When the time comes to address cracks, bulging, shifting or any other issues in your foundation, then you might be wondering which repair method is the best. Using steel beams is a standard for foundation repairs, but there are several reasons why carbon fiber is a better option.
What is Carbon Fiber?
Carbon fiber is a material that is made up of high-strength carbon filaments, and it is used with epoxy to seal, repair, and fortify areas where it is applied. It is very similar to fiberglass but much stronger. Your contractor will apply the carbon fiber at intervals along your foundation wall depending on how much reinforcement it will need. Then they add a steel bar angle along the top of the wall for added strength.
In addition to having the strength of steel, carbon fiber is much quicker to install and often the process will take no longer than a day. All that is needed is the epoxy, carbon fiber strips, and the steel bar to apply pressure. By that same token, carbon fiber will cost you up to half as much as steel and require no additional maintenance on your part.
Some of the other reasons to invest in carbon fiber include its aesthetic appeal. Carbon fiber repairs don’t leave behind unsightly seams. Usually, the most visual evidence of a carbon fiber repair is a slight bump under an inch thick that you can easily have painted over. Carbon fiber offers you all of the stability and benefits of repairing your foundation with steel, but with fewer headaches. You won’t have to worry about fluctuating temperatures affecting your foundation as much with steel repairs. These are several of the reasons why more homeowners are opting for carbon fiber repairs for their foundations.
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