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Basement Underpinning

  • Underpinning is stronger
  • Underpinning can include repairs to damaged foundations
  • Underpinning allows full usage of a available floor space
  • Underpinning is more attractive            
  • Bench-Footing is less time consuming
  • Bench-Footing is (usually) less expensive
  • Bench-Footing makes no changes to existing foundation walls

Bench-Footing can be substantially faster and less expensive than Underpinning, but when it is completed, you will have a concrete “Bench” extending the full length of your wall.  If the house was build on a hillside, the bench may have to be “stepped”, resulting in a less attractive living space. When you are considering the question of underpinning vs bench-footing, be sure that you can tolerate the appearance and space limitations which it imposes.

If you can live with the cost of underpinning, the long term affect on your living space will be more pleasing, and when you later choose to sell the property, a properly underpinned house should command a better market price.  Another important consideration is the condition of the existing foundation.  A home with cracked or damaged foundations / footers can be restored to like-new condition through well done underpinning.  Bench-footings do not change the existing foundations, so they don't solve such problems.