As a Round Rock homeowner or potential buyer, you chose this city because of its suburban feel and close proximity to the much larger city of Austin, Texas. There are plenty of things to love about Round Rock, especially if you enjoy the outdoors. However, there are also some things you should watch out for when it comes to your home.
The clay soil has been known to cause problems for homeowners so it’s important to watch for signs that your foundation may be shifting. Cracks in the walls, bowing or gaps around windows that weren’t there previously are apparent signs you need to talk to a foundation expert. Whether you have a slab or pier and beam foundation, Centex can help.
A slab foundation is a flat layer of concrete. It has some advantages, such as lower risk of gas leaks or flooding. It can also be healthier to use a slab foundation because there is no crawl space under the home. However, there are also some disadvantages.
For example, it can be difficult to detect and repair plumbing problems underneath the slab. The slab could also shift with the soil or if invasive tree roots get too close to the home. Centex has two options for repairing a slab foundation.
Centerbeam Steel Pier
The centerbeam steel pier method is our exclusive, patented solution to your foundation problems. Centerbeam Steel Pier systems are installed under the foundation and have an extremely low failure rate of less than 1%. When you choose this option, interlocking steel piers will be installed under the house, ensuring the foundation is level and stays that way.
Centex doesn’t use subcontractors so you can be sure that the crew working on your home’s foundation is fully trained and experienced in the process. Crews arrive in uniform with a foreman and field superintendent to ensure the project is successful.
Choosing this option for your foundation repair can add value to your home. While it’s unlikely you’ll ever have another problem with your home’s foundation, Centerbeam Steel Pier systems come with a lifetime transferable warranty, meaning anyone who purchases your home in the future can expect the same service you would get if you ever have a question about your home’s foundation or the system holding it in place.
Concrete Pressed Piling
Concrete pressed piling is an affordable option for leveling your foundation. Instead of steel piers, we use concrete pillars. The pillars are hydraulically driven into the ground as far as possible for ultimate support. You invest a lot of money and time into your home and it’s important for it to be stable. We’ve been installing these pillars for decades under homes in Round Rock, Texas and understand you may not be in a position to spend a fortune to repair your home’s foundation. Don’t assume because the repair isn’t expensive, it is not high quality. We provide you with a lifetime transferable service agreement with your repair.
Pier and Beam Foundation
If you have a home built prior to 1950, you may have a pier and beam foundation. This type of foundation makes your home less susceptible to flooding and makes it easy to access electrical as well as plumbing lines.
However, older homes are prone to various problems, such as shifting of the foundation. If you have noticed cracks on the outside of your home or even on interior walls, or if the doors inside your home don’t close easily, you may need pier and beam foundation repair. This could be caused by a number of things, including rodents or insects that infest the crawl space under the home.
Repairs for this type of foundation can be completed in four steps. We do thorough foundation inspections to determine the problem and design a solution. This includes examining your home and listening to your concerns.
After we understand the extent of foundation shifting, our team will shore the existing beams under your home. If you have skirting around the crawl space to prevent animals from getting under your home, that will likely be removed.
Next, our crew will tie rebar and pour 12 inches of concrete. We check for rotting wood and replace it if necessary. When the concrete dries, we’ll level your home and place concrete beams to support your house. We’ll then backfill any holes and complete the job.
After the work is complete, you may notice the cracks around your home disappear. It’s also possible that you’ll notice new cracks. Our work comes with a lifetime service agreement. This means you’ll have a full warranty for five years and only have a nominal fee if you need foundation service in the future.
Quality You Can Trust
You don’t have to live with a shifting foundation. After all, if you don’t address it, it will only get worse over time. You need a company you can trust to repair your foundation and save your home. Centex is that company.
We’ve been helping homeowners like you in Round Rock, Texas since 1992. No matter whether your home needs extensive repairs or doesn’t really have a foundation problem, we are going to tell you the truth.
Your home is likely the biggest investment you’ll ever make and when the foundation starts to shift, you need an expert who is on your side. We’ll fully inspect your home and tell you how we can help. You’ll never be charged for a consultation about your foundation when you call Centex.
Foundation problems can occur whether you have a slab or pier and beam foundation. Contact Centex at the first sign your foundation may be shifting so we can discuss the options that can help you avoid further damage to your most valuable asset.