What is rough grading?

Choosing to start building from scratch is a brave one but a rewarding one as well. All decisions concerning the design of your home will be yours starting from materials quality up to the latest building code standards, ending up with a new home warranty.

However, one of the downsides is that you won’t be able to mark your move-in date right after you sign all the paperwork. Building a new home brings new players on the table such as the city’s approval of the job site and there can be some seasonal constraints as well.

While being surely excited about finally seeing final product which you will call home, patience would be your key strength, while having a little understanding of the construction process, and the assistance of a Red Deer bobcat services company will definitely come in handy.

What is rough grading?

Rough grading can be simply described as the “shaping” of the home construction site. The contractors job here would be to level the ground or create a particular slope in which a solid base shall be poured serving as the place where new home shall be erected.

We consider this as the initial step when it comes to the actual construction of your house because meeting city guidelines and directing surface water away from the home demand the lot to be finalized. The goal of grading is to keep good drainage and avert foundation damage down the road. It is one of the most important stages of the construction process and the property’s grade must be also officially approved and endorsed by the city’s authorities.

The difference between rough and final grading

The rough grade is usually left about 7-20 cm below the final grade aimed at providing good placement of topsoil. Once rough grading is finished, a Lot Grading Certificate should be prepared and submitted to corresponding city authorities for approval. When it comes to the final grade, topsoil is spread out and compacted for liners, sod, and other landscaping features.

How long does rough grading take?

Weather is one of the most important factors when it comes to rough grading. New grading cannot begin prior to completing the overall concrete work and having it fully cured. It’s also vital that the ground is dry and robust enough for proper grading. In case it rains, it will need about three days before grading can begin or continue so the ground can dry. In any case, every property is a story for itself and has unique characteristics. While some properties get the rough grading process done fairly quickly, others may have some challenges and take a few visits.

Issues that can cause delays during rough grading include:

  • adjacent construction
  • breakdown of construction equipment
  • grading touch-ups
  • homeowner construction of fencing, decks, garages, and sheds
  • weather delays

Finally, grading is a very important process and it cannot, nor it should be rushed. A good quality grade is the single greatest method for preventing excess water from inflicting damage to the integrity of your foundation in the future.