The Future Of Composites In The Construction Industry

The Future Of Composites In The Construction Industry

In both new and rehabilitation construction projects, design professionals need to explore the advantages of building environmentally-friendly infrastructure with highly durable and innovative composite materials. It is the need of the hour to develop and implement lightweight, corrosion-resistance, low maintenance, and high strength materials.

Glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) is an example of how advanced composites can completely transform the public infrastructure and help structural engineers design more durable and cost-effective structures.

Advanced composites can be manufactured to provide specific performance properties. Fiber reinforced polymers typically comprises of two major constituents: matrix and reinforced fiber. The collective strength of a composite material is more than the strength of individual strength of constituents.

The manufacturing process, additives, and shape determine the overall properties of reinforcing fibers. Fillers and additives are usually used to adjust the property of composite product to meet design requirements. While composites are thermal and electrical insulators, additives can help achieve additional properties such as resistance to ultraviolet rays and fire.

Phenomenal development in concrete reinforcement technologies now offers exciting opportunities to achieve custom structural properties while resolving conventional problems associated with traditional reinforcement materials such as steel.

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GFRP reinforcement

GFRP reinforcing materials have been tested and proven to be the ideal alternative to traditional steel. The deterioration of concrete is largely due to corrosion of steel reinforcement. The loss due to corrosion of reinforcement is heavy as governments and bridge owners have to spend billions of dollars every year to maintain structurally deficient structures.

This is where GFRP can provide a dependable solution and help the civil engineering community get rid of steel corrosion. Long-lasting durability in corrosive environments is one of the prime features of GFRP rebar and other composite products like rock bolts, dowels, lifting anchors, and form ties.


Our premium quality reinforcing bars enable builders and contractors to substitute traditional reinforcing bars with non-corrosive and non-metallic fiberglass rebar which can be used or customized for new construction projects.

Our concrete reinforcement solutions provide high tensile performance while ensuring corrosion resistance and ease of application. This is why TUF-BAR has become a reference in GFRP rebar manufacturing in North America. Read these case studies which provide a quick overview of successful applications of our GFRP products.

Our fiberglass rebar is available in various sizes, shapes and grades: bent bars, straight bars, columns, piling cages, spiral, rectangular, etc. Custom bars can be manufactured to meet your unique requirements. For more information, please contact us!