Reinforcement Bars

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Steel reinforcement bar, otherwise known as steel rebar, is an essential component when reinforcing concrete and prolonging the life of the structure. When looking to reinforce concrete slabs and other structures, steel reinforcement bars do just the job by adding crucial tensile strength and durability. Our steel rebar is suitable for cast concrete application, to ensure the structural rigidity of any construction project. 

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What Are Steel Rebars?

Reinforcement steel bars otherwise referred to as 'steel rebar', are high-tensile steel rods typically made from carbon steel. Within the construction industry, rebar is relied upon as a tension device to reinforce concrete and masonry structures, particularly concrete slabs. 

The reinforcement process of concrete slabs sees rebars applied across the length and width of the slab at regular intervals.

Despite its high compressive strength, concrete, with its brittle makeup, is as vulnerable to compressive stresses as many other materials. Utilising a reinforcing bar during the concrete pouring process enhances the lateral strength of the overall building project, providing structural rigidity. 

Reinforcing Bar Applications

Steel rebar is used in reinforced concrete and reinforced masonry structures. Let's outline a few of these concrete structures below: 

  • Beams
  • Slabs
  • Floors 
  • Bridges 

What Qualities Make Steel A Suitable Reinforcement Material? 

  • Flexibility – Concrete reinforcing steel bar is highly flexible and performs well under compressive stresses. Unlike the majority of steel products, reinforcing steel can be bent after being manufactured. This simplifies the construction and provides for rapid delivery of fabricated materials.
  • Durability – Thanks to its flexibility, reinforcing steel is able to bend and buckle with the compressive stresses that come with construction.
  • Sustainable – When its construction lifetime has been exhausted, reinforcing steel products can be retrieved and recycled for another lease of life. 
  • Compatibility With Concrete – Thanks to their similar thermal coefficients, concrete and reinforcing steel bar make a very compatible couple indeed. Married together, they are able to weather the typical rigours of construction. 

Steel Reinforcement Bars Safety Precautions

Rebar, also known as steel reinforcing bars, poses a frequent safety risk on construction sites. 

These lengths of steel can cause lacerations, abrasions, and puncture wounds that can result in severe internal injuries or fatalities for workers. 

To prevent the above risks, it is necessary to cover or protect all rebar and projections on a work site.

Always wear gloves and eye protection when handling and tying rebar. It is also advisable to wear additional protective gear like a hard hat, work boots and other necessary PPE. 

Frequently Asked Reinforcement Bars Questions

How Else Are Reinforcing Steel Bars Referred To?

  • Steel reinforcing 
  • Cut & bent 
  • Straight bar 
  • Rebar 
  • Steel rod 
  • Steel bar 

Can Steel Rebar Be Cut? 

Yes, steel rebar can be cut to the desired size with reciprocating saws with either a bi-metal or diamond grit blade. Due to rebar's tough composition, cutting should only be attempted with the appropriate cutting tools, equipment and PPE. 

Which Applications Require Reinforcement? 

To put it simply, any structural concrete application that demands a high degree of load-bearing should be reinforced. Let's outline a few examples below: 

  • Footings
  • Foundations 
  • Slabs 
  • Columns

Here at Materials Market, we stock an extensive range of reinforcing products from bars and mesh to reinforcement coils. Our metalwork range aims to extend the life of your concrete projects, so you can have confidence in your project, no matter the application. 

What Are Deformed Steel Bars? 

A deformed bar is an optimised version of regular steel bars with surface ridges or deformations that provide additional bonding and strength when embedded in concrete structures. 

The deformation pattern of the bar provides a larger surface area for the concrete to adhere to, increasing the strength and stability of the reinforced concrete.

Is Structural Steel The Same As Rebar?

Rebar, or reinforcing steel, is commonly utilized to augment structures because it has a higher tensile strength compared to concrete and masonry. It strengthens and holds the components together to create a stronger structure. 

It should be noted that reinforcing steel is not the same as structural steel, which is typically used for constructing steel framed buildings.

What Are Rebar Cages? 

Reinforcement of drilled shafts in construction usually involves using rebar cages during excavation. It is crucial to ensure the cage's design is flawless in order to maintain its strength and complete the project successfully. 

The typical composition of a rebar cage for a drilled shaft includes evenly spaced longitudinal bars along the perimeter of a cylinder.

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