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Grade Beam vs. Footing
These two terms are very close in meaning and can almost be used synonymously. Both terms refer to reenforced concrete used as a foundational support for a structure. A grade beam is found closer to the surface and is typically not located below the frost line. It can be part of a monolithic pour which means it is poured within the same forms, and at the same time, as the floor. A footing can be any type of reenforced beam or pad used for structural support. One way to look at it is, a grade beam is a footing, but a footing is not necessarily a grade beam.
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