Pro’s and Con’s of Carbon Fiber

The Pros of Carbon Fiber for Foundation Repair

Quick Installation – The installation process for carbon fiber is very simple:  the area of the wall where the strip will go is ground flat and a bed of high-strength epoxy is applied.  The carbon fiber strip is embedded into this under pressure and the steel angle is bolted to the top. Depending on the size of the wall, carbon fiber repairs can be done in a day.

Incredible Strength – Carbon fiber is a super strong material that is even being used in the construction of commercial aircraft.  It cannot break and the fibers do not stretch so when properly applied the wall repairs are permanent.

Low Visibility — When the carbon fiber strip has been applied to the wall, it shows up as only a small bump on the wall, a fraction of an inch thick.  It can be painted over, which makes it nearly disappear, and a normal stud wall can be constructed over it if the basement is to be finished.

No Maintenance – When the carbon fiber repair is finished, it requires no further attention from the homeowner – or anyone.

Low Cost – Carbon fiber repairs can be done for approximately half the cost of steel beams.

Carbon Fiber: Only One Drawback

Limits on Application – The only drawback to carbon fiber repair is that it can be used only on walls that have deflected, or moved inward, two inches or less.  When it comes to wall movement, two inches is quite a lot, so most homeowners will have noticed the problem before that point. Given all the advantages of carbon fiber repairs, there are good reasons for homeowners to pay close attention to any signs of foundation wall damage.

In cases of extreme wall movement, steel is used but the process has been updated to create repairs that require no maintenance and may be less obtrusive than in the past.

Although the carbon fiber process is not overly complex, it requires one of our services  professionals who understands the nature of the damage and can specify the proper number and location of carbon fiber strips, as well as installers who do the work properly.  At DiveTech Helical Foundation Systems, we employ a specially trained group of advisors and installers to make sure we do the job right the first time every time.  

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