How Far Apart Are Foundation Piers?
The foundation is the most critical part of a building because it literally supports the weight of the entire load. That said, there are two main types of foundations commonly used in the construction of buildings and other structures: “slab-on-grade” foundations and “post and pier” foundations. While the former consists of a single slab of concrete that is poured into the ground, the latter consists of concrete piers set deep into the ground. These concrete foundation piers are generally installed about 8 to 10 feet apart, however, they can be closer together or further apart based on factors such as:
- Whether the structure has a wooden frame or is made of brick
- How many stories tall the structure is
- How tall the foundation itself is
While 8 to 10 feet apart is a sufficient distance for foundation piers to support most structures that would sit atop a post and pier foundation, if the building is particularly tall or made of heavier materials such as brick or metal, it’s not uncommon to place the foundation piers even closer together. If the foundation piers are not placed close enough together to adequately support the weight of the structure, this will create weak areas where the foundation itself will begin to sag and can lead to major structural issues.
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