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Understanding the Effects Common Types of Soil Can Have On Metal Building Foundations

Are you having a new metal building installed? Have you considered which type of soil will be the best foundation for a new metal building?

You will want to have a very stable foundation that will not move or shift in any way regardless of weather, such as rain and snow, or even flooding if you happen to live in a flood-prone area. You want a foundation that has good drainage and will avoid water pooling around your building. This can cause severe damage to the building from creating weakness or cracking in the foundation.

So what is the best soil for your foundation? There are six types of soil that people commonly use as foundation soil. These soils are peat, clay, silt, loam, rock, as well as sand and gravel. These soils are not all created equal. Some are better as a foundational material than others because each one has its own unique properties that are appropriate in different climates and environments. Soils that do not provide enough stability allow metal buildings to sink or lean, ruining the building’s integrity and investment.

Soils are also particularly susceptible to weather elements such as rain and snow, and in particular, flooding. If you live in a moist climate or you happen to live in a flood-prone area, this will affect which type of soil you can use for a foundation. Soils such as clay and silt are expandable, which means they change size dramatically based on whether they are wet or dry. Factors like these mean that while a soil might make good a foundation in one region, it may be less than desirable in another area where the climate is very different.

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