Steel Reinforced Concrete
With the vast range of concrete mixes and improved technology available to Constructors, they presently use mixed concrete types more and more when building. In this manner, they can assure quality and strength of the buildings they construct to withstand any massive havoc impacted by nature or willful human destruction. Even though constructors plan their constructions beforehand and compensate by leaving spaces in between the areas of the concrete where fractures may occur, many will find that most often plain concrete cracks occur in many areas beyond these planned spaces. With the application of steel reinforced concrete, this can be minimized to a greater extent. This method stops widening of gaps in the concrete and further prevents cracking, keeping together the slabs of concrete to last for generations to come.
Owners of newly constructed buildings, most often witness cracks appearing in their concrete. Complaints are many that they do not receive what constructors assure in the first place. Building owners have to incur additional costs when these widening cracks appear to repair them. The cost can be huge and often repairs cannot stop the widening of cracks which finally ends in having huge damages in their buildings. The only effective solution to this problem is to replace the cracked concrete with steel reinforced concrete.
Steel concrete reinforcing has been used in architectural constructions for more than 150 years. However, some steel reinforcing cannot give the desirable results. To get maximum strength and perfect finishes, the steel used in the concrete should be placed in the proper places with enough covering layers. When steel is used in the wrong places, the construction will be prone to fracture and will result in unexpected damages.
The agreeable depth of the covering layer for steel reinforced concrete is about 2 inches. The steel should be placed at least 1/3 under the top layer of the height of the concrete. However some constructors reduce this depth and use steel rods at joints thus allowing enough gaps to take place in contractions. When vast floors are filled with concentrated loads, following these rules will strengthen concrete to bear the extreme.
When compared with other types of concrete reinforcing, steel reinforcing is trouble-free. It also minimizes cracking and width of possible cracking thus strengthening the interlocking of slabs. With steel reinforced concrete, curling and dislocation of concrete is minimized. Strength of steel used in concrete is higher than other type of concrete. Owners of steel reinforced concrete buildings, save money, as it lasts longer. Although admixtures help to strengthen concrete, they cannot match with steel reinforcement. However, to get maximum results, steel reinforcement should be placed properly leaving suitable spaces and using ideal sizes. Only qualified persons with experience in the latest techniques of reinforced steel concrete placement, will maximum results at any constructions site.
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