Water, salts, and other chemicals – they all cause rebar corrosion that can negatively affect the integrity of reinforced concrete structures. The solution? Helix® Micro Rebar®. Unlike conventional rebar, Helix has been tested and proven to resist corrosion in three major ways:

1. Helix® Creates a More Ductile Concrete Matrix

Helix reinforcement carries load prior to the first crack of the concrete and creates a more ductile concrete matrix. Putting a stop to that first crack prevents corrosion altogether, with alkaline cement paste acting as a protective barrier. If the concrete does undergo cracking, water and salts may enter the concrete and come into contact with the Helix, causing minor localized corrosion – but that’s when another component of corrosion resistance begins to act. 

2. Helix vs. Steel:

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) testing shows Helix embedded in concrete does not corrode after 90 days of exposure to salt water. Rebar corrodes at 30 days1 in this test.

3. Helix’s Size and Discontinuous Nature Diminish Spalling Risk

A one-inch twisted steel rod, Helix® Micro Rebar® and its smallness and discontinuous nature create less potential for corrosion. And if corrosion does occur, it won’t result in spalling of concrete, which eliminates the reinforcements’ protection and is a major cause of continued corrosion. Helix’s unique properties allow for conduction of electrical current only on individual pieces, unlike conventional rebar, which is continuous and tied together. The result is possible corrosion of an individual Helix, rather than an entire mat of rebar. 

Featured Projects

Helix® Micro Rebar® has been used for building concrete in highly corrosive environments, from coastal areas on the West Coast and the Arctic Circle to the cold storage of a beef plant. Find out more about these projects. 

Jetty Repair

Humboldt County, California

Originally constructed in 1899, the north and south jetties of Humboldt County have taken a huge beating from storms, severe wave action, and unusual high tides over the years. Helix® Micro Rebar® was used as part of a project to repair these historic structures at the entrance to Humboldt Harbor, increasing shear strength by 343%. See the results

Kuparuk Low Water Crossing

Deadhorse, Alaska

Helix was chosen to help renovate the Kuparuk Low Water Crossing, which allowed for passage of heavy rigs during the spring flooding season. With the use of Helix, capacity of over 43,000 lbs/ft was met in addition to meeting the time constraints of the project by saving over 40 construction days. See the results

JBS Beef Plant Cold Storage

Grand Island, Nebraska 

In an effort to expand, JBS acquired a Nebraska beef facility, originally built in 1965. Helix was specified to help strengthen the stamped exterior pavements. In addition to increasing the durability of the pavements by over 50%, Helix was also able to reinforce the pavements while minimizing the threat of corrosion in this highly corrosive environment. See the results

1Michigan Department of Transportation, Helix Corrosion Testing Report, October 20, 2005 2, 4Yeomans SR (Editor), Galvanized Steel Reinforcement in Concrete, 2004, Elesvier, 297 pp  3Yeomans SR, “Zinc Coated Steel Fibers,” Unisearch Report Number J084337 

The American manufacturing landscape is always changing and evolving. While offshoring has been the norm for many of the nation’s companies – large and small – for the past few decades, we are beginning to see a reversal with an effort to increase onshoring production capabilities here at home. The exceedingly robust demand has been felt throughout the construction industry, from engineers to suppliers.

From the start of development at the University of Michigan to our current manufacturing facilities in Grand Rapids and administrative offices in Ann Arbor, Helix Steel has always been locally minded. As the manufacturer of Twisted Steel Micro Rebar®, a US-made proactive concrete reinforcement product for over two decades, we have experienced a surge in partnerships in local new builds and  expansion projects.

Is Offshoring Losing Its Appeal?

As the globalization of American manufacturing has evolved, so, too, has its complications. While the offshoring shift was initially made to lower costs and ease competitive pressures, many companies have seen those savings reduced due to growing competition from manufacturers in every corner of the world, security concerns, increasing international labor costs, geopolitical uncertainties, a growing demand for sustainability, and more. 

COVID-19, of course, also created a myriad of logistics concerns, unexpectedly jumpstarting the reshoring trend. As ships were seen lined up at the docks for weeks and months waiting to be unloaded and material shortages became widespread, the fragility of the global supply chain was revealed.

Attitudes and Investments Are Changing

A 2021 data report from the Reshoring Initiative® shows that attitudes and investments surrounding reshoring are changing. In the first eight months of 2022 included, 106 earnings calls included the word “reshoring”– that’s up from just eight total mentions in all of 2019.

