Carbon fiber is a truly revolutionary material. It completely changed the rules of the game when it was introduced as a foundation repair method. It is an incredibly strong material and yet very light. There is no construction material that can boast of these two features. It is no wonder carbon fiber is quickly replacing metals such as aluminum and steel in various applications.
The benefits of using carbon fiber for foundation repair
Carbon fiber has become the material of choice when it comes to the repair of foundation cracks. This is because carbon fiber offers unparalleled strength. It can, therefore, support bowing walls and prevent further bowing and cracking. It offers a long term solution for the stabilization of basement walls.
Carbon fiber is light and easy to install. The installation process can take a few minutes to a few hours depending on the extent of the damage to be repaired. It is not as labor-intensive as many other more bulky solutions such as steel reinforcements.
Carbon fiber also allows the homeowner to finish the walls as they please. They can paint over it or install drywall. The possibilities are endless.
Choosing a carbon fiber repair solution
Not all carbon fiber solutions are made the same. If you choose the wrong solution, you will have to deal with failure. The following are some tips to help you make the right solution.
- Consider the cause of the foundation cracks
There are two main types of carbon fiber repair solutions available: strips and staples. Strips are applied vertically. They are designed to provide support to the wall and prevent movement. Staples are used to repair foundation cracks. They, however, offer a limited surface area. They don’t prevent movement of the wall.
Understanding what caused the cracks in the first place will help you choose the right solution. For example, straps are a great solution for walls that have crack caused by movement.
- Check reviews
Read reviews about the specific system that you’re planning to have installed. This will help you determine how effective that particular branded system will be.
- Choose a reputable contractor
Choose a contractor that is skilled and experienced in installing the particular system that you are interested in. Different contractors are proficient with different systems. Read reviews and search for ratings on the contractor to be sure that you’ll get good value for your money.