In-ground concrete columns require footings (bases) to increase load bearing capacity, to promote lateral stability, resist washout, and, in colder areas, to eliminate the destructive effects of the frost cycle (frost heave). Columns installed without footings are generally a concession to a quick job and have no basis in sound building practices. Both U.S. and Canadian national codes call for footings on all in-ground concrete columns.
Recycled plastic Redibase Footing Forms are the cost-effective solution to a long lasting, trouble-free exterior structure. In-ground columns equipped with Redibase will not sink, tilt, or frost heave and provide a strong, stable building platform for a multitude of uses including decks, porches, verandas, gazebos, add-ons, outbuildings, etc.