Top 3 Advantages of Reinforced Concrete

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Reinforced concrete offers several advantages including a long life and low maintenance making it an appealing economical option for projects using ready-mix concrete.

reinforced concrete sampleThroughout central and eastern Arkansas, and the boot heel of Missouri, Razorback Concrete is a premier provider of ready-mix concrete products, sand, gravel, and other material mixes. As an industry leader, Razorback Concrete makes staying on top of innovative options in reinforced concrete, like fiber reinforcement, a priority. Although adding fibrous material to concrete is not a new concept, fibrous concrete reinforcements have evolved into something more complex than it once was.

Regular concrete has a tensile strength and ductility that is relatively low. Reinforcement is used to counteract these characteristics when needed. Reinforced concrete is designed to resist the stresses that would make concrete that hasn’t been properly reinforced crack, crumble, or fail altogether. Used often for large scale construction such as bridges and making precast structural components, reinforced concrete is a very versatile medium and can replace regular ready-mix in foundations, frames, slabs, beams, columns, and walls. While steel rebar or wood were the reinforcement materials traditionally used, innovators like Razorback Concrete are also using fiber reinforcement.

The degree to which reinforced concrete is beneficial depends on the different fiber types that are being utilized in construction. For instance, there is monofilament polypropylene, which is almost invisible on the concrete surface where it prevents and controls cracks. Also used is fibrillated polypropylene, which is better for preventing cracks, but is more visible on the surface. There are also steel fibers—not rebar—which are considered ideal for controlling cracks and resisting impacts. New fiber options are also emerging, like the newest synthetic polymer fibers which were engineered to offer the same benefits of steel without the chance of corrosion.

For almost all concrete that is reinforced, including fibrous reinforcements, there are distinct advantages, including:

The degree to which reinforced concrete is beneficial depends on the different fiber types that are being utilized.

1. As the term “reinforced” suggests, reinforced concrete provides extra strength. With greater comprehensive strength than regular concrete, it is able to hold more weight over more time.

2. Reinforced concrete tends to have a long service life with relatively low maintenance, and in turn, low maintenance cost. It is strong and durable, requiring little repair or replacement, making it often the most economical choice. There are several factors that will influence longevity, including the method of reinforcement, so it is important to ask your concrete provider what method they plan to use for your project.

3. Reinforced concrete can protect the steel supports often used in large scale structures. The supports in these projects are susceptible to the elements and corrosion over time, but the concrete provides a shield-like protection, allowing for greater longevity and structural soundness. It can even keep the structure safer in the event of fire.

The fibrous concrete reinforcements available in the ready-mix products offered at Razorback Concrete, can utilize a variety of fiber types. To understand which kind is the best for your project, you should discuss your options with a knowledgeable and experienced industry leader, like Razorback Concrete. As a local expert in reinforced concrete, we can guide your selection in terms of longevity, safety, and economy. Contact us today to discuss your construction project and to get a free estimate from a proven authority in ready-mix concrete products, Razorback Concrete.

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