EPS Structural Foam Foundation Blocks
Among the many different geofoam applications, using foam foundation blocks (expanded polystyrene) to create building foundations is one of the most practical. EPS geofoam can be used as a compensating foundation to reduce the load on underlying compressible soils and minimize building settlement along with potential bearing capacity problems. Existing soil is excavated to reduce the net applied load to the soil by the new structure. If the amount of soil excavated equals the full weight or stress applied by the new structure, the foundation is called “floating” or “fully compensating.”
Many construction managers and building architects will choose EPS foam block as their go-to fill material because of its ideal physical properties. Foam insulationextremely lightweight which makes it extremely manageable and helps cut costs on the labor and resources it takes to install. At the same time, the closed cell structure within the EPS geofoam makes it moisture resistant which allows it to be a strong, durable fill material that can withstand the test of time versus a concrete foundation. Flexibility is a major benefit geofoam EPS insulation brings to the table. Since all buildings have different angles and dimensions, custom geofoam blocks have an advantage over other fill material because they can be cut and shaped to specific measurements and densities.
Whether it’s a large commercial building or a small residential home, geofoam is the perfect option for building foundation construction due to its energy-efficient, time-saving advantages. It beats out traditional foundation materials because of its high compressive resistance factor.
Geofoam International is here to help you obtain the most reliable and cost-effective fill material. For more examples of the work and buildings EPS geofoam has been used in click here to view projects. We have custom-made EPS foam blocks for sale and provide construction services that cater to your next project. For more information on how you can incorporate geofoam blocks within your building foundation, connect with Geofoam International—we’re here to provide you with all your geofoam needs.