Bench Footings – One way of lowering your basement in Toronto
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Bench Footings

Bench footings, also referred to as benching is a basement lowering process that is meant to add living space to your home at an affordable price and in a shorter time. If you have been longing to change your basement into a more useful space and want to modify it say to a study room or bedroom, benching would be a nice way to fulfill your needs. Bench footing can be easily done and is not as involving as underpinning which is more expensive and takes longer to implement. That aside, bench footing is ideal for you if you want to increase living space without interfering with the house’s foundation.

Why does your home need bench footings?

Bench footing is an ideal solution for your basement lowering for the fact that you need extra space for your home and you need to add value to your home. The idea comes to mind if your foundation walls have cracked or are buckled. A weak foundation can prove to be very detrimental to your homes standing strength and may result in partial collapsing or sinking of the house. So, there is need to maintain the foundations firmness and strength so that it can effectively hold down the building structure.

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Required procedure for installing bench footings

Bench footing is a basement lowering process whereby extra support is added to your home using bench foots at the corners of the foundation walls. The basement level is lowered to a preferred depth and the foundation structures widened for a more stable home. Well, in a simplified manner, here is the step-by-step guide to how benching is conducted by the contractors in Toronto.

  • The basement floors are excavated creating a trench at the sides. The trench can be 2 to 3-feet wide depending on the size of the structure. This creates a perimeter around the basement floors on the interior side.
  • Through the created perimeter, the soil is removed and the angle of repose (usually 45degrees) is measured from the base of the footing, depending on the type of soil. The soil is dug up to a certain depth where the new basement floors will be installed.
  • The trench is now filled with concrete and left to dry for about two days. For the remaining part of the floor, it is excavated and the new basement floors are designed in alignment to the bench footings on the sides of the room.
  • Once the bench footings are done with, the rest of activities such as plumbing and replacement of old pipes can be conducted and the new space renovated with a beautiful modern finishing.

Importance and pros of bench footings

Bench footings as a basement lowering process has several benefits and importance which the home owner enjoys after installation is done. Comparing bench footings and underpinning, as much as underpinning is preferred by most homeowners, benching also has its advantages. The main importance of bench footings include;

  • Extra foundation support
  • Increased living space
  • Damp-free home with healthier air
  • Increases home value

For the advantages over underpinning, benching is better in that;

  • It is less labor intensive
  • Cheaper
  • It takes less time to complete
  • Less excavation and work is required
  • You can modify the benches to have add effects to the room

Demerits of bench footings

Benching also has disadvantages, a reason why most Toronto home owners prefer Underpinning. The demerits of bench footings are based on the space left once the installation and decoration of the basement has been complete. Due to the benches created, the living space is reduced and appears smaller in size. In addition to that, during digging and preparing to create the bench footings, you cannot excavate the soil to your preferred depth and need to determine the stability of the house before doing so. In case you tried digging up and the faultiness in the foundation walls are severe, the damage caused can be so disastrous and lead to worse problems. The bench footings created are also a hindrance to the walls since they protrude a distance from the wall. It is also not as effective as underpinning in fixing cracks in the wall structures and may require additional fees to repair the cracks.

Finding the right contractor for benching as a solution for basement lowering

For every construction job, there is always someone who is more experienced and is dedicated to their work. A good contractor understands your needs and what is required to complete the job successfully. Basement benching does not require much work, but the professional you hire and his team need to familiarize themselves with your home and determine whether they can go ahead to add the bench footings or use a different method to achieve the same benefits. There is that basement lowering company that offers quality services and everyone in town is satisfied with their work. You can ask around the home owners of Toronto who they think is the best suited contractor for the job and work with their reviews and referrals to choose the best contractor in Toronto. More so, you need to ensure that the contractor and his team are reliable, can complete the job in time and are legally certified by the state to carry out their business.

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