When extending any part of your home or building a new property, choosing the right building materials is a must, including the appropriate type of concrete. Popular projects to undertake at domestic properties include upgrading a basement or building a new house extension, both of which will need high-quality concrete supplies. Here are a few of the aspects to consider to help you choose the right concrete for your needs.
Damp Proofing Basements & Conversion Projects
If you already have a basement in your property, are you able to use it in the way you would like? Many people have this convenient space in their home but feel unable to utilise it to its full potential thanks to existing problems you’ll often find with domestic basements. This includes a lack of damp proofing where moisture and condensation are causing multiple issues, such as mould or even pest infestations which have thrived in dark, wet conditions.
However, concrete can be used to transform this space into an excellent area for storage or other functions, depending on its size. The trick is to clear out your basement and ensure it’s as dry as possible. Concrete can then be used to create a sealed floor with added waterproofing properties, damp proofing the area. It can also be used as an essential part of any basement conversion projects, especially if extending the underfloor area to create more space.
Using Concrete for New Build Homes
While basements are not as common these days, home builders understand the importance of creating as much space as possible within the land they have. Therefore, basement spaces can be implemented into modern designs, especially in commercial properties where a cellar is beneficial, such as a pub or restaurant. Concrete is used as an integral part of any build like this as it has so many uses. This includes property foundations, walls and flooring. Concrete not only creates a strong floor on its own but can be used as a subfloor where screed or other flooring materials will be laid over the top for a smoother finish. Concrete can also be selected to construct the steps leading down into the basement.
Concrete for Home Extensions
Concrete is used to build a strong, durable home extension which has all the ground support it needs. The type of concrete chosen for each area it’s needed will depend on the intended use, including footings and foundations to support the weight of the structure. A concrete base may also be required to ensure the ground is completely level. You’ll need to consider whether your new extension is one or two storeys, as a stronger concrete may be necessary as the load increases.
If your property is undergoing an extension project, Maguire can supply a wide variety of concrete solutions, tailored to your requirements. We work across London and Surrey, including Leatherhead, Streatham and Dulwich. Contact us now to discuss what you need.