What Good is Rebar?

Understanding concrete and all the materials and terms that come with a project can be quite daunting. A lot of times, concrete contractors lose patience with customers just because they lack the empathy needed when educating someone outside the industry about how things come together. 

You will never feel this way when you hire a JLC Martinez Concrete team! Our crews and customer service professionals are willing to explain terms you may be unfamiliar with. We understand the complexity of the project and make sure everyone is communicating and on the same page. When it comes to education of a key material, none is more common than a conversation about rebar.


Rebar: a powerful component

Rebar is a steel bar measuring in either 3/8 or 1/2 inches. It’s used to strengthen and reinforce concrete structures. Not all concrete structures need rebar (in many cases concrete wire mesh will do the job just fine) but it is used often to add strength to the structural integrity of a build. What your concrete project will need all depends on how you will use it.


Rebar and concrete driveways

  • Reduce the amount of cracks you see over time– Concrete will inevitably crack. It’s just the reality of the material and how it interacts with the moving earth underneath it. However, rebar can provide the extra strength and staying power, especially within a driveway, that can keep the concrete looking nice and smooth over the course of time. 

  • Rebar can influence movement due to weather– Even in Northern and Central California, although we don’t see much freezing outside the mountain ranges, we will see some intense weather changes. This intense weather will cause the concrete to expand and contract as temps rise and fall. Steel rebar can help hold things together throughout those phases. 

  •  Heavy foot or vehicle traffic– If you plan on parking trucks, RV’s, boats, etc. on your newly installed concrete then we definitely recommend using rebar. Talk to us at JLC Martinez Concrete about the job at hand and intended use so we can recommend the appropriate sized rebar and placement.

Cracks are normal and a result of the earth moving underneath the concrete. If you really want to prevent any cracking at all consider the use of sand underneath the installation. Sand will imitate the effect of ball bearings and truly minimize cracking, allowing the concrete slab to shift and move with much less tension. Talk to us about and we’ll see what we can do for you.

Contact JLC Martinez Concrete Now for a Solid concrete solution

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