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Reinforced Concrete
Concrete that has been strengthened by the addition of other materials, usually steel to increase it's strength to resist tensile forces.

reinforcing steel in a suspended slab
Reinforcing steel bars being individually fixed into position on the formwork for a suspended reinforced concrete slab.

The actual material that is used to reinforce standard concrete varies with the type of concrete and the loads it has to support. The material in the photo above are purpose made reinforcing bars. These bars come in various types of configuration, size and strength rating. Along with the welded mesh shown below they are by far the most common way to increase the strength of the concrete used in construction work.

The two main types of reo steel are Rebar as shown above and Reinforcing mesh as shown below. See the following pages for more details.

Other ways on reinforcing concrete are to add a material like chopped steel strands or fiberglass strands to the mix ingredients at some time during the concrete mixing process. this type of concrete reinforcement suit jobs like sprayed concrete as shown on the Shotcrete page.

reinforcing steel, weldmesh
Reinforcing bars factory welded into standard type and size patterns are easy and fast to fix.

The weldmesh comes in a road legal size of 6M by 2.4M sheets to enable easy transport.

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