Wafflemat installation in Mobile, Alabama
Attached are seven pictures of a Wafflemat installation in Mobile, Alabama. The
foundation is for a large (6700 sf) custom home built smack on Mobile Bay. It used
Local building code required a deeper perimeter beam, because it's located right
on the water's edge. The top of the foundation had to be elevated well above existing
ground, because the area is often flooded when hit by large storms. As you know,
deep beams are usually not required with the Wafflemat System. However, when local
building codes require it, or the foundation needs to be elevated, or the soil is
highly expansive, or the building is heavily loaded, Wafflemat will also work well
with deeper beams. The photos show what a Wafflemat with deep beams looks like.
The principle of the Wafflemat absorbing the soil expansion is still the same--with
or without deeper beams--as long as the beam widths are kept within limits.
Also, this foundation is being reinforced with rebar, per local building practice,
not PT cables.
Finally, this project is a direct result of the owner searching the Internet for
'strongest foundations,' seeing our website, then having his engineer call us and
discuss the system. The owner's only concern was to get the most reliable foundation
possible, and he did extensive research and saw nothing better than Wafflemat (that's
a quote). We then consulted with his engineer via phone, then in person, and in
it went -- Roll Tide!
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