4 Main Types of Basement Construction Homebuyers Should Look For
The way a basement is constructed determines how stable the home is, yet many homebuyers don’t think about what type of basement construction when looking at properties. While there is no “best” basement construction type per se, there are some important differences to know about before buying a new home.
Concrete footings and walls offer long-lasting stability and are the most common form of basement construction nowadays. Over time, small cracks can develop in the joints connecting the walls to the floor and let water in.
Concrete Block Walls
Using cinder blocks is a form of basement construction that is faster and less expensive. They generally hold up fairly well, but over time water can leak through each cinder block (in addition to the joints connecting the walls to the floor, as with poured concrete). Water can also fill up inside of the hollow cinder blocks. Some basements with concrete block walls are reinforced with rebar for added durability.
The walls have been molded at a manufacturer and transported. This is not as durable as cinder blocks or poured concrete, but it is cheaper. However, they are more resistant to water damage than the other basement construction types. Sometimes water can get in through the joints connecting the walls to the floor.
Stone or Clay Tile Walls
These basement construction types are found in older houses (clay tile walls are usually in historic houses), which makes them visually quite attractive to some homebuyers. They are quite sturdy. However, clay and stone are not the best at keeping out water and will probably require a perimeter drain system.
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