Frequently Asked Questions About Rebar
Whether you’re constructing a skyscraper or small house, it’s vital to use steel rebars to reinforce the concrete structure. However, when it comes to rebar, there are many questions clients have, but they may find it tricky to get all the answers they’re seeking.
So, to ensure you have all your doubts cleared, Bolsinger Rebar wants to arm you with the most accurate information available to help you complete your construction. To do this, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about rebar.
1. Do you sell rebar by the ton?
We can supply rebar by any quantity requested by the truckload, partial truckload, ton, or piece.
2. What sizes of rebar are available?
Rebar sizes are listed as an imperial bar or by nominal diameter. Imperial sizes range from #3 to #18. The nominal bar size ranges from 3/8” (#3) to 2-1/4” (#18).
3. What are the different grades of rebar?
Standard rebar grades are ASTM A615:Grade 40, Grade 60, Grade 75, Grade 80, and A706 (weldable).
4. What are the different types of rebar?
Several types of rebar are available, including carbon steel, epoxy-coated, stainless steel, galvanized, and glass-fiber-reinforced-polymer(GFRP) rebar.
Carbon steel corrodes more quickly than other types and is the standard rebar for most applications. On the other hand, GFRP rebars will not corrode under any conditions. It’s also tricky to use and very expensive, so it’s limited to the most extreme conditions.
In high corrosion applications and DOT projects, epoxy coating is most common. While, for increased corrosion resistance, galvanized and stainless steel may be more suitable options.
5. What lengths of rebar are available?
Standard mill lengths are twenty feet, thirty feet, forty feet, and sixty feet. Our fabrication department can custom cut any sizes in between these lengths.
6. Is pre-assembled rebar worth the cost?
Pre-assembled rebar provides considerable value in reducing labor costs, which is the biggest risk for a contractor. As a result, pre-assembled rebars increase builders’ profits significantly.
It can also save builders hundreds of hours of on-site fabricating and assembling, which dramatically reduces construction time and the amount of staffing needed to complete a project.
Less labor on-site has other benefits that are not always recognized, including reducing the risk of accidents and safety violations, which can lower insurance costs. Also, during COVID-19, the labor reduction results in a safer job site as social distancing guidelines can be maintained.
In congested downtown worksites where lay-down space is at a premium, pre-assembled components can reduce material stored on-site, and the amount of area needed to fabricate assemblies.
7. Is your rebar domestic or imported?
We supply only domestic rebar to our customers, as we are committed to strengthening the US steel market by supporting American steelmakers.
8. What if I need custom rebar shapes?
Our fabrication department can fabricate any combination of cuts and bends to fit your specific needs.
If you have any more questions about rebar, get in touch with the experts at Bolsinger Rebar. As the best rebar fabrication company in Eastern Iowa, we provide quality products and value-added services to make our customers more efficient.
Our services include supplying rebar, accessories, fabrication, and pre-assembly, and we serve clients across Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and the tri-state area.