The report showed other real-world effects:

  • 1.3 million jobs created since 2010
  • 261,000 jobs created in 2021 alone
  • 1,800 US companies intend to reshore

The Kearney 2021 Reshoring Index showed similar shifts:

  • 92% of CEOs and other executives of American companies express positivity about reshoring
  • 79% of executives who have operations in China have already moved part of their operations to the US or plan to do so in the next three years
  • 15% of executives are evaluating similar moves

Benefits and Challenges of Reshoring

The shift to reshoring of at least some manufacturing capabilities has proven beneficial for many organizations. Some of these advantages include supply chain visibility, leaner inventory management, faster innovation, and a boost to local economies.

Having your teams nearby can create more convenience and an ability to predict issues and solve problems more swiftly and efficiently. It also eliminates constant travel, language barriers, and quality control issues caused by extreme distance.

There are challenges to reshoring as well. Re-establishing local manufacturing centers often requires significant initial investment in construction, technology, and training. Many companies are mitigating these barriers by opting to diversify their business with a combination of offshore and onshore manufacturing.

Successful Reshoring Initiatives

At Helix, we’ve been helping companies make the switch to Micro Rebar®, our US-made alternative to concrete reinforcement products for over two decades. We’re proud to be an integral part in many local reshoring success stories, including General Motors Ultium Cells facilities (three new facilities in just four years), electric-vehicle manufacturer Rivian’s new Illinois plants, and AGS Automotive’s expansion into Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Helix would love to be a part of your reshoring projects. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves with you to help you optimize your capabilities through our product and engineering services. Contact us today to discuss how we can help simplify your transition with Micro Rebar®.

A large-scale, indoor-outdoor project in Detroit’s downtown, the Hudson Site development is currently underway to restore Woodward Avenue’s 1200 block. The 1.5 million square feet tower will feature residential and commercial spaces, including offices, retail, dining, parking, and more. At over 685 feet tall, the structure’s major feature will be its unique city views from every level. 

When Southfield-based contractor Barton Malow needed to lay concrete slabs on composite steel decks for the many floors of the facility’s on-site luxury hotel, they called on Helix Steel to make the application go as smoothly as possible. Having partnered before, they knew that Helix was well-suited to help alleviate a major challenge of the project: its wire mesh specification.

Required for 20 floors, wire mesh presents an issue in the construction of multi-floor developments. Often cranes are required to get material up to the elevated decks, resulting in a costly and labor-intensive process. That’s where Helix® Micro Rebar®  came into play.

Offering exceptional durability, Micro Rebar is an extremely strong, safe, and efficient alternative to wire mesh that can be mixed into concrete prior to laying it. This is a game-changer for contractors because it allows concrete to be pumped up to multiple levels, eliminating the need for a crane for an average of 5-15% reduction on costs for projects like the Hudson Site. The flexibility and fatigue resistance make it an incredibly advantageous material.

With the industry’s current trade labor shortages, busy contractors like Barton Malow can complete jobs with smaller groups and save time spent on the site. And because it’s so easy to incorporate into concrete projects, contractors can typically follow their normal day-to-day processes when Helix Micro Rebar is in use.

Fortified with 54 tons of steel, the project benefited from Helix with the following:

  • 147% increase shear strength
  • 23% increase in durability and toughness
  • 28% increase in modulus of rupture 

Are you ready to experience the Helix Advantage on your next concrete slabs on composite steel deck project? Find out more about the many benefits of Helix, including our evaluation reports that make the code approval process easier.

Helix Micro Rebar Takes You Beyond Cost Savings

Our small concrete reinforcement can cut time, eliminate materials and simplify a job site, all resulting in significant cost savings. To get your no-obligation quote from Helix Steel’s in-house design team, reach out to us today and we’ll work with you to outline your estimated cost savings – it is often quite significant!

Helix Micro Rebar helps Engineers

Helix Micro Rebar concrete reinforcement can make your project safer

Helix Micro Rebar has more benefits than fiber

Helix Micro Rebar can reduce your control joints

Helix Micro Rebar helps to reduce cracking

Helix Micro Rebar expedites construction

Using an alternative concrete reinforcement product, even Helix® Micro Rebar®, which has been employed in over 40,000 projects, can be intimidating. That’s why we provide a high level of transparency, with detailed evaluation reports containing specific information for design applications such as slabs, foundations, footings, walls, and pavements.

Not only does this data demonstrate the performance advantages of Micro Rebar®, it also makes it easier to help those involved in the approval process understand, trust, and confidently approve its use.

