The Composition Of Rebar And Why It Should Matter To Your Construction Business


Rebar is a common product you use frequently in your line of work as a construction contractor. You may know enough about rebar with regards to what it is used for and why it is important to use it, but you probably did not know that there are several types of rebar and they are all constructed with slightly different materials. Here are the different compositions of rebar and why it should matter to your construction business.

Plain Old Rebar

Your company and employees probably use plain old rebar for every project you do. It does not need any flashy extras to hold buildings together, and it is the cheapest rebar option available. However, plain old rebar is made of tempered steel and when it is exposed to the elements it rusts and corrodes until it is finally weakened enough to bend underneath the strain of vertical concrete. This means you will either be called back to replace the rebar and repair the damages it caused the structure, or you will face a decrease in happy customers with a decline in business.

Corrosion-Resistant Low Carbon/Chromium Rebar

In this type and composition of rebar, carbon and chromium are removed from the steel as it is being processed. In so doing, the high corrosion properties of plain old rebar are reduced, making it an excellent choice for bridge and road construction. It can also be an effective building reinforcer if the building is made of a lot of steel and glass because then the rebar does not cause the rest of the steel in the building to corrode.

Epoxy-Coated Rebar

Rebar with an epoxy coating seals out any and all damage that can result from exposure to the elements and/or a chemical breakdown of the cement or concrete around it. It also helps secure the rebar inside the concrete or cement, making it much more difficult to pull free or knock down. It is the secure answer to buildings that have to support a lot of weight and/or reside in an earthquake zone.

Galvanized Rebar

Galvanized rebar has a zinc coating to protect plain old rebar and keep it from corroding for several years beyond its life expectancy. It is a higher quality product, and although it will cost you and your customers a little more money, it is somewhat of a building construction reassurance policy. Your architects can calculate ahead of time about how long the galvanized rebar will last.

Stainless Steel Rebar

Typically comprised of ten and a half percent chromium by mass, stainless steel anything is virtually guaranteed not to corrode, not ever. You and your crew would want to use stainless steel rebar in instances where corroding rebar would damage the facade of a building and make it look like it is bleeding rust. The stainless steel rebar would never leave any marks or traces of discoloration, leaving the structure intact and never in need of a professional rust cleaning or painting to hide the rust stains. Contact a concrete contractor, such as Hanover Concrete Company, to see what is recommended for your project.


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