There are many reasons for using carbon fiber for foundation repair. The first is because it is a stronger material than steel. It is also more lightweight. This means that the material does not hold up as well to the load necessary to support a building. If there is any kind of settlement at all from being under a heavy load for an extended period of time, the carbon fiber simply cracks and breaks. Other than that, though, this is a great material to use for repair.
There are, of course, some drawbacks to carbon fiber foundation repair as well. For one thing, you cannot use it on virtually any interior walls, because of the bowing that occurs when it is applied to metal surfaces. This limits the kinds of repairs that can be made to these walls.
Another limitation of using carbon fiber foundation repair for your structural repairs is that you must get skilled workers to do the work, which can be expensive. If your structure has any structural damage that is due to external pressure from external elements, such as water pressure from above or even soil movement in and around your foundation walls, the structural crack repair that you may need might not be possible. In these cases, you will simply need to get assistance from other professionals. Your contractor might be able to do the repair, but there is a higher risk that you will damage more walls than you can repair.
If the walls are bowing and there is no other way to repair them without adding additional reinforcing hardware, the only option is to use carbon fiber wall repair. This type of wall repair consists of removing the existing wallboard padding, screeding and buttering the wall, filling in large cracks with high-strength epoxy resins, and then applying a coating of fiberboard veneer over the repaired area. The epoxy coating will provide structural reinforcement to the wall and will be resistant to further moisture damage.
Before you call a professional to help you with your carbon fiber foundation repair system, you will want to find out what the underlying cause of the problems is. In many cases, the problems can be corrected by simply fixing the deficiencies in the design of the house itself, rather than trying to address external problems that might develop in the future. By addressing the issues that are causing the foundation problem, you can ensure that your repair system will be the most effective one available.
There are a number of different types of carbon fiber foundation repair systems that are currently available on the market. One option is to simply replace damaged wood strips with new ones. Carbon fiber strips are available in a wide variety of different thicknesses, colors, and hardness levels, so they are a flexible option for repairs. You may also be able to purchase carbon fiber walls in a variety of colors and textures, as well as high and low-density. However, if your structure has large cracks and large gaps between the walls, you may not be able to use these flexible carbon strips, since larger gaps and cracks will require more precise repairs.
Carbon fiber strips are usually used as an alternative to laminates in basement wall construction, and there are several reasons for this. Although laminates are much more costly than carbon fiber strips, they are a far more effective solution, since they have a higher density and the barrier between the floors and the interior of the home is much lower. Laminates are available in both rolled and unrolled versions, and you may even be able to buy prefabricated laminates that allow you to simply snap them together. Although prefabricated carbon fiber strips are cheaper than purchasing individual strips, it is not advisable to save money if you end up having to spend significantly more on costly repairs later on.
Although purchasing these products for basement wall construction can be a worthwhile investment, it is not an inexpensive method of repairing a foundation wall. Therefore, you should only consider this option if the home has not been damaged and the damage has stabilized. If the damage has been extensive, especially around a large crack, then it is advisable to contact a professional to complete basement wall repair using carbon fiber foundation repair materials. However, it is not impossible to perform the repair on your own with the help of carbon-cotton tapes and a small electrical drill.