Prefabricated house manufacturers utilize many effective strategies for the installation of insulated precast foundation. Some of these foundations are steel reinforced concrete ribs lying vertically and horizontally across the panels, while the others are solid precast concrete panels. These panels are precast mainly in the controlled environment of a factory to minimize any weather delays. It usually takes around five hours for the proper installation of the panelized foundation.
Since the manufacturing is carried out in the controlled environment of a factory, it allows the manufacturer to properly use the concrete admixtures to focus on the strength of the material. Through proper control of the concrete mixture, the usage of low water/cement ratios is allowed. This enables the material to be dense enough to prevent water penetration.
Moreover, this has added benefits, as the installation of the foundation requires only less time than a formed concrete wall. The following are some of the tips for effectively installing insulated precast foundation in prefab modular homes.
Removing Non-Essential Materials
Insulated precast foundation uses components having the required strength and load bearing capacity for usage across different kinds of floor plans. The wall panels, apart from serving as building facades, can also act as load bearing systems, which eliminates usage of non-essential materials. In addition, these wall panels can serve as the interior structure of a prefabricated house.
The proper design offers many advantages like the removal of any extra framing and drywall. In addition, many foundation works and structural steel usage can be eliminated through good design.
Considering the Thermal Mass and Insulation Capacity
Thermal capacity is one of the key advantages of insulated precast foundation as it helps in the regulation of heat in prefab modular homes. Precast concrete also has the capacity to store heat and reduce the daily loss of temperature. Properly sandwiching the materials used can enable the precast foundation to offer high insulation rate, which will significantly lower the requirements linked to Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC).
Minimizing Construction Waste
The absence of any additional packaging involved in the delivery process of the components of insulated precast foundation enables contractors to minimize site impact. Moreover, the large pieces that are delivered have good aesthetic and structural design considerations, and it helps in minimizing any site disturbances.