SlabTek™ Suspended Slabs Available to DFW New Home Market through Advanced Foundation Repair and Smart Slabs

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Technology is improving everything in our lives including our home foundations. The latest is a suspended slab technology developed by SlabTek™. By reducing construction costs, builders now have a foundation system that virtually eliminates foundation movement. It is now available to the DFW area through Advanced Foundation Repair and Smart Slab.

SlabTek™ is used by Smart Slabs for new home construction. SlabTek’s™ engineered solution requires fewer materials than conventional suspended slabs.

SlabTek Suspended Slabs

I expect the SlabTek™ technology to substantially reduce the need for future foundation repairs.

Advanced Foundation Repair, LP (Advanced) has signed an agreement under which Advanced will lift all SlabTek™ suspended slabs poured by Smart Slab. Smart Slab, a residential foundation contractor, currently has the largest share of the Dallas-Fort Worth market for SlabTek™ slabs.

SlabTek™, an exciting new slab technology providing a more cost effective approach to building suspended slabs on expansive, is poised to revolutionize new home construction and the foundation industry. By reducing construction costs, builders now have a foundation system that virtually eliminates foundation movement. The goal is to all but eliminate the need for future foundation repairs.

Developed by Tony Childress, P.E., S.E., and Mike Kelly, P.E., of Childress Engineering Services, Inc., SlabTek™ is used by Smart Slabs for new home construction. SlabTek’s™ engineered solution requires fewer materials than conventional suspended slabs. This reduces Smart Slabs’ costs. There are no interior grade beams, only a shallow beam around the perimeter is used. This in turn requires approximately 30% less concrete than a conventional suspended slab. The SlabTek design also provides for approximately 10% to 20% less piers than conventional suspended slabs. Slabs are poured on top of the ground over drilled piers. Once the post tension cables are pulled, Advanced Foundation Repair uses SlabTek™ lifting mechanisms located over the piers, and embedded in slabs, to raise slabs above the ground to desired heights.

According to Fred Marshall, the owner of Advanced, “I expect the SlabTek™ technology to substantially reduce the need for future foundation repairs. Not only does the technology provide a cost effective way to build a suspended slab, but it also reduces the costs of lot development, the need for homeowner foundation maintenance (foundation watering), and warranty costs for homebuilders.”

Bill Donald, Manager of Smart Slabs, LLC said, “My experience with SlabTek™ began four years ago as one of the first custom home builders to install the SlabTek foundation system. I was so sold on the technology that I became a ‘certified installer’. My 15 years experience in the general contracting business gives me a bit broader view of how everything works together. I have installed SlabTek™ in a number of locations here because it proved to generate very sizeable savings over conventional methods. Because it is so technologically superior to other slab methods, I now specialize in SlabTek™ suspended slab foundations.”

Advanced Foundation Repair, LP, a Texas based business, specializes in foundation repair through both preventive applications and repairs. Offering drainage solutions, root and moisture barriers, plumbing services, construction services, foundation maintenance programs and foundation repairs, Advanced is able to provide residential and commercial building owners multi-tiered foundation and construction solutions.

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