Many people wonder what kind of base a building needs and how deep or big it should be. These questions keep coming up in people’s minds.
Let’s put these questions to rest and break it down with a simple example: think about a small SUV car. It weighs about 1.4 tons. This car stands on four tires, and each tire touches the ground on a small area called a “contact patch.” On average, this patch is about 0.016 square meters for each tire.
Now, let’s do some math. We divide the car’s weight, 1.4 tons, by the number of tires, which is four. That tells us each tire carries around 350 kilograms. Here’s the interesting part: in the world of Structural Engineering (the folks who figure out how buildings should be built), they look at how much weight is on a square meter of ground. When we do the math to convert the 0.016 SQMT weight to 1 SQMT, we find that each tire puts a whopping 21.8 tons of weight on each square meter of ground.
So, a small SUV puts pressure on the ground like it’s 21.8 tons for every square meter, and that’s just for one tire.
But here’s the important thing to remember: when you see cars driving around, they don’t sink into the ground as if it’s quicksand, right? Well, guess what? A house, which is much bigger and heavier, will never be as heavy as 5 tons for every square meter.
So, stop worrying about the type of base you need for your house. Instead, hire a real Structural Engineer. They’re experts at figuring out what kind of base your building needs to stay safe and strong. It’s as simple as that!