A Look into Concrete Reinforcement and How to Get It Right

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The use of concrete as a construction material is preferred due to its excellent characteristics. It possesses strong mechanical and resistance properties in comparison to alternative construction materials. Additionally, it is accompanied by little or no maintenance costs for a long time.

Hooking the rebar

Good concrete reinforcing mesh should have ridges along its length to increase its grip on concrete. Otherwise, it may slip in the absence of insufficient tension forces. To avoid that, the ends of the reinforcing mesh should be bent so that they form hooks whose ends point inwards of the structure. The grips ensure that the concrete slabs cannot pull away from each other. Where the mesh consists of various pieces, their ends should also be hooked together to form one continuous mesh.

Using the right gauge

The rebar to be used depends on the kind of concrete reinforcement to be achieved. They exist in various gauges that are measured in terms of eighths of an inch. The calibration is then given in terms of how many eighths that a certain rebar contains. Large gauges provide the best reinforcement but may result in a huge challenge when trying to bend them.

Curing concrete

Concrete curation is a water treatment method aimed at controlling the rate of loss of water in a recently laid concrete slab. Sometimes, due to high temperatures, a slab may lose excess water preventing the growth of crystals. The result is a weakened concrete structure. To avoid that, a concrete slab ought to be curated to maintain the desired water content. The curation period may last up to a week depending on the temperature and humidity of an area.

The use of concrete provides the most economical way of achieving a high-resistance structure. Its properties become even more pronounced when the concrete is supported by reinforcement mesh.