When comparing the costs of fiberglass rebar vs. steel rebar it can be easily stated the difference in the initial cost. However, there are many reasons why fiberglass rebar ends up becoming a more affordable competitor to steel rebar options.
Steel rebar has susceptibility to corrosion or oxidation when exposed to salts, aggressive chemicals, and moisture. As it corrodes, steel rebar swells and increases the tensile load on the concrete, which begins to crack and spall, creating openings that lead to further and faster deterioration of the steel and concrete. This causes costly repair and maintenance and, if allowed to progress far enough, it can compromise the structure’s integrity Fiberglass rebar is effective in saving costs by removing the need for future repairs.
Fiberglass rebar can also lower costs by cutting down on the use of labor, decrease installation charges, reduce the need for maintenance, and has a longer lifespan than many medals. It also has a high threshold of bearing impacts so damage is minimized while loading or unloading material. Fiberglass rebar also has no susceptibility to corrosion, 2x the tensile strength, 1/4 the weight of steel and 45 GPa and 60 Gpa Modulus of elasticity. It will also helo to maintain cosmetically attractive structures over time resulting in higher property resale values.
Typically when it comes to black steel structures, it will need rehabilitation in as little as 5 to 10 years and frequently need major rehabilitation within 20 years. TUF-BAR is a proud manufacturer of Fiberglass rebar and accessories. With headquarters and production facilities in Canada, we also operate out of the United States as well. We take pride in being a pioneer in the fiberglass industry.