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Reinforcing mesh provides a reinforcement structure for cast concrete application, improving the lateral strength, stability, and durability of concrete slabs, walls and numerous other constructions. Fully CE-certified, reinforcing mesh is a must when creating solid and reliable concrete structures. The mesh essentially allows for a degree of flexibility which serves to strengthen the structure; without this flexibility, a concrete structure is more prone to cracking under compressive stresses. 

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Reinforcement Mesh


Reinforcement steel mesh, also known as welded wire fabric or rebar mesh, is a construction material that is used to reinforce concrete structures. 


This lattice of rebar is added to the concrete mix before the concrete is poured, and is embedded within the concrete. This gives the concrete additional strength and helps to distribute the loads placed on the concrete structure more evenly. It also helps to prevent cracking and warping in the concrete.

Find the product your project requires with our vast metalwork range. Here at Materials Market, we stock a host of reinforcement products including reinforcing bars, coils and mesh, suitable for cast concrete application in industrial, agricultural and transportation sectors.

How Does Reinforcing Mesh Work? 


Because of its solid form, many believe concrete to be a strong, stand-alone material. While this isn't necessarily untrue, it is important to note that it won't stand the test of time without the incorporation of reinforcement materials. 


How reinforcing mesh works is it is embedded within freshly poured concrete when it is still wet, in liquid form. As the concrete sets and hardens it firmly grips the reinforcing bars, thus enabling the transfer of stress between the two materials - vastly increasing the structural rigidity of the project.

Where Is Reinforcing Steel Mesh Applied? 


Steel reinforcement mesh fabric is commonly used in construction for concrete slabs, walls, and footings of buildings, bridges, and other structures. 


Let's outline a few below: 

  • Columns and beams: Reinforcement mesh is often placed between the columns and beams of a structure, providing additional support and strength to the concrete.

  • Walls: Reinforcement mesh can also be placed within the concrete walls of a building, providing support and stability to the walls as they bear loads.

  • Footings: In many cases, reinforcement mesh is placed within the concrete footings of a building, providing support and stability to the entire structure.

  • Slab: Reinforcement mesh can be placed on the slab of the building, providing additional support and stability.

  • Retaining walls: Reinforcement mesh is also used in retaining wall systems, providing additional support to the wall as it holds back soil and other materials.

Before any work begins, all structural reinforcement designs should be reviewed by a professional and qualified structural engineer.

Frequently Asked Reinforcement Mesh Questions

Why Is Steel Used For Reinforcing Concrete? 


Aside from its many benefits, one of the prime reasons that steel is commonly used as reinforcing fabric in the construction industry is that it has a thermal expansion coefficient that is very similar to concrete. This means that steel and concrete expand and contract at similar rates in response to temperature fluctuations, which helps to maintain the structural integrity of the reinforced concrete.

Another benefit of using steel for reinforcement is its high tensile strength. Tensile strength refers to the ability of a material to withstand pulling or stretching forces without breaking, which is crucial for strengthening and reinforcing a structure.

The combination of similar thermal expansion coefficient and high tensile strength, make steel a reliable and robust choice for reinforcement of building materials, especially when compared to other options in the market.

What Accessories Support Reinforcement Mesh? 


Reinforcement mesh should be supported at regular intervals from below with the following purpose-made accessories: 

  • Hystools

  • Wire Ring Spacers

  • Concrete Bar Spacers

  • Grade Plate Spacers 

In Mesh Product Names, What Do The Numbers Refer To? 


The British Standard denominations (such as A193, or B785) you see within standardised mesh fabric product names make reference to the cross-sectional areas of steel per metre squared. For example, A193 mesh contains 193 square millimetres of steel per every 1M width of the mesh.

What is Rebar? 


Rebar is a tension device that comes in the form of steel rod reinforcement. This tensioning device is purposed to increase the lateral strength of concrete structures.

Can Reinforcement Mesh Be Lapped?


When covering a substantial space, especially in industrial applications, overlapping mesh can be utilised. To ensure adequate coverage, it is crucial to overlap the mesh by at least 350mm.

When using double-layer mesh, it is important to tie together the two layers.

What Are Pile Cages? 


Pile cages are reinforcement devices which are commonly utilised with concrete slabs and the construction of piers and bridges. In general, pile cages tend to be round-shaped with a core of reinforcing bars comprised within its circular body.

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