Reinforcing steel, otherwise called rebar or reinforcement steel, is a steel bar or steel mesh used in concrete or masonry structures to strengthen the concrete. The surface of the bar is often patterned for better bonding with the concrete.
While concrete is strong in compression, it is pretty weak in tension. Reinforcing steel is necessary to provide tensile strength to the concrete. By adding rebar in concrete, it can carry tensile loads, with an increase in overall strength.
The most common type of reinforcing steel used in construction is carbon steel. They are typically hot-rolled round bars with deformation patterns. The other types of reinforcing steel are stainless steel bars and galvanised steel bars.
The size of the rebar is dependent on the amount of strength needed. The more strength needed, the bigger the rebar, which is determined by the engineer detailing the structure.
Reinforcing Steel for Pools
Reinforcing steel generally comes in two grades: D250N or D500N.
Pool Steel is D250N. While most builders use standard swimming pool steel, there are instances they use grade D500N too.
So can you use regular reinforcing steel for pools?
Yes you can!
However, you are making the job far more difficult than it needs to be if you use regular reinforcing steel to build a pool.
The reality is that most pool builders will use swimming pool reinforcing steel and not regular steel reinforcing bar…
That’s because pool reinforcing steel has high strength to ensure durability over time.
Plus swimming pool rebars are easy to bend, shape, and cut at the site, allowing for innovative pool designs.
It also means that there is no need to pre-cast large sections of concrete.
Do you need advice when it comes to reinforcing steel for your pool project? Contact the experts an Neumann Steel!