Concrete vs. Wood Foundations

When the time comes to build a new structure on your property, whether it’s a new shed or a custom home, the first place to start is with the foundation. After all, you can’t build a sturdy structure without a solid base. For most people thinking about a new building, there are two primary options for the foundation: wood and concrete.

Wondering about the differences between wood and concrete foundations in Tennessee? We’ve got you covered.

Price point

For a lot of homeowners, the first major factor that will determine whether they go with a wood or concrete foundation is the amount that installation will cost. On that front, there’s no competition. Concrete is known for being very cost-effective, where a wood foundation will inevitably cost several thousand dollars more.

Ease of installation

Wood holds a slight edge over concrete foundations in Tennessee when it comes to the installation. Because there’s less prep work for a wood foundation, it tends to be easier to install. As a result, a wood foundation goes in quicker than a concrete foundation. In concrete’s defense, though, since the prep work is handled by your contractor, the only real distinction is the time you save by opting for a wood foundation (and it’s really not that much time).

Durability

Here, there can be no question. Over time, concrete can be prone to cracking. These cracks can be exacerbated by water damage. The result can be a beast to repair. However, cracks in a concrete foundation are rare compared to the array of threats that can attack a wooden foundation.

Wood foundations are susceptible to everything from termite attacks to fungus growth. What’s more, moisture and water damage are far more catastrophic for a wood foundation than concrete, since the adverse effects occur much more rapidly once they’re set in motion.

Safety

By and large, concrete foundations are perfectly safe. After all, it functions like a big specially-poured rock sitting under your house. If a leak occurs, the concrete can help mitigate potentially disastrous damage, whereas the wood will soak up the water and immediately put your home at risk. The same is true if a fire breaks out—a wood foundation will ignite where a concrete foundation will see no ill effects.

Ease of repair

When a wood foundation breaks, it is (in theory) much easier to repair than a concrete foundation (which tend to require extensive repair when they break down). There’s a catch, however. Because demand for wood foundations is so low, it can often prove trying (and expensive) to find a proper contractor willing to do the job.

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