab, you can install a wood or metal building and have a garage that offers the best protection for your car. Here are some advantages of choosing a concrete foundation for your garage.
A Slab Keeps The Soil From Wearing Away
A problem with using soil or gravel as a foundation is that it eventually wears away and develops ruts. A concrete slab keeps this from happening since the concrete takes the brunt of the wear. Also, concrete is exceptionally strong and it can be made even stronger by adding a rebar grid to the foundation before the concrete is poured. With a concrete slab, your garage will have a sturdy foundation that allows you to store multiple cars and drive on it daily without it wearing away.
A Slab Helps Seal Your Garage
While water vapor can seep up through concrete, your garage will still have better protection from moisture when it has a slab rather than soil or gravel. Keeping down moisture is important when you store metal tools in the building. Plus, by sealing the floor, you can keep rats and other pests out of the building more easily. That makes your garage more suitable for storing emergency food supplies, boxes of household clutter, and other items so you have more room in your home. When the garage has a slab, you can install electricity and place a freezer or other equipment in the building and operate it safely.
A Slab Makes Climate Control Easier
If you want to heat or cool the garage so you can use it for a workshop or a place to play music, then a solid foundation is necessary so you can isolate the space from the ground and outside temperatures. You'll also need insulation on the walls and a climate control system such as a wall air conditioner and space heater, but by having a well-constructed garage with a solid foundation, you can use your garage for much more than simply keeping the sun and rain off your car.
Putting in a slab requires careful preparation work so the soil that supports it is compacted and stable. A contractor can install the foundation quickly, but you'll need to allow time for it to cure before you begin construction of the garage. Contact a service, like S&W Concrete, for more help.