Having a strong foundation is crucial for the structural integrity of any building. However, before the foundation is created, a building pad is made. Here, the team at C. L. Richardson Construction, Ashland, MO’s go-to excavating company, discusses the importance of building pads.
What Are Building Pads?
Building pads are elevated areas of ground that have been flatted by the weight and pressure of a bulldozer. Once the area is leveled and cleared of vegetation, a homebuilder can begin their plans to lay the structure’s foundation, which will go onto a building pad. The excavated area is usually 10 feet wider and longer than the projected housing dimensions to ensure there is enough space to accommodate the structure. The pad is then compacted to prevent shifting or eroding from heavy equipment and inclement weather.
Why Are Building Pads Necessary?
There are several reasons to have an adequate building pad when erecting a new home. For instance, if your new home will be in a flood zone, you’ll need the pad to elevate the structure before construction begins. You can also use it to keep your home leveled or add a “raised” look, with steps leading up to the front door. In some cases, failure to build a sturdy pad can cause the house to settle over time, resulting in expensive structural damage.
Who Creates the Building Pad?
You will need to contact a qualified grading contractor with experience working in various types of terrain to construct the building pad. Improperly constructed pads can lead to significant delays in the construction of your new home and leave you responsible for thousands of dollars in repairs. To avoid costly complications and potential injury, it’s best to hire a contractor with plenty of experience.
For over 65 years, the licensed grading contractors at C. L. Richardson Construction have prepared hundreds of work sites with building pads for residents and business owners throughout the Ashland area. By using the latest industry techniques, they are committed to finding cost-effective solutions for their clients, so no job falls behind schedule. For more information about building pads or any of their other available services, call (573) 657-9557 today or visit them online.