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A Screw Works Better Than a Nail 

Helix® Micro Rebar® is an optimized reinforcement that increases the strength and resilience of concrete. Based on a simple concept – a screw works better than a nail – this proactive reinforcement “locks” millions of tiny screws (11,500 parts per pound) into concrete, with each able to bond to concrete and pick up load before any failure occurs.

Helix® Micro Rebar® is a smart choice for residential, commercial, and infrastructure applications for many reasons:

  • Made of high-tensile steel
  • Provides proactive reinforcement to help prevent cracking
  • Increases concrete modulus of rupture and post-crack strength
  • Improves concrete’s resistance to flexural strength 
  • Installs quickly, reducing project timelines
  • Reduces the use of rebar needed in structures

We Provide Research Reports to Make Approval Easier

The International Code Council (ICC) allows for the use of alternative materials and methods of construction that are not specifically named in the code. Called the Alternative Allowance for Alternative Materials (AAAM), this provision gives building professionals the freedom to explore new types of materials and methods — as long as they are equal to the performance and safety to those that are already approved.

To prove performance equality, a research report is required. While this makes the job of a code official much easier, building a research report that meets an international standard like ISO/IEC 17065 is an extremely rigorous process that includes criteria established through public comment and a code official hearing process, third-party testing, peer review, and annual plant audits. Just to name a few.

All of our reports feature assumptions for design, conditions of use, plan views, details for different types of footing and dosage, equations to calculate capacities, direct tension testing, and more. Calculations for alternative requirements are also available.

Download Our Evaluation Reports:

To find out more about our evaluation reports, contact the Helix Steel team today.

Helix Micro Rebar Takes You Beyond Cost Savings

Our small concrete reinforcement can cut time, eliminate materials and simplify a job site, all resulting in significant cost savings. To get your no-obligation quote from Helix Steel’s in-house design team, reach out to us today and we’ll work with you to outline your estimated cost savings – it is often quite significant!

Helix Micro Rebar helps Engineers

Helix Micro Rebar concrete reinforcement can make your project safer

Helix Micro Rebar has more benefits than fiber

Helix Micro Rebar can reduce your control joints

Helix Micro Rebar helps to reduce cracking

Helix Micro Rebar expedites construction

Dreading an upcoming concrete slab placement project should never happen, but it’s a reality every contractor faces. And rightfully so! This task is often headache-inducing with many complexities: heaps of rusty rebar, weeks spent laying out steel, back-breaking labor and expensive boom pumps.

Rebar causes headaches, yet many contractors, developers and even engineers are hesitant to try proven alternatives, simply because they are different. 

Recessions Require Innovative Thinking 

When the economy falters and you need to think faster, smarter and more economically than ever before, the alternative is exactly what you need. Sure, you can consider plastic fibers, but if you want a solution that reduces cracks with a patented twisted design to keep concrete together while also making placement easier on your crew, you have one choice: Helix Micro Rebar

Helix Steel’s revolutionary concrete reinforcement can save one day of construction for every 10,000 square feet (929 square meters) of rebar replaced with Helix Micro Rebar reinforcement.

Here are some prime examples of warehouse projects that have trusted the one-inch all-steel Helix Micro Rebar and reaped the financial rewards by eliminating steel, shortening schedules and placing concrete faster.

Concrete Slab Projects With Cost Savings Due to Helix Micro Rebar

  • Eliminated over 290 tons of steel by cutting rebar usage
  • Over 40 days were saved from the original construction schedule

  • 20% faster than if they had chosen mesh
  • Cement mixers discharged directly on the site, instead of using pumps and concrete buggies.

  • 12 days faster due to less rebar installation

  • 20% faster concrete pour due to direct discharge
  • Saved 70 days on the project 

Helix Micro Rebar Takes You Beyond Cost Savings

Our small concrete reinforcement can cut time, eliminate materials and simplify a job site, all resulting in significant cost savings. To get your no-obligation quote from Helix Steel’s in-house design team, reach out to us today and we’ll work with you to outline your estimated cost savings – it is often quite significant!

Helix Steel’s ‘tiny’ change to your concrete project could not only save you money, but also make your operation more efficient than ever before. Keep reading about the alternative that is quickly becoming the norm…

Helix Micro Rebar helps Engineers

Helix Micro Rebar concrete reinforcement can make your project safer

Helix Micro Rebar has more benefits than fiber

Helix Micro Rebar can reduce your control joints

Helix Micro Rebar helps to reduce cracking

Helix Micro Rebar expedites construction

The most valuable resource that developers have is the one that keeps running out – time. 

