Reinforced concrete is one of the world's most common building materials, and for good reason. Not only is it incredibly strong and resistant to damage, but it's also readily available and more cost-effective than most other materials. This is why it's such a popular choice for flooring.
With over 40 years' experience, Nationwide Concreting are one of the UK's leading suppliers of premium-quality concrete flooring. In this guide, we'll be exploring all there is to know about reinforced concrete floors: what they are, how they're made, and the key benefits that make them so widespread. Let's jump right in!
Reinforced concrete is a type of concrete made by embedding steel rods, bars, or mesh within the concrete to enhance its already impressive strength.
Reinforcement is added because concrete, despite its many advantages as a construction material, has a comparatively low tensile strength. This means it's not very resistant to lengthwise pressure. By integrating steel (which has a high tensile strength), concrete becomes much more resistant to lateral forces.
Reinforced concrete is made by pouring the raw concrete over pre-laid steel reinforcing bars or mesh. When the concrete solidifies around this metal, it gives the floor added strength to be able to cope with increased pressure.
This combination of materials creates a solid and resilient flooring system that can withstand heavy loads and resist deformation over time.
The widespread use of reinforced concrete around the world is a testament to its reliability and efficiency as a building material. Here are some of the reasons why it's so popular:
As reinforced concrete is such a flexible material, it can be used in virtually any construction project. This includes:
Reinforced concrete flooring is a popular choice for a wide range of building types. Its impressive compressive and tensile strength make it able to withstand the daily stresses of a busy workspace, such as foot and vehicle traffic, as well as endure high pressure and years of general wear and tear.
Multi-storey buildings are subjected to a great deal of pressure, which makes the added strength provided by reinforced concrete particularly useful. Reinforced concrete flooring is therefore a regular feature in office and residential blocks, as well as multi-level car parks.
The advantages of reinforced concrete floors extend to warehouses, factories, and manufacturing environments as well. They offer increased tolerance against heavy weights, making them a practical choice for such settings.
Nationwide Concreting are the UK's leading industrial concrete flooring contractors. With over four decades of experience, we take pride in installing and finishing reliable reinforced concrete floors of all shapes, sizes, and specifications.
Our team is made up of highly experienced professionals who excel in delivering high-quality reinforced concrete flooring installations. We've worked with businesses in countless industries, so whatever your sector, you can be confident your concrete floor is in capable hands.
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