Pier and Beam
Good morning, let’s talk P&B.
Nope that is not peanut and butter. That is pier and beam.
This is the second of the three foundations that we have in Texas. This design is much older and still used today. It serves the same purpose as the slab on grade just in a much different way. This type of foundation has piers. These are upright structures that support the building’s live and dead loads. The load is transferred from the building to a footer then to the soil. Footer is a wider piece of the puzzle. This allows for less pounds per square in to be applied to the soil, but is still much higher than that of the slab on grade. Across the top of the piers you have beams or girders as some may call them. This is where all the magic happens, and the house begins to be built. I will not go into wall structure because it just goes up from there (Pun intended). In a nutshell this is a small description of pier and beam. As always, we are here for you. Please call us with any of your inspection needs, or if you just simply have a question.