Builders and home buyers across the country are choosing the Permanent Wood Foundation, and for many good reasons. just a few of the features that are making PWFs increasingly popular include:
Design Flexibility
Permanent Wood Foundations can be used in a variety of building types and sizes, including both single and multi-story houses, condominiums and apartments, and for both site-built and manufactured houses. PWFs are suitable for crawl space, split-entry or full-basement designs. Remodeling contractors have also found the PWF ideal for room additions, especially where site access is limited.
Faster construction
The PWF is easily installed by a carpentry crew, often in one day, or even in just a few hours. As soon as the foundation is framed and sheathed, construction of floors and interior walls can proceed. Shorter construction time can mean savings in labor and interim construction financing.
Simplified Scheduling
The builder's or subcontractor's carpentry crews install the PWF reducing the need for scheduling other trades. The PWF can be installed in nearly any kind of weather, even below freezing.
Comfortable Living Areas
Let's consider comfort. PWF basements have all the livability of above-ground rooms. Wood construction lends a feeling of warmth - not the musty, damp feeling usually associated with masonry basements. And, PWFs incorporate superior drainage features that prevent the moisture problems typical of ordinary foundations. The result: warm, dry below-grade living spaces.
Energy Efficiency
The National Energy Policy Act mandates that the basement of a new home must be properly insulated. The economical answer to meeting state energy code requirements begins with a Permanent Wood Foundation.
Ease of Finishing
Since nailable studs are already in place, plumbing, wiring and interior wall installation are simplified. Because it's so easy, many PWF home buyers elect to do the finishing themselves according to their own tastes, and often at less cost.
More Living Space
A PWF can also mean added living space - wood foundation walls need not be as thick as comparable concrete or masonry walls. Less space needed for insulation, too, because it fits into the cavities of the wood-framed wall - extra furring strips or wall studs are unnecessary.