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What is reinforcing steel?

What is reinforcing steel? Reinforcing Steel has been used as an essential construction material for over 8,500 years. Records of its use date back to Roman times – the Roman Colosseum is a prime example of the material’s strength and durability. Usually in the form of a reinforcing bar or reinforcing mesh (made up of multiple bars in a grid pattern), concrete is then poured over the steel to create one unit. Concrete is incredibly strong but it has poor tensile strength. If pressure is applied in a push or pull force, the concrete can become brittle and crack and the structure will eventually fail. Adding steel to a concrete pour reinforces the final structure. The reinforc...