Foundation Construction & Repair

Foundations are inherent to the construction of any structure, as they are the link between the structure itself and the soil, to which they safely transfer the weight load allowing the structure to be stable.

Foundation Contractors in DFW


In construction, foundation refers to the lowest part of a building or structure, which is in direct contact with the soil and will transfer loads from the structure to the soil safety. Traditionally, foundations are divided into two types: shallow foundation and deep foundation.

A shallow foundation transfers the load to a stratum in a shallow depth. On the other hand, the deep foundation transfers the load to a deeper depth below the ground surface. Shallow foundations include several possible sub-types, including: individual footings, strip footings, and raft foundations. 

  • Individual footings appear to be one of the most common types of foundation, and they are used when the weight of the building is carried by columns. 
  • Regarding strip footings, they are generally used in load-bearing masonry construction and act as a long strip that supports the load of an entire wall. These are used when the building weight is carried by walls, rather than columns. 
  • As for raft foundations (also called mat foundations), they are often used when a basement will be constructed. In these cases, the basement floor acts as the foundation and the weight is evenly dispatched over the entire footprint of the building.

Deep foundations usually involve concrete piles planted in the soil deep down so that a structure can be supported on top of it. This type of foundations is used when there is a layer of weak soil at the surface. This first layer does not support the weight itself, rather transfers it to the ground below. There are two types of foundation: end bearing piles and friction piles. In end bearing piles, the bottom end of the pile rests on a layer of especially strong soil or rock. With friction piles, the load of the building is transferred to the soil across the full height of the pile (by friction).

Foundations are inherent to the construction of any structure, as they are the link between the structure itself and the soil, to which they safely transfer the weight load allowing the structure to be stable.

A foundation is designed to both sustain and transfer the load to the soil. It’s possible to avoid differential settlements by having a rigid base for the foundation. Moreover, the deeper the foundation, the better as this will prevent any form of damage or distress. And finally, the location of the foundation should be specifically chosen based on the recommendations from your commercial construction contractor.

Expert tip: Foundation problems can mainly result from shrinkage and swelling due to temperature changes.

No matter the specifications of your project, Reliable Commercial is able to help you with your foundation project. We have exceptional experience in this crucial first step of a construction project. And we’re not only experts in foundation setting, but also in foundation repair.

About the Process

For every step of a construction project, including the simplest and the most complex, we make sure all our predefined processes are scrupulously respected in an effort to ensure a successful outcome.

Construction projects always take a considerable amount of time and work and represent a consequent investment. Working with the following steps enables us to make sure each project has everything it needs and can follow projected delivery dates. 


  • Planning
  • Design
  • Pre-Construction
  • Procurement
  • Commercial Construction
  • Post-Construction

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Do you have a question that we could answer? Chances are we’ve heard it, lived it, fixed it, or built it – so lay it on us.

How long does it take for a house to settle (or “bed down”)?

In general, buildings bed down following the completion of construction, and this can take up to 10 years after the end of the project.

How deep is the foundation of a 5-story building?

A 5-story building will have a foundation that represents at least one floor; but this will also depend on the soil itself.

How much foundation movement is acceptable?

The ASCE defined the deflection ratio as the maximum distance from a straight line, drawn between two points on a foundation and the surface of a foundation. If this standard is applied, it means that the excess of 1 inch over a 15-foot span is acceptable.

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