The Importance of Proper Ventilation for Pier & Beam Homes

Doesn’t a home look great when it’s bricked in around the perimeter? I personally think it looks a lot better than looking at the piers a home sits on. Covering around your home is great for keeping critters out but it can cause serious damage to your foundation in the long run. Closing in completely pier and beam foundations with brick and siding, is this good or bad? Bad! Pier and beam homes need ventilation, but why is this so important?

Having proper ventilation is a must for all pier and beam homes in South Louisiana. We have seen, with many homes, the foundation is completely covered with brick or siding. Everyone knows how humid it can get with Louisiana weather; so by not having proper ventilation it will cause the beams, subfloor and joists to rot. Replacing these things can become very expensive because it is very tedious work. We are informing everyone of this problem because we have been seeing this on a weekly basis on appointments.

W.C.K. ventilation recommendations:
  • One vent should be installed for each 8 to 10 feet of foundation wall. These vents allow outside air to circulate under the floor in summer to prevent the moisture buildup that encourages mildew and rot. In winter, when the air is drier, the vents can be closed to reduce the chance that the pipes in the crawl space might freeze.
  • Expanded metal vent covers are also a great option for keeping moisture to a minimum while keeping critters out.
  • Vent fans can help the air flow underneath and keep your soil dry. Constant soaking of the soil can cause it to swell and move the foundation. This also leads to drainage issues. If you’d like to read more about our drainage recommendations please click here

So before building a brand new pier and beam house please discuss with your contractor the importance of installing proper ventilation to the home. Or if you have a pier and beam home without proper ventilation please call WCK today for a free quote before it becomes too late!

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