1. Classic Style
Homebuyers are rediscovering the classic elegance that a raised floor design adds to the look of the American home. Drive through the older neighborhoods of your community – the homes with ageless grace and beauty are typically raised. Visually, the raised foundation functions as a pedestal, enhancing curb appeal, regardless of architectural style.
2. Uplifting Comfort
Inside the raised floor home, there are special qualities that nurture the body and soul – the feeling is warmer, more intimate. Raise the floor above the ground and your perspective changes. You feel more secure. An ordinary view from the window becomes a vista. The subtle “give” of a wood floor system provides a more comfortable walking surface, putting less stress on your back, legs, and feet.
3. Extended Living Space
Enjoy your porch and deck. Porches and decks are natural amenities for a raised floor system, adding usable outdoor living area to a home. Consider the charm and hospitality of a front porch, the pest-free privacy and comfort of a screened back porch, or a spacious deck for outdoor cooking, entertainment and relaxation.
4. Lifetime Foundation
Southern Pine is among the strongest of all North American softwoods, so you can expect a lifetime of strength, stability and durability when building with Southern Pine products. And today, modern pressure treatment adds long-lasting resistance to decay and termite attack.
5. Simple Foundation
Any foundation can settle, but the use of piers with a raised wood floor system makes leveling or repairs simple. Repairing or leveling a cracked, damaged concrete slab can be very expensive. With the raised floor system, leveling is as easy as jacking up the floor and adding shims. The raised floor is also less susceptible to disruption from tree roots.
6. Easy Home Improvement
Installation, maintenance, and modification of utilities such as water, sewer, and electrical lines are simplified with a raised floor. Remodeling? Plumbing fixture modifications are easy. Rerouting of wiring for telephone, television, and computers is relatively easy and less expensive.
7. Natural Insulator
Why live on the cold, damp ground? Wood is a natural insulator. A properly constructed and insulated raised wood floor system isolates the home from potential moisture problems and provides a warm, comfortable walking surface.
8. Reduced Flood Risk
Flooding is a potential risk for many homeowners. A raised wood floor system could be the solution to raising your home’s foundation at or above base flood elevation. Considering other options, the raised floor may be the most practical and cost-effective way to protect your property and meet building ordinances in flood-prone areas.
9. Pest Control
Most pests are ground dwellers. With a raised floor system, your home is up off the ground away from pests. For optimum protection against termites, pressure-treated and kiln-dried after treatment (KDAT) Southern Pine lumber is available.
10. Flexible Landscaping
Landscaping looks best around the foundation of the home; it helps “ground” the structure to the site. Root-severing slab construction often demands the removal of existing trees in close proximity to the structure. Near a raised floor foundation, beautiful and energy-saving shade trees can be preserved.