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You’ve decided to add visual appeal and increase accessibility outside your home by adding concrete steps. Whether doing it yourself or hiring a contractor, you’ve looked at what’s required to create your outdoor stairs.
After looking at these requirements, you realize there’s a lot more to concrete construction than you initially imagined. Specifically, you’re wondering what rebar is and whether it’s necessary. Continue reading to find out the answer to these questions.
What Is Rebar?
The term “rebar” refers to a reinforcing bar used in concrete construction to strengthen structures. These bars can be made using different types of alloys and varying grades of steel. Determining the right kind of bar to use for concrete stairs depends on many factors, such as how tall the staircase is overall.
So concrete can easily adhere to rebar, it’s made with ridges. When the concrete for your steps is poured over the strengthening rebar, it attaches easier. For this reason, not just any piece of metal will do in your step construction.
Benefits of Using Rebar in Concrete Steps
There are many benefits to using rebar in your concrete steps. The most significant advantages are discussed in more detail below.
Reduce Tension Stress
The ends of any concrete structure are the strongest. Tension stress occurs in the middle of any structure. In this case, it occurs most in the center of each step.
Tension stress can cause damage and breakage to occur when too much weight is placed on it. Tension stress can also be accumulative and arise from consistent use over time.
Since rebar strengthens concrete, it reduces this stress. When the weakest part of your structure is more sound, damage is significantly less likely to occur.
Reduce Necessary Thickness of Concrete Stairs
If you were to create your concrete stairs without rebar, you’d need much more thickness to ensure stability. The use of rebar allows for the steps to be thinner while still maintaining maximum strength.
Local Building Codes Often Require Rebar
Using rebar means you’ll be following local building codes. Most local building codes have minimum requirements when it comes to the use and placement of rebar and other supporting structures.
Can the Rebar Inside Your Stairs Break?
Over time, concrete steps will begin to wear down. A common question is whether the rebar inside the stairs can break.
The simple answer is no. Rebar is created from durable metals, which means it won’t break from general use. It’s possible to break using extreme pressure, but this generally requires the use of heavy machinery.
If you need concrete stair repair, it’s generally to repair the concrete itself. This is the part of steps that can chip, crack, and become thinner over time.
Do You Have Any More Questions About Concrete?
The use of rebar in your concrete steps is necessary because it provides support to the overall structure. Without it, you run the risk of creating weak stairs that simply aren’t safe.
Do you have more questions about concrete? Check out our other blog posts. You’ll find a wealth of information on the topic.