The success and long-term stability of any construction project begins with the ground it’s built on. There are two types of site preparation that may be necessary for a build, and it’s important to understand the difference.

Excavating involves digging out. This can include digging down to accommodate a basement or swimming pool, structural footings critical to a structure, even something as simple as utility lines. Depending on the site, excavation of debris may also be necessary. Tree stumps or large boulders may need to be removed to clear the construction site. Heavy equipment, including excavators, bulldozers, and backhoes, make quick work of these jobs hauling debris to a central location for easy removal.

Grading is the final step before construction can begin. Smaller equipment like bobcats, blades, even tractors with rake attachments are used to level and smooth the site. This work is critical to ensure proper drainage of water away from the structure to prevent damage. It’s also important for the aesthetic of the project prepping the property for landscaping and safe and easy access. Knowing what type of work required for your site is important in understanding what to expect for your project.

Tags: excavation, grading