Whether you're a concrete expert or consumer, it's always a good idea to go over the essential parts of laying concrete. One of these, of course, is reinforcement. Usually, concrete reinforcement is internal-you can think of it like the beams in your ceiling that give your home structure and support, only for concrete! The two main categories of concrete reinforcement are tensile strength and compression strength, which we explain for you here:
Compression strength is the amount of pressure a structure can withstand without breaking, and compared to most materials, concrete has mega-compression strength. This also means that it has a lot of structural integrity without additional enforcement, the main reason we rest our cars and houses on top of it. However, every material has its breaking point, which is why reinforcement becomes crucial.
Tensile strength is really about the bond between the sand and concrete mix in the concrete. It may seem counterintuitive, but the tensile strength needs to be relatively low for the compression strength of a material to be high. This is why it's so important to incorporate rebar or wire mesh. You can think of these materials as the backbone or skeleton of your concrete slab or structure.
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