Taking on a new building or construction project is always a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. As with all things building-related, the right partners are key to delivering a project that is high quality, on time, on budget and completed safely.

When you’re planning on throwing a slab for a construction project before that slab is even thrown you need land cleared and spaces prepared effectively. Smoot Contracting Group specializes in providing everything you need for your upcoming project.

But let’s take a minute to understand a few important considerations that you need to know about when you have an upcoming landscaping and clearance project, in preparation for having a slab thrown.

Subgrades and Subbases 

First, let’s get to terms with the glossary.

Subgrade: the native soil (also known as improved solid) that is usually compacted.

Subbase: the layer of gravel that is found on top of the subgrade.

Base: the layer of material on top of the subbase and directly under the slab.

These are all very important factors that your contracting company will take under advisement when working out your cost and time estimates as well as the operations required for delivering on the project at hand.

Different locations will present unique soil and thus unique challenges. The only layer that is absolutely required is the subgrade. After all, you must have ground to place a slab on. 

When natural soil is relatively clean and compactable, a slab can be put on top of it without any additional layers. 

Land Clearing Costs

As a critical element of a construction project that demands the highest standards in safety and quality, the company taking on your land clearing and preparation has to be able to justify in skill and expertise what they’re charging you for the project in its entirety.

Commercial projects are as a rule going to cost more than private property projects, but even considering scope and size, it’s still important to know that you can keep an eye on your deliverables, versus cost.

What Does Land Clearing Entail?

This could constitute a few different processes. This is largely dependent on the space to be cleared, so finding the perfect land is probably going to be the first step in every construction project. Then, what comes after finding that perfect place is clearing that land so that it works for the construction project.

Clearing land usually involves clearing debris, trees or bushes, and very importantly – rocks. Once timber removal and first contracting have taken place, your land is then leveled and properly stabilized.

Every piece of land is unique and may require a combination of services or just a couple, so we recommend taking the advice of professionals and then following that advice to best understand how much land preparation is actually required.

When all is said and done the ultimate destiny of your project is tied inextricably to the level of professionals you have doing the work for you. Contact professionals such as Smoot Contracting Group to ensure your project is completed expertly.