Carbon Fiber Repairs in Denver
Concrete foundation walls can expand or shrink over time, which can cause cracks in the foundation walls. This can also cause bowing or tilting. If you have a bowing wall, carbon fiber can be a highly effective, inexpensive solution to remedy it. It is strong, durable, minimally invasive, and requires little to no maintenance. These carbon fibers are designed to work on both poured concrete and block walls.
Carbon fiber wall supports work like wall anchor systems, only without the digging. The strips are glued to your basement walls with an epoxy resin, which absorbs any pressure from the walls. They are smooth, take up almost no space and are usually installed inside the basement wall. This makes them easy to cover if you’re going to paint your walls. In fact, a coat of paint on a carbon fiber strip will make it almost invisible.
Aside from bowing walls, carbon fiber wall supports can also be used in crawlspaces, since they work pretty well in tight spaces. It is a proven, effective, and affordable option that provides long-lasting support.
When to Call Foundation Repair Contractors
You need to call foundation repair contractors such as Van Matre Construction, LLC when there is foundation damage to your home, regardless of how small or immense the issue has become. Bowing, cracking, or tilting walls are nothing to scoff at – if these issues become bigger, it may require more extreme repair work, like a foundation replacement.
Inadequate drainage can also be a reason to call foundation repair contractors. Often, inefficient drainage causes foundation damage, since water can wreak a lot of havoc on your home’s foundation. It can cause not only water damage but also cracks in the walls, sticking doors and windows, and more. Van Matre Construction, LLC can help you with this issue with our efficient and expert drainage correction services.
Types of Carbon Fiber Repairs
There are two types of carbon fiber repairs, namely:
Pre-laminated Strips – The most common type of carbon fiber repair, pre-laminated strips can be easily placed on the wall. The carbon fiber is already on a laminated strip, which makes installation quick and easy. The only disadvantage of pre-laminated strips is that they are laminated flat; sticking it to a bowed wall can cause the strip to pop off.
Fabric – With this application, the strips are usually wider. This gives them a greater surface area that can bond to the wall. The fabric can effortlessly go over curved walls and small imperfections in the wall. This option may be a little more difficult to install, however.
The Pros Of Carbon Fiber Foundation Repair
There are many pros to using carbon fiber for foundation repair. For starters, the installation process for carbon fiber is extremely quick. Depending on the size of the wall being repaired, it’s possible to perform the entire repair in a day.
Carbon fiber foundation repair is also low cost compared to other foundation repair alternatives. Repairs using carbon fiber can be performed at approximately half the cost of installing traditional steel beams.
Repairing with carbon fiber doesn’t create any kind of eyesore. The carbon fiber will show up on the wall as a small bump only a fraction of an inch thick. You can easily construct a stud wall or paint over it to hide the repair.
Carbon fiber is also incredibly strong and long-lasting. The same material used to repair foundations is also used to build commercial aircrafts. Carbon fiber can’t break and the fibers don’t stretch (when properly installed with care by a professional). Furthermore, carbon fiber’s strength also means it’s a low maintenance repair. Once the repair is completed, no further action or attention will be required by the homeowner.
The One Limitation To Carbon Fiber Foundation Repair
While carbon fiber has many benefits, there is only one drawback to repairing with the material. Carbon fiber can’t be used on walls that have bowed or deflected more than two inches. For most homes, two inches is a large amount of movement and the bowing of walls is caught by the homeowner before the wall deflects more than two inches.
In cases where there has been extreme wall movement (over two inches), a different method of foundation repair will have to be pursued.
Why Choose Van Matre Construction, LLC
Since 2001, Van Matre Construction, LLC has been providing homeowners with top-notch foundation repair, micropiling, vertical and lateral movement, drainage and grading, helical piering, and residential construction services. We are committed to delivering the best work that we can. Contact us today by calling (303) 668-2222 or filling out a contact form to receive a free quote.
Additional Foundation Repair Solutions
Carbon fiber repair is only one of our many foundation repair solutions. In addition to carbon fiber repair, Van Matre Construction, LLC is also able to assist homeowners with:
All of our repair solutions are custom-tailored to meet your home’s needs. Every foundation and foundation issue is unique. We’ll help you assess the damage to your foundation and figure out what the best solution is for repair.