With the finite amount of years, months, weeks, days, hours and seconds available to you, it is best to make every moment count. Often, that means thinking smarter about construction projects and how you can encourage a faster ROI with fewer resources available to you.

One aspect of many projects is the placement of concrete. When you consider the size of a large warehouse, a concrete slab can be a time-consuming aspect of your development. But when you use products that work for you, not against you, you will see that there are ways to cut your construction schedule while also regaining your lost time. 

Introducing the product that can save you significant time – Helix Micro Rebar. It’s a tiny, twisted and coated steel reinforcement that is mixed with your concrete prior to placement. Its design not only makes your concrete slab more durable, but it can save you a significant amount of time.

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How Can a Developer Save Time by Using Helix Micro Rebar Concrete Reinforcement

Reduce Rebar Installation Time by up to 100%

With Helix Micro Rebar in your concrete prior to placement, much of the time spent laying rebar and mesh on a warehouse slab can be skipped. This greatly expedites the construction schedule and leaving out a major frustration for developers.

Faster Concrete Placement

When Helix Micro Rebar is mixed with concrete at the batch plant, trucks can place their load directly onto the prepared surface. There is no need to use time-consuming concrete pumps or buggies.

Fewer Safety Issues

Less time on a job site can mean fewer time-consuming health and safety issues, from rusty rebar injuries to back-related problems to concrete placement obstacles. Choose systems that put the safety of your team first.

Team Approach

When you work with Helix Steel, our entire team – including sales and in-house engineers – provides live support during your slab project as needed, saving you time and money.

Fast Shipments

Recently, contractors have been frustrated that they can’t stick with timelines due to material delays. Helix Micro Rebar? Your order can often be shipped within a week.

No Time Spent Managing Inventory

Helix Micro Rebar can be ordered in advance and sent to your project site when needed, or it can be sent directly to your batch plant, helping to reduce the burdens and time spent managing onsite inventory.

Less Time Spent on Crack Mitigation and Maintenance

Rebar attempts to stop cracks only after they start, resulting in your slab or being susceptible to corrosion, earthquakes and water penetration. Ask any rebar supplier – their concrete reinforcement will corrode faster than ours. Concrete cracks due to rebar have been frustratingly normalized, and it’s time to do something about it.

Time Savings for Developers Begins Today

Make every moment count, not only as your role as a developer but as a human being. Trust the people around you to choose the products and processes that reduce the amount of time you spend on a project while simultaneously increasing the quality of the application – even if it means using something you have never tried before, such as Helix Micro Rebar. 

Reach out to the Helix Steel sales and engineering teams with your project specs and we will provide you with estimates of time and cost savings – no obligation. The amount of time you save will surprise you!

“Helix Steel leads the construction industry in providing better ways to build with concrete in a rewarding environment for our employees and community.”

Helix Steel’s Mission Statement

Our team here at Helix Steel has been proud to work with Habitat for Humanity to help build efficient and comfortable homes from California to Colorado to Michigan.

In October 2022, here in Helix Steel’s ‘home’ of Grand Rapids, Michigan, our team participated in an ICF home build with our friends at Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. We spent a whole day there and completed the first storey of the building. Not only were we able to meet many other partners in the project, but we also met with some of the people who will soon call this building home. It was a rewarding and uplifting experience to play such an important role in these families’ future.

Watch our video to learn more about this project and what it means to our team to play a role.

In a time when many businesses regularly source products and services from overseas markets, it’s up to those who think differently to find new ways to make local economies work while combating major environmental issues. 

Some businesses are like Helix Steel – American innovators focusing on building smarter in several important areas. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that buying cheap products from around the world isn’t helping the health of our planet. This fragile supply chain can also be easily disrupted, causing massive issues in practically every industry that relies on it. 

In the case of the construction industry, not only were the supply chains completely fractured, contractors have had to deal with many people who left the construction trade and haven’t returned. For many, construction jobs aren’t nearly as desirable as they once were. 

The other issue we keep seeing is the issue of structural resilience. The construction industry often builds with cheap materials that do the bare minimum when America has the skills, materials and techniques to make strong, long-lasting buildings faster than the antiquated techniques we rely on. 

The last thing becoming more and more important is our carbon footprint. There is good science showing that our world’s average temperature is going up. To stop the rise in temperature, we need complete carbon neutral status by 2050.

Something has to be done. 

