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Slab foundations have plenty of benefits, but they also have several issues, many of which depend on the region you're building your home. Here are the important things to consider when it comes to deciding whether a slab foundation is right for you:
The Cons of Concrete Slab Foundations
Climate is extremely important when it comes to slab foundations. If the ground freezes, you risk the slab cracking. Thus, you generally see slab foundations in the southern regions where the ground doesn't freeze often. Another disadvantage of a slab foundation is that it requires you to take up living space for water heaters and HVAC units that could otherwise be hidden in a basement or crawlspace. Whiles some builders put the HVAC units in the ceiling to conserve space, this creates an extra expense for the homeowner when it's time to replace the unit. Putting the unit in a closet somewhere makes it easier to replace and cuts down on labor when it's time to replace it.
Additional disadvantages include:
The Benefits of a Slab Foundation
As long as you live in the right area, the benefits of a slab foundation can definitely outweigh the cons. You'll save a lot of money compared to building a basement. Certain types of crawlspace are more expensive than slab foundations. Some other benefits to consider:
Even if you live in a region where homes frequently use slab foundations, it's certainly not your only choice. Make sure to discuss the possibilities with your builder to determine the best option.