Foundation Construction w/ Precast Materials - Masonry
Sometimes it is difficult or simply not economical to build a structure with the use of poured in-place concrete. Concrete block, rock, clay bricks, and large blocks of Cutstone are examples of alternative foundation materials. The term uses for this type of construction material is masonry.
The strength of the foundation is based on the shape of the individual units in addition to the material used to bond the units together. In ancient times it was important and vital to make sure that sounds fit with the stones next to them. The fit in shape of the stones was very important for the entire strength of the structure.
Today, a strong masonry mortar is used to bond the units together. Properly installed, a masonry structure is nearly as strong as one that is cast in place.
Other types of foundations include wood foundations, gravel, bedrock, and pile stone foundations. Gravel produces a strong and economical foundation for railroad ties.