Advantages & disadvantages using slab concrete in foundations

by Joe N. Pollifrone 05/02/2022

Home builders have used concrete in foundation creation for centuries. While a concrete slab is not your only choice of foundation type, it’s the most commonly used across all climates. While a concrete slab foundation might be the best option for some, there are some downsides. Here is a guide to the main pros & cons of having a concrete slab foundation:

Advantages of slab concrete foundations

  • Slab foundations dry quicker than a basement foundation or crawlspace, allowing construction to move forward sooner without delays.
  • A concrete slab provides more protection against termites and other insects that could otherwise enter the home through open spaces under the home.
  • Slab foundations minimize the risk of water damage and chance of radon gas leakage into the home.
  • Concrete slab foundations are the most cost-effective choice for foundation type.

Disadvantages of slab concrete foundations

  • With a concrete slab foundation, there is no basement or crawlspace. This means a lack of opportunity to use a basement as additional storage or living space. Also, heating and cooling systems that could otherwise be installed in the crawlspace beneath the house will instead take up space inside on the first floor.
  • Slabs can crack. While this type of foundation is extremely sturdy, it’s not invincible. Tree roots, soil erosion, frozen ground and earthquakes can all cause cracks, which are difficult and expensive to repair.
  • Concrete slab foundations necessitate additional insulation for ground-floor ductwork. Without additional insulation, heating and cooling ducts cannot maintain proper temperature.

Is a concrete slab foundation right for your new home? Whether you’re building or buying a new house, consider these pros and cons of slab foundation to make the best decision for your home.

About the Author
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Joe N. Pollifrone

For over 30 years, Joe Pollifrone has practiced real estate full-time as a licensed Real Estate Broker in California. Joe’s vast sales experience includes duplexes, tri-plexes, four-plexes, apartment buildings, land, condominiums, townhomes, fixer-uppers, estate properties, and bank-owned properties (REOs). He also is active in selling non-owner occupied properties and is well-versed in 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, property management, tenant/landlord issues, and local laws. During Joe’s career to date, he has sold in excess of $200,000,000 of real estate, including over $32,000,000 in REOs. 

Joe brought his deep experience to Sereno Group Willow Glen as a Broker Associate in 2012. He was the Sales Manager and lead a top-producing office. Joe would mentor new Sereno hires, making sure that they’re comfortable with the ethos of the office, plugged into Sereno’s network of contacts, and well-versed in the technology required of today’s real estate professionals. 

Joe prides himself on his proven ability to negotiate, extensive knowledge of contracts, and securing close of escrows in a timely manner. Both he and his clients credit his success to effective communication skills, honesty, and hard work. Joe is a native of San Jose and resides in Willow Glen with his wife of twenty-seven years, Kimi, his daughters Milan and Micaela and their two Goldendoodles, Tony-Luca and Marco.