Monolithic slab versus traditional foundation

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by South of Forty, Aug 12, 2004.

  1. South of Forty

    South of Forty Active Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    One of the concrete guys I am getting a bid from for my shop/barn suggests I go with a monolithic type slab rather than a stem wall foundation. ( footer poured, with blocks on top and slab poured between the blocks.) He says it is cheaper and stronger. Not being an expert on foundations is he correct? What are the drawbacks to monolithic versus more traditional foundations?
  2. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

    May 12, 2002
    In beautiful downtown Sticks, near Belleview, Fl.
    Monolithic pours, here in the south reffers to placeing form boards, pouring footer and slab as one piece. Anything useing seperate poured portions and/or blocks is still stem wall by the definiation from my days as a building contractor.

    Go to google with 'monolithic pours', click the 'images' mode, there is about 1,800 articles displaying mono pours.

  3. Marcee

    Marcee Active Member

    May 13, 2003
    i'm not sure how my husband did it, but his shop is a flat slab, but is much thicker around the edges to hold the walls better and prevent shifting and cracking of the floor. he explained that a flat slab will buckle and crack more with changing temperatures. i pay attention, but i am not a carpenter. he builds homes for a living, so actually has a clue.

    an idea: he has placed a bunch of pvc conduit under it before the concrete so he can have simple radiant floor heat. then, his equipment won't freeze, but it won't take so much effort to bring the temp up to a working level with the wood stove.
  4. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

    May 10, 2002
    Between Crosslake and Emily Minnesota
    Almost every cabin, many homes and every unattached garage in central and northern Minnesota are built on "slab" foundations.