StablWall vs. Wall Anchors
First, what is a wall anchor, and what does it do?
A wall anchor is a plate, usually 2’ by 2’, that is bolted to your basement wall by means of a rod and held in place by a bolt. A hole
is drilled through the wall, and a trench is dug into the yard. The rod goes through the wall and the trench, and is connected to another plate that is
situated in the ground up to about 10 feet away from the wall.
The theory here is that since the dirt won’t move, the plate in the yard will stop the plate in the basement from moving. Also, the bolt can
be tightened a tiny bit each couple months or so, theoretically putting more outwards pressure on the wall, so that the wall can start to move back towards
a straighter position.
How is StablWall different?
StablWall is bonded to a wall, and becomes part of that wall. As a result, the wall becomes much stronger than it was before. It is often used to strengthen
cracked walls that haven’t started to bow, because the carbon fiber adds additional strength to the wall itself. It can also be used on walls that
have bows up to 2”.
So what are the differences, besides the fact that anchors hold the wall, while carbon fiber strengthens the wall?
StablWall requires no maintenance. Anchors require maintenance on the part of the homeowner. The homeowner has the responsibility of turning a large screw
on a regular basis, often every month.
StablWall is non-invasive & applied to the interior of your basement or foundation. Absolutely no excavation is required at all. Wall anchors require excavation
to your exterior, and possibly your neighbor’s. If there’s a driveway outside that wall, wall anchors can’t be used without tearing
up the driveway.
StablWall is almost invisible once it has been painted over. Compare that with a plate and a bolt that must always be accessible so that it can be adjusted.
If you ever want to sell your home, it will be difficult to explain the plate and bolt of the wall anchor to a prospective buyer. It looks like
a repair. It looks like it’s holding up a damaged wall.