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Superior Walls has been installing foundations since 1981.  Preparing a site for Superior Walls is a little more challenging than any other foundation system.  With Superior Walls you have to prepare the site not only for the Superior Wall System, but also for the crane and tractor-trailer.  While that may seem like extra work, the time you save using a crushed stone footer opposed to a concrete footer is substantial.  With stone you don’t have to worry about concrete, rebar, or extra work preparing for elevation changes. 

The following tips are both useful and recommended for the ease and timeliness of your Superior Walls installation.  Always refer to the Builder Guideline Booklet when preparing your site for the arrival of Superior Walls.  A DVD supplement to the Builder Guideline Booklet is also available for additional site and footer preparation explanation.


Spring: End of March – Mid June

 
-Stone in Driveway for Mud

-Extra Stone for footer on Site as Precaution

-Crane and Truck Pads Ready

-Adequate Machine on site to pull trucks in (IE: D6 on tracks, if access is questionable)

-Be Prepared for Winter Conditions (See winter Prep)

 
Summer: Mid June – End September

 
-Stone in Driveway for Mud

-Extra Stone for footer on Site as Precaution

-Crane and Truck Pads Ready

-Adequate Machine on site to pull trucks in (IE: D6 on tracks, if access is questionable)

Fall: End September – End December


-Stone in Driveway for Mud

-Extra Stone for footer on Site as Precaution

-Crane and Truck Pads Ready

-Adequate Machine on site to pull trucks in (IE: D6 on tracks, if access is questionable)

-Be Prepared for Winter Conditions (See winter Prep)

 
Winter: End December – End of March


-Do not excavate the site too far in advance of the scheduled set date. Do not place footing on frozen soil.

-After the site has been excavated, insulate the area where walls are to be set and protect this area with a waterproof covering.

-Mixing calcium chloride into the stone footing and then covering it will help prevent frost infiltration. (Do not forget to treat the “extra” stone pile – you may need it to fill-in low spaces in footing.)

-Note that 6 inches of straw has approximately the same “R” value as 3 ½” of fiberglass insulation (see chart below).

Insulating Values of Common Building Insulation Materials  “R” Values

1” of Straw  -  R - 2.0

½” of Plywood  -  R - 0.6

1” of Fiberglass Batting  -  R - 3.3

1” of Extruded Polystyrene  -  R - 5.0

Insulated Blankets or Tarps  -  R - Per Blanket Manufacturer

-Stone in Driveway for Mud (if thawed/thawing)

-Extra Stone for footer on Site as Precaution

-Crane and Truck Pads Ready-Adequate Machine on site to pull trucks in (IE: D6 on tracks, if access is questionable)