Concrete Footing Construction and More

As commercial masonry contractors, we know that one of the most critical elements in a building’s construction is the footing. That’s why we’ve become experts at concrete footing as well as other types of footing and foundation work. It’s our job to make sure that your commercial building has the structural integrity it needs to stand firm and avoid settling.

Our team has over 20 years of experience in the masonry industry, which means that we have the expertise to handle a variety of footing construction methods - from isolated footing to combined footing, strip footing, and more. Our commitment to superior quality and precision has made us a trusted name in Lancaster, Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery counties.

Understanding Concrete Footing

Concrete footing forms the bedrock of commercial buildings, directly influencing their durability and performance. This footing serves a crucial role in evenly distributing the load of the building to the soil beneath, thus preventing any undue stress or damage to the structure.

While concrete is the most popular option for commercial foundations, our services also include brick and stone footing.

Footing vs. Foundation

It's common for people to confuse footing and foundation; these are two distinct components in a building's construction. Footings provide the necessary support for the foundation, while the foundation is responsible for transferring the weight of the structure to the ground.

As expert masonry contractors, we ensure that both your footing and foundation are built with utmost precision and attention to detail. Our team follows industry best practices and takes into account factors like soil type, building load, and environmental conditions to create a solid base for your building.

The Role of a Concrete Footing Calculator

A concrete footing calculator is an indispensable tool in the construction industry, particularly when it comes to designing footings for commercial buildings. This advanced computational tool is specifically designed to produce accurate estimates of the volume, weight, and cost of concrete needed for footings. Using details such as the shape and dimensions of the footing, the type of concrete to be used, and the soil conditions, our team can generate precise measurements and ensure that the footing we use for your project is both robust and cost-effective.

The use of a concrete footing calculator is just one of the ways in which we commit to delivering a high degree of accuracy and efficiency in our projects. At S J Masonry, our goal is to deliver the highest quality results at a competitive price. That includes eliminating any unnecessary expenditure on excess materials.

Types of Footing Construction

Our expert masons specialize in a wide range of footing and foundation techniques to meet your building's unique requirements. We have experience in the following:

Individual (Isolated, Spread, Pad) Footings

Individual footings, also called isolated, spread, or pad footings, are used to support a single column or isolated load. They spread the load over a larger area, reducing the pressure on the soil. Individual footings are typically used in smaller and lighter structures like residential buildings. The size and depth of the footing depend on the load as well as on soil conditions.

Combined Footings

Combined footings are used when two or more columns are close together and their individual footings would overlap. This type of footing is wider and can support multiple columns at once. Our team carefully calculates the size and placement of combined footings to ensure a strong and stable foundation.

Strap/Cantilever Footings

Strap footings, also known as cantilever footings, are used when the distance between two columns is so great that a combined footing becomes disproportionately large. In such cases, two individual footings are connected by a concrete beam, known as a strap beam. This beam helps to distribute the load evenly, ensuring the stability of the structure despite the distance between the columns.

Strip/Continuous Footings

Strip footings, also known as continuous footings, are used when the load from the structure is distributed along a line. This type of footing is common in buildings with masonry walls or heavy loads. The size and depth of strip footings depend on factors such as soil conditions, building height, and load distribution.

Raft/Mat Foundation

In some cases, a raft or mat foundation may be required for larger commercial buildings. This is essentially a continuous concrete slab resting on the soil and covering the entire footprint under the building. Since it distributes the load of the entire structure over a large area, this type of foundation reduces the pressure on the soil.

Trust S J Masonry for Your Footing and Foundation Needs

At S J Masonry, we take pride in our work and prioritize the safety and stability of your commercial building. Here's why you should choose us for your footing construction:

Let us handle the pressure of making sure that your building's footings will stand the test of time.


Expert Footings & Foundations for Lancaster, Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery Counties