Reinforced concrete has many desirable mechanical properties making it widely used in residential, commercial and the industrial/civil construction industry. Reinforced concrete is created by pouring wet concrete over strong, steel reinforcing bars to strengthen the material and magnify its ability to carry loads. The new composite material that is formed after the concrete sets around the bars is called reinforced concrete. Essentially, reinforced concrete is using one composite material inside another i.e. steel bars within the concrete mixture.
The steel bars used are normally made from twisted lengths of steel that enables the concrete mixture to set firmly around the bars without any slipping. Steel is the most commonly used material for the reinforcement as it expands and contracts at a similar rate to that of concrete – in essence, preventing cracking in hot or cold temperatures.
Reinforced concrete is one of the most commonly used construction materials, so getting this aspect of your project right is critical. McGinn Concrete has years of experience when it comes to reinforced concrete projects – Give us a call to discuss your next project.