Cold weather slab foundations, also known as frost-protected shallow foundations (FPSFs), are an alternative foundation style designed to withstand the harsh winters and freezing temperatures of colder climates in New Hampshire. They are different from traditional slab foundations in that they do not need to be excavated below the frost line. This is because they use a layer of insulation to prevent the ground underneath the foundation from freezing.
There are several benefits to slab foundations, including:
FPSFs are built by first excavating a shallow trench around the perimeter of the building. The trench is then filled with a layer of gravel, followed by a layer of insulation. A concrete slab is then poured over the insulation.
The insulation used in FPSFs is typically made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) or extruded polystyrene (XPS). These materials are very effective at preventing heat loss and keeping the ground underneath the foundation warm.
Mono Slab®️ EZ Form is a patented product that allows you to form, insulate, and backfill all before you pour and place concrete when forming FPSF Slab-on-Grade foundations. Mono Slab®️ removes several steps compared to the traditional forming and insulating process.
Mono Slab EZ Form is made of expanded polystyrene (EPS), which is a very effective insulation material. The forms come in 8-foot lengths and a variety of styles for residential, commercial, and arctic foundations and can be used to create foundations of any shape or size. The unique design has a superior R-value which allows it to be used in locations where the extreme freezing temperatures restrict other FPSF methods from being used.
To use Mono Slab EZ Form, you simply place the forms on the ground and backfill around them with gravel or sand. Once the forms are backfilled, you can pour concrete directly into them.
Mono Slab EZ Form has a number of advantages over traditional FPSF construction methods, including:
If you are considering building a home or commercial property in New Hampshire, a monolithic slab foundation is a great option and Mono Slab®️ is the superior choice.
It is faster, more cost-effective, and more versatile than traditional methods. If you are looking for the best way to build a slab foundation, Mono Slab®️ EZ Form is the way to go.
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