The two most common types of materials used for foundation stumps that support the structure of a house are concrete and timber. The wooden stumps are less expensive than their concrete counterparts, but offer less stability and are more prone to the weather and soil elements. Concrete stumps have become the preferred choice of restumping, reblocking, and underpinning projects.
Why Use Concrete
There are many advantages to using stumps made of concrete instead of timber. They include:
- Foundation stumps made of concrete offer more support, stability, and strength to the floors and walls of the house. The stumps are able to distribute the weight of the floors more evenly, which results in the foundation developing less wear and tear.
- They last longer and are able to weather most soil conditions that Melbourne has to offer. The stumps do not rot or decay as easily as wood. They are resistant to the levels of humidity and the heat in the city, which allows them to retain their shape and solidity in all weather conditions.
- Once the stumps are inserted into the ground, they require minimal maintenance. The only thing the homeowners need to do is check the stumps once in a while for any signs of cracks.
- As a material, concrete is non-combustible. Foundations made from concrete will not catch fire, adding to the safety and security of the structure.
Concrete stumps may cost more than timber stumps, but over the period of fifteen to twenty years they tend to be the better investment. Once they have been fixed to the floors and inserted into the soil, they do not require supervision or checks of any kind from contractors or the building council. The concrete foundation provides a safe, reliable base for your house that can last a lifetime.