Cracking & Concrete, a love story.

The importance of reinforcement

The use of synthetic fibers, reinforcing wire mesh, or rebar can add some extra support to concrete, but none of them will fully prevent cracking, especially not in Calgary. However, if cracks happen, reinforcement can hold the different sections together. The presence of reinforcement can be the difference between a crack remaining hairline in nature or separating and becoming wider and unsightly. Steel reinforcement can also keep the concrete on both sides of a crack on the same horizontal plane. This means that one side doesn’t heave or settle more than the other, which could cause a tripping hazard. It is sometimes impossible to determine exactly what caused a particular crack. However, proper site preparation and good concrete finishing practices can go a long way towards minimizing the appearance of cracks and producing a more aesthetically pleasing project.

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Freehold Concrete Inc.

Freehold Concrete Inc.

A concrete company in Calgary, AB, Freehold Concrete Inc. is an industry authority on concrete specifications and implementation of best practices in the field.