Off to A Good Start: Why Your New Home's Foundation Is So Important

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Foundations are not only the first part of your new home to be put into place, but they are also one of the most important. Every other aspect of your home will be built upon the foundation, and mistakes made during this early step could prove catastrophic during the life of your house. Here in Florida there are special challenges faced when pouring a foundation for a new home. Our sandy soil, tendency toward excessive settling, and rainy seasons mean we have to take extra care when starting a new house. Our goal is to build a structure that will last for generations, and the foundation is the most important part of that. 

There are several important factors in putting in a high-quality and well-built foundation, including: 

  • Having a good base to start with. Firmly packing the soil under the home ("tamping" or compacting) is very important before measuring out and pouring the slab. This ensures that you'll have minimal erosion or settling of the soil. 

  • Patience is key. Once the foundation is poured, it's critical to give the slab time to cure before continuing the building process. Being in a rush not only means you make more mistakes, but it also means your foundation won't be the solid base you need for the rest of your home. Letting it fully harden gives peace of mind that all measurements are accurate, everything is solidified, and the rest of the building process can continue smoothly. 

  • Even concrete needs to be sealed. It might surprise you to know that even your concrete foundation needs to be sealed upon curing, to keep out moisture and help it last longer. Wood isn't the only thing susceptible to water over time! 

While there are many "DIY instructions" online for planning and pouring slab foundations, it is a technique perfected by, and best performed by, professional contractors. Not only do they have the experience and knowledge to see any problems before they happen (and know how to respond properly if they do) but they also have the licensure and insurance to protect you during the home building process. For Central Florida homeowners, or those looking to build, Williams Construction Company is who they call first. We have extensive experience in building custom homes, spec homes, industrial spaces, and churches. We are your one-stop for all of your contracting needs, whether that means putting together your space from the ground up, or simply installing a new door or renovating a kitchen or bathroom in your existing home. Give us a call and let us help you achieve a space you love. 

Preparing for Hurricane Irma: Is Your House Ready for The Storm?

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As Florida gears up for the approach of Hurricane Irma, many residents throughout the state are worried about their homes and possessions being lost or damaged in the extreme wind and heavy rain that will come along with the storm. While nothing can guarantee the safety of your home and the things inside it, there are some precautions you can take to help your home better weather the storm, and help you manage if you choose to ride out Irma instead of evacuating the area. 

First, bring in all outdoor furniture and any loose accessories or objects from around the home. These can turn into weapons against your house in high winds, and that can lead to more damage than the wind alone would cause. Additionally, look around your home for any low-hanging branches that could cause a problem, and remove them if possible. Keep in mind where large tress might overhang your home, and avoid those areas during the storm itself since you would be at higher risk of injury if the tree did indeed fall and damage your home. 

For areas expecting excessive winds, boarding your doors and windows might be a good option. Plywood is a great way to keep glass windows safe, and keep your doors from blowing in during the storm. Roll up towels along door and window seams as well to keep out water and protect your home's interior. If you live in a flood-prone area, take time to collect sandbags (available for free at local fire stations, police stations, and other public service providers) and use them to blockade areas that might be overtaken by water and cause damage to your house. 

Finally, be ready to take action following the storm by having providers' numbers on hand for repair work that might be needed on your home. Williams Construction company is a local Central Florida business and we're right here in the midst of the storm with you. We are ready to tackle damage to your home, including roof repair, water damage, and more. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow Floridians. See you on the other side of the storm, and stay safe!