Steel rebar isn’t the right product for every job. When you need extra longevity, durability, and strength against the elements, you need a steel rebar alternative. FRP Rebar, a glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP), is the superior choice for projects including:
- Bridges, seawalls, piers, and dams
- Power plants
- Low to mid-rise buildings
- Flatwork in corrosive climates
The Top 6 Benefits of Using FRP Rebar Instead of Steel Rebar
Don’t jeopardize your next job using rusty steel rebar. It may be the industry standard, but it’s not always the best, most enduring, or sustainable solution. This is especially true in Florida, where corrosion is a big concern. Here’s why you should be using it:
1. It’s stronger than steel rebar.
FRP Rebar boasts two times the tensile strength of steel rebar.
2. It lasts way longer, so it’s cheaper in the long run.
Made from enduring, high-quality materials, its lifespan far exceeds steel rebar.
3. It withstands the elements.
FRP Rebar won’t corrode or oxidize when exposed to water, salt, or chemicals.
4. It requires less maintenance than steel.
Because it’s more durable and lasts longer, you’ll save on repairs and rehabs.
5. It’s easier to move and install.
While it’s two times stronger than steel rebar, it’s only one quarter of its weight.
6. It’s ideal for flat work.
It is much lighter than steel rebar and ideal for flat work. Additionally, it takes less time and can reduce labor costs.
FRP Rebar FAQ
We know you’ve got questions about using a product like FRP Rebar. Here are the most common ones we get asked:
- Can you bend it like steel rebar?
No, but you can order pre-shaped pieces in common shapes (spirals, stirrups, “V”, “L”, “U”, arcs, and echelons), which saves you time.
- How do I tie the product together?
You can tie it with wire or zip ties — just like steel rebar!
- Can I mix rebar with this?
Yes, you can mix products! A 50/50 blend will be superior to steel rebar alone.
- When should I mix products?
Mix FRP Rebar where structural engineering requirements demand added flexibility.
FRP Rebar is ICC-ES Evaluated via SFTec Partnership
We’ve partnered with SFTec to be a distributor for their SFT-Bar® products. SFTec products are now ICC-ES Evaluated. The following report ESR-5081 has been published on the ICC-ES® website. This ESR-5081 report certifies the SFTec Inc. SFT-Bar® and it also attests to its compliance to the most advanced and stringent requirements, codes and standards applicable in construction, that codify the use of GFRP in concrete structures.