Foundations



“It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it is the construction of the
foundation that will stand the test of time.” - David Allan Coe

The foundation type you will need for your building depends on a mix of factors: building design, soil conditions, loading, environmental conditions, and the cost of construction. We will be able to assist you in determining which foundation will work for your project.

The building site soil affects the type, depth, and size of your foundation. Below is a table created by TheConstructor.org with detail on how these factors determine foundations with sandy or clay soils.

https://theconstructor.org/geotechnical/foundation-considerations-based-on-soil-types/8414/

Excavation and soil work is the first step in physically preparing your site for a foundation. The ground beneath your building must be made to stay firm throughout the life of the structure. This involves soil testing and soil compaction using heavy equipment. It also includes drainage so water doesn’t interfere with the ground stability under the building. Grading and terracing to direct water elsewhere help ensure proper drainage away from your new structure without directing it into neighboring buildings.

If you will be erecting a metal building, a useful guide to metal building foundations can be found at Structure Magazine. We are licensed American Buildings Company metal building contractors. You can learn more about our local expertise here. Our excavation supervisors have the knowledge to complete your project the right way. They are certified in storm water management and state licensed in new fire line installations and maintenance and septic installs and maintenance. We are knowledgeable about the soils of the Grand Valley and understand what our local soils need.

We own the equipment commonly used to excavate and compact soil in preparation for the foundation. Our heavy equipment operators are highly trained with the real-world experience needed to complete your project quickly and smoothly.

For your free project quote call our estimator, Stuart Reed, at (970) 241-5164.

Every aspect of your foundation will be handled smoothly and professionally by
Merritt & Associates.