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Why People Choose A Mausoleum With A Granite Base Course
[Architecture And Construction Guidelines]
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I’m standing on what’s called the base course of a mausoleum. It supports me without a problem. But can it support this large mausoleum? Without a quality built base course, the answer is…not for long.
In this Chapter of The Definitive Buyers’ Guide to Private Family Mausoleums, I’m going to show you why people choose a mausoleum with a granite base course using architecture and construction guidelines.
The base course is a large slab of granite that rests on the concrete foundation, supporting the weight of the mausoleum and keeping it off the wet, unstable ground.
Here are some factors that go into a quality base course.
A high quality base course is made of a single slab of thick high grade granite for strength, durability, and to prevent moisture from entering the mausoleum.
Larger mausoleums can have multiple base courses to provide more stability and help prevent flood damage.
A high quality base course extends beyond the side walls to prevent contact with the wet ground
A poorly constructed mausoleum may have no base course at all, allowing the side walls to contact the ground and draw moisture up into the crypt.
Here are signs of a low quality base course.
A low quality base course has low grade granite or even porous concrete, resulting in rapid deterioration. The base course does not extend beyond the side walls, exposing the mausoleum to ground moisture. It can use thin granite slabs which can easily break apart. Multiple slabs of granite are used when just one solid slab could provide stronger support. For larger mausoleums, it may have only one base course when more are required. Instead of granite, concrete is used, which is weaker and porous. Sometimes a granite veneer is used to hide the use of concrete for the base course. It can have a fake base course added to the front, which creates unwanted joints at ground level. Make sure your mausoleum base course is made with high quality materials and construction techniques.
If you want to know more about quality base courses for mausoleums, just call a mausoleum professional at Rome Monument, and they’ll be happy to answer any question you have.
Next in The Essential Buyers’ Guide to Private Family Mausoleums, we’ll look at the importance of having high quality side walls for your mausoleum.