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Tella Firma Suspended Slabs Available to DFW New Home Market

Tella Firma Suspended Slabs Available to DFW New Home Market through Advanced Foundation Repair and Smart Slabs

Tella Firma suspended slabs now in DFW
July 8, 2011

Advanced Foundation Repair, LP (Advanced) signed an agreement under which they will lift all Tella Firma suspended slabs poured by Smart Slab.  Smart Slab, a residential foundation contractor, currently has the largest share of the Dallas-Fort Worth market for Tella Firma slabs.


Tella Firma Suspended Slabs

Tella Firma, an exciting new slab technology provides a more cost effective approach to building suspended slabs on expansive soil. It is poised to revolutionize new home construction and the foundation industry. By reducing construction costs, builders now have a foundation system that virtually eliminates foundation movement. The goal is to all but eliminate the need for future foundation repairs.

Tony Childress, P.E., S.E., and Mike Kelly, P.E., of Childress Engineering Services, Inc., developed Tella Firma for use by Smart Slabs for new home construction. Tella Firma’s engineered solution requires fewer materials than conventional suspended slabs. This reduces Smart Slabs’ costs. Using only a shallow beam around the perimeter eliminates. This in turn requires approximately 30% less concrete than a conventional suspended slab. The Tella Firma suspended slabs design also provides for approximately 10% to 20% less piers than conventional suspended slabs.  Slabs are poured on top of the ground over drilled piers.  After pulling post tension cables, Advanced Foundation Repair uses Tella Firma lifting mechanisms located over the piers, and embedded in slabs, to raise slabs above the ground to desired heights.

According to Fred Marshall, the owner of Advanced, “I expect the Tella Firma suspended slabs technology to substantially reduce the need for future foundation repairs.  Not only does the technology provide a cost effective way to build a suspended slab, but it also reduces the costs of lot development, the need for homeowner foundation maintenance (foundation watering), and warranty costs for home builders.”

Smart Slabs

Bill Donald, Manager of Smart Slabs, LLC said, “My experience with Tella Firma began four years ago as one of the first custom home builders to install the Tella Firma foundation system. I was so sold on the technology that I became a ‘certified installer’. My 15 years experience in the general contracting business gives me a bit broader view of how everything works together. I have installed Tella Firma in a number of locations. It proved to generate very sizeable savings over conventional methods. Because it is so technologically superior to other slab methods, I now specialize in Tella Firma suspended slab foundations.”


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Christopher Lorenzo
Christopher Lorenzo
19:36 06 Sep 17
I have had multiple good experiences with Advance Foundation Repair. They stand by their work and kept me informed at all times on the repairs. Post work service was good too. I am very satisfied with their workread more
Ruth Schuman
Ruth Schuman
19:56 05 Sep 17
Workers were very professional and hard working. They dug up around the house and put plants back to look nice. This company also has a trust to forever be able to redo warranted work.read more
Gwen Baumann
Gwen Baumann
02:30 11 Aug 17
I can't too highly recommend this company. I had work done of my foundation by another company several years ago. That work did not resolve the problem, and that company did not fix. Advanced was recommended to me by mother, who said they were the best in the business. I agree! They were polite, professional, charged reasonable prices, and did excellent work. They also have a strong guarantee that is backed by a trust. I can't imagine why you'd use any other company.read more
Linda Krizka
Linda Krizka
19:44 10 Jul 17
Advanced Foundation repair is the only way to go! The engineer, Eric was kind, helpful and informative! The crew under Haynard's watch was unbelievably considerate. The crew was in and out of our house for 5 days. Everyone of them were happy even in the 90 degree weather. They work hard and were very polite. If you saw my house now you would never even know they were here. They cleaned up every night and on the last day it looked like new! Very thankful to have been able to work with them.read more
Michael Francis
Michael Francis
00:48 29 Apr 17
Advanced recently performed our foundation repair and did a fantastic job! The job took four days and throughout the process, the workers were on time each day, were kind and courteous. They left our house clean each day and took great care in making my wife and newborn comfortable during the repair. They came back out to make adjustments, as was expected, and I am more than pleased with the results. Thanks to Juan Martinez, Miguel Mata and Ernesto Alvarato for doing everything I requested. I highly recommend Advanced Foundation Repair, they know what they are doing.read more
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