A slab basement is a concrete basement without footings. The basement walls are built and then a concrete slab is poured. This creates a concrete slab floor that is, in reality, a floating slab. The term floating slab basement means that the concrete slab is able to move up and down as the ground moves or freezes.
What Does Slab Basement Mean?
A slab basement is a type of foundation that is built directly on the ground, without a basement. Slab basements are most common in warm climates where the ground does not freeze.
They are also common in homes with a crawl space. Slab basements are usually made of concrete, which is poured into forms and then allowed to cure.
The concrete floor is then covered with a layer of insulation to keep the basement warm. A layer of vapor barrier is also added to keep moisture from entering the basement.
Slab basements can be finished or unfinished. Unfinished slab basements are typically used for storage or laundry rooms.
Finished slab basements can be used as living space, but they may not be as comfortable as a basement with a higher ceiling. Slab basements are less expensive to build than basements with a foundation, but they are not as strong.
They are also more susceptible to moisture and mold.