Previously, contractors used steel L-beams to repair damaged foundations. While some contractors still use this technique, carbon fiber has become a more popular material for fixing foundation cracks today. Let’s cover the benefits of using carbon fiber for foundation crack repairs.
One of the best parts about carbon fiber is that it’s a low-cost option for foundation repair. Typically, installing carbon fiber is less than half the cost of steel beam installation.
Easy, Quick Installation
Carbon fiber installation is shockingly fast—professionals can complete repairs in about one day’s time. Professionals simply place carbon fiber fabric over cracks, add epoxy adhesive, and wait for their work to dry. Another perk of installation is that it isn’t intrusive, since contractors don’t need to dig or drill with heavy equipment to install carbon fiber. The professionals won’t even have to access duct work or plumbing—all they have to do is firmly press the strips onto the walls.
An additional benefit of carbon fiber is that you won’t have to give it additional attention once the professionals install it. Homeowners don’t need to inspect or touch the carbon fiber strips, so you won’t have to spend more money or time on maintenance.
Carbon fiber fabric is composed of thousands of strong strands, and although it’s a lightweight material, it’s exceptionally tough. It doesn’t bend, break, or stretch, and it won’t deteriorate in high temperatures. In fact, according to Intech Anchoring Systems, “carbon fiber has incredibly high tensile strength—up to 10 times stronger than steel.” Thanks to its strength, carbon fiber is also a trusted material for bulletproof vests, commercial aircrafts, race cars, and other important pieces of equipment. Carbon fiber’s durability truly makes it the perfect defense against hydrostatic pressure.
First, carbon fiber strips are small—they’re less than an inch thick. You may see small bumps, but once you paint over the carbon fiber, you won’t even be able to tell that the wall supports are there. You also won’t see any marks or seams. If you have an unfinished basement, you can choose to build a stud wall to cover up the repairs.
Why put off basement restoration when there’s an effective, long-term solution? Our basement crack repair experts can effortlessly install Rhino Carbon Fiber® Wall Supports in your home. Because The Real Seal uses the strongest system on the market, we’ll have you feeling confident in your foundation walls and their ability to keep your living space dry. Call us for carbon fiber foundation repair today