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Does Your Driveway Need Rebar?

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Wondering about the uses of rebar in modern driveway construction? Lots of other people have had the same questions—read on to figure out more about whether or not a contractor (such as Hanover Concrete Company) should be using rebar on a project.

Keeping Driveways in Good Condition

A concrete driveway or other surface often needs some type of reinforcement. In many cases, that reinforcement is provided by rebar, a set of metal rods inside the concrete to hold it in place.

But from time to time, homeowners and others have questions about contractors who may or may not use rebar on a driveway or a similar project. Why might some projects utilize this material, and others will not?

Rebar and Mesh

One common alternative for driveway surfaces is a smaller type of metal mesh that may be used instead of rebar. Contractors may use the metal mesh because they feel that rebar is too expensive for a project. However, each project has to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and customers have to understand whether the contractor is using legitimate practical philosophies of building, or just cutting corners.

Some of the common wisdom on this is that smaller projects consisting of 4 inches or less of concrete thickness may be able to work properly with mesh instead of rebar, where thicker slabs would be better served by using rebar materials.

The Expense of Rebar

If the contractor claims that rebar is too expensive, it's important to look at the project in its full context. When you add all of the costs of materials and labor, the rebar will likely constitute a fairly small amount. That means if there's a chance that not using rebar could compromise the project over time, spending the additional money up front will be a much better option for both the contractor and the customer. Sometimes, these types of things have to be worked out through negotiation, and looking more closely at the projected life cycle of a driveway, patio or other concrete space.

The bottom line is that most of these projects need some type of reinforcement—and that while much of this is up to the discretion of the contractor, it's a good idea for customers to know the general parameters and what's consistent with building in their areas. There are cases where the customer deserves better materials or better reinforcement, in order to ensure the durability of the final result.

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20 May 2015