At Champion Buildings, Inc., we take pride in offering comprehensive, all-in-one services when it comes to your metal building. We want to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible, which is why we will pour the concrete slab for your quality steel building before construction.
Unlike most other companies who require you to have a concrete slab already down before they will erect your building, our team will take care of it!
Why Do Metal Buildings Need a Concrete Slab?
Having a metal building with a concrete slab is ideal for a solid, stable foundation. It provides a clean surface upon which to erect your steel building and it will help your building last longer. Also, if you plan on using your steel building as a church, restaurant, business, or other commercial site, you’ll need a solid, even base to lay flooring. Concrete is the most reliable, cost-effective foundation for metal buildings, which is why we use it with every project.
Before We Lay a Concrete Slab for a Metal Building
There are a few things that need to be done before your building can be erected. This includes clearing the space of debris, including trees, shrubs and overgrown grasses, or any existing structures, such as an old shed. Once the space is clean, it needs to be made level. For starters, you need to eliminate all of the extra debris, trees, etc. from where you want the building to be located. After you clean up the area, you need to make sure the area is level so that your building will sit flat on the concrete foundation later.
Constructing a Metal Building with a Concrete Slab
We will come out to ensure the land is level, and then we can start laying the new concrete foundation. We work efficiently, but we also make sure to work with utmost care and precision, knowing that your new structure is only as strong as its foundation. The foundation itself will consist of:
- Pier pads to distribute weight more evenly and create a more stable surface
- A perimeter footer
- Four inches of gravel or sand to ensure proper drainage
- Wire, rebar, plastic, and anchor bolts
- A concrete slab that’s typically four to six inches thick, depending on your specifications.
Once the slab is down and the concrete has cured, our team of professionals can erect your metal or steel building with confidence that it will hold up to the elements for years to come.
Concrete Foundation Cost
The cost of a metal building with concrete varies depending on several factors. First, the size of the slab and depth of concrete play a roll, but we will also consider the amount of work necessary to install the slab safely. Mobilization fees are important to understand when looking into concrete slabs. Costs can quickly add up when you look at the cost that incurs when traveling to and from job sites. When looking into mobilization costs, it’s important to factor in the transportation of the team and also transportation of the equipment and tools necessary. The larger the job, the more mobilization costs are spread out.
In terms of preparation, every scenario is different. In most cases, drainage is the most important aspect of concrete slab costs. A faulty drainage system can cause numerous roadblocks and issues that can quickly become costly! The grade of concrete is another aspect to understand. Some areas require sub-grade materials to be added prior to pouring the concrete, which can add to the cost. Lastly, installation aspects are worth looking into when calculating the total cost of a project start-to-finish. For example, if there are tight areas that heavy machinery cannot access, the installation cost may increase because additional equipment would need to be brought in to complete the job. We will provide you with an accurate estimate when you call us for a custom quote!
Are Hairline Cracks in New Concrete Normal?
Hairline cracks in concrete, often referred to as shrinkage cracks, commonly occur shortly after the concrete is poured. These cracks are almost never a threat to the structural integrity of the concrete, as long as the drainage has been properly evaluated and configured. Concrete slabs will expand during hot weather and push against anything adjacent, which is worth keeping in mind.
How Long Should Concrete Slabs Last?
How long concrete slabs last depends on the overall strength and durability of the initial placement of concrete. If concrete slabs are poured and configured with proper drainage and preparation, they typically become stronger over time. Reinforced concrete requires steel reinforcement in order to meet required design strength which is something to keep in mind when evaluating concrete slab lifespans. Concrete properties such as shrinkage, creep, poisson’s ratio, modular ratio, unit weight, overall durability, tensile strength, compressive strength, and characteristic strength are important to understand. In short, well-maintained concrete slabs can last forever if prepped and poured correctly. If you’re interested in learning more about concrete durability, feel free to let us know!
Do All Concrete Slabs Need Rebar?
No, not all concrete slabs need to be reinforced with rebar. In many cases for large concrete slabs, reinforcing steel along with building permits are often required before the project can begin. Concrete slabs that carry substantial loads such as foundation walls and columns usually do require reinforced steel, unlike driveways, small sheds, and walkways. What is rebar? Rebar is short for reinforcing bar and consists of mild steel robs that vary in thickness. The most common thickness for rebar is 3/8″ and 1/2″.
Does Rebar Keep Prevent Concrete From Cracking?
In many cases, yes. Tension forces commonly cause concrete to crack, which is where rebar comes into play. Rebar is designed to help prevent cracks from manifesting into larger, more serious cracks and also prevents concrete slabs from moving apart. If you have additional questions about our concrete slab installation process, our FAQ page may be of help.
Does Champion Buildings Provide the Concrete Slab Foundation?
Our team of concrete specialists will provide a slab per the specifications outlined in the engineer sealed foundation drawings provided. The concrete foundation will consist of pier pads beneath each column, a perimeter footer, 4″ gravel or sand, wire, rebar, plastic, anchor bolts and a slab thickness per your specifications (typically 4″ – 6″).
What Thickness is the Concrete Slab?
Your concrete foundation will be a minimum of 4″ thick. However, if you’re planning to use your metal building to store heavy vehicles and equipment, we will recommend a 6″ slab. This is something we will help guide you on depending on the usage of your building.
Why Choose Champion Buildings for Your Metal Building with a Concrete Slab?
As we mentioned, most metal building installation companies have you do the heavy lifting when it comes to preparing to have a metal building installed on your land, leaving you with two options:
- Pouring a concrete slab yourself, which is definitely not a project we would recommend for a beginner.
- Call contractors, get quotes, and work with their schedule before the building can be installed.
You run the risk of having a concrete slab that’s not the best quality, which holds up the process more.
At Champion Buildings, Inc., we devote the same care and attention to laying your concrete slab as we do to erecting your new metal building. This is because we understand how important it is to have a stable, solid foundation so we can make sure the job is done right from the beginning to end. When looking for a company to manage and pour your concrete slab, it’s important to do your research and uncover any red flags such as indications poor customer service, ensure the company is experienced with a demonstrated history of reliability and stability, and ensure that the company has viable insurance that would be sufficient enough to cover your building and project in the event of an unexpected accident.
Let Us Pour the Concrete for Your Metal Building
We can pour the concrete to give your metal building a solid foundation. Whether you are looking for a commercial or agricultural building, we can help! For more information or to purchase your metal building, contact us today!