Site clearing and excavation methods for raised wood floor systems are no different than for any other conventional foundation system.

Compacted backfill should be free of organic materials, including tree stumps or other vegetation, voids, chunks of clay, and should be no more permeable than the surrounding soil.

Raised Floors Can Save Trees

Root-severing slab construction often demands the removal of existing trees in close proximity to the structure. Near a raised floor, however, valuable, beautiful, and energy-saving shade trees can be preserved. Only the footings of a raised pier-and-beam structure penetrate the root system, allowing trees to thrive.

Open pier spacing can be adjusted to avoid major tree roots. Tree roots thrive between piers. While tree roots are severed by slab and site work.