You may not use reinforcement systems to increase the slab’s ability to support heavier loads or even prevent cracks from happening. However, reinforcement systems will help you avert spalling and keep the cracks tighter. In some cases, you will need to ensure a consistent slab thickness since reinforcement measures may not be active. You will have to insert dowels at the joints, have reasonable base control, and use a mix designed for low shrinkage and spacing the joint properly. Information can be found here.

Applications Requiring Reinforcement

You may not necessarily reinforce a concrete when a slab is installed on a high-quality subbase and offers uniform support. However, you will need to use reinforcement if the joints’ spacing is higher than 15 feet or the subbase is problematic. You will also need to reinforce the slab if you don’t install contraction joints, such as when your clients want an uninterrupted concrete floor. It would be best if you also reinforced concrete slabs that won’t support heavy loads such as footings or pillars. You will also need to reinforce concrete slabs when you need to adhere to the local building codes that mandate you to use reinforced concrete. Professionals at Reozone Steel Reinforcement, St. Marys, understand the unique needs for your concrete slabs and the types of reinforcement systems to use. See here for information about Different Types of Reinforcing Mesh.

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