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Alternative Foundation Options

08/31/2016 · HT037

VersaTube structures can be anchored to a foundation of prepared ground, gravel, asphalt, or concrete.  While we do recommend VersaTube structures be anchored in concrete, whichever foundation treatment you choose can be achieved with relative ease.  

If a concrete foundation is not in the budget just now, here are a few of your other choices and highlights of their pros and cons.  If you decide to go with a concrete foundation at a later date, the VersaTube structure can always be taken down and re-assembled.

  •  Earth – A floor made out of earth works fine for a carport and can even be used for a garage or outbuilding as long as there are concrete footings and piers to support the structure. Keep in mind that the floor is going to be dusty when it’s dry and muddy when it rains – even a freshly washed car that’s dripping may cause a mess.

  •  Gravel – spreading stone is a step up from an earth floor. If you have anything other than a carport, you’ll more than likely still need concrete footings and piers. Gravel is much less expensive than concrete so you may want to use it as a temporary floor if you’re on a tight budget.

  •  Asphalt – this is a great floor material, however, depending on the size of your building, you may still need concrete to provide support. Asphalt can be installed after the foundation is in and it makes for a very durable and attractive garage floor. The material should be sealed on a regular basis much the same as an asphalt driveway to protect it from the elements.

While these are all great options and each has their strong points, if concrete is poured properly, it should last as long as or longer than your structure.

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