Fiber Reinforcement Saves Time & Labor
Fiber reinforced concrete is a common addition to concrete because it can help to reduce cracks, increases the impact resistance, and increase the concrete strength in certain applications. Countless numbers of fibers are uniformly distributed in all directions throughout the concrete mix to provide top-to-bottom, side-to-side, uniform micro-reinforcement. These are added at the batch plant and can save time, energy and labor cost compared to other common reinforcement options.
Fiber is an easy way for an engineer to specify reinforcement compared to traditional solutions like rebar. In most cases, adding fiber won’t affect the mix design, additives within a concrete mix, or the pumpability of the material; additionally, placing and set times remain unchanged. If you factor in all of the reasons above and also consider that finishing fiber reinforced concrete is often no different from other options, you can see that fiber saves time and labor.
Fiber usage in concrete can greatly reduce permeability – up to 80% — lessening the passage of water and de-icing salts that cause rebar corrosion problems. By offering a variety of options, we can provide a product that won’t rust or stain surfaces, is non-corrosive, and also alkali-resistant.