The Construction Industry Needs An Action Plan

According to many of Helix Steel’s partners and industry-leading organizations like the Portland Cement Association (PCA), the construction industry needs to achieve carbon neutrality across the cement and concrete value chain by 2050. This includes making measurable progress throughout the industry:

  • We need to optimize concrete mixes;
  • We need to avoid overdesigning;
  • We need to leverage construction technologies; and
  • We need to educate the design and construction community.

Many of the solutions included in the PCA Roadmap are products, technologies and approaches that exist today, like Helix Micro Rebar. By bringing collaborators together, PCA is helping to accomplish near-term benefits while striving toward carbon neutrality.

How is Helix Steel Helping to Achieve Carbon Neutrality?

Helix Steel’s concrete reinforcement Helix Micro Rebar greatly reduces a building’s carbon footprint. 

Developed at the University of Michigan, Helix Micro Rebar is one inch long, twisted and coated, then added to concrete. (At more than 11,500 parts per pound.) The twisted design helps to stop concrete from cracking and gives extra support to increase the concrete’s average modulus of rupture.

As you may know, rebar relies purely on friction to stop cracks from increasing in size, while synthetic fiber does not start to carry a load until the material stretches, well after crack formation. 

By using Helix Micro Rebar in concrete, developers are reducing the amount of steel required while, in slabs on ground, simultaneously reducing the amount of concrete needed by up to 20% by allowing for thickness reduction. 

Helix Micro Rebar’s use in warehouses, manufacturing centers, bridges and precast projects is crucial, but Helix Steel also has a passion for helping to reduce environmental impact in home construction.

Saving the Planet Starts With Carbon-Neutral Homes

Our team here at Helix Steel has been working with Habitat for Humanity to meet many of the PCA’s action items to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and simultaneously benefit the communities in which we live. 

Specifically, we are working with many other partners in building homes that use insulated concrete forms (ICF). ICF construction is a stay-in-place foam form that goes on either side of the concrete wall and provides several benefits.

There are four key benefits of ICF construction: 

  1. Longer lifestyle – homes can last centuries
  2. More sustainability – reducing energy consumption
  3. Safety and Reliability – concrete does not rust, rot or burn
  4. Resilience – resistant to natural and man-made disasters

Helix Micro Rebar has been used in ICF for more than a decade and greatly reduces the amount of rebar needed in ICF blocks. It also gives owners a stronger structural solution. For example, Indigo Green primarily used Helix Micro Rebar, and received practically no damage when the Category 5 Hurrican Erma tore through the property in 2017.

Helix Micro Rebar Has Environmental Benefits

Although Helix Micro Rebar alone will not solve the global warming issue, it can help. It can reduce steel and reduce the amount of concrete needed, and so contributes to a project’s LEED points.

When wildfires tore through Paradise, California, devastating the community, it was the homes built of concrete that survived with barely a scratch. Helix Steel’s first partnership with Habitat for Humanity was actually in Paradise, and we were able to see the difference that concrete made. 

Since our first Habitat for Humanity home in California, Helix Steel has contributed to 8 homes for 17 families from California to Colorado to Michigan. We’re passionate about helping our communities and we’re proud to help others in need.

More recently, in October 2022 here in our ‘home’ of Grand Rapids, Michigan, our team participated in an ICF home build with our friends at Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. We spent a whole day there and completed the first storey of the building. Not only were we able to meet many other partners in the project, but we also met with some of the people who will soon call this building home. It was a rewarding and uplifting experience to play such an important role in these families’ future.

As a huge supporter of Habitat for Humanity, Helix Steel recommends that anyone in the construction industry reach out to your local ‘Habitat’ branch. They need your skills, products and energy – and they need it more than ever before.

Helix Micro Rebar Meets Building Code Requirements

Helix Micro Rebar has an engineered design with ICC-ES AC470 / ESR 3949 for applications such as concrete footings, foundations, walls and slabs. These reports are specifically tailored for residential applications and meet requirements in low-seismic regions. Years of work contributed to the reports, which tested modulus of rupture, compressive strength, minimum residential strength, freeze-thaw resistance and factor a quality control audit. 

The EER 3949 report includes prescriptive tables for above-grade and below-grade walls. These details are acceptable for building departments without the need to go through an engineer provided you meet the requirements.

Take the Next Step in Carbon Neutrality. Start by Rethinking Your Concrete Reinforcement.

Are you interested in lowering your building’s carbon footprint? How about saving time? Or how about building better homes for your community? If so, reach out and learn more about how using Helix Micro Rebar can help. Contact us today

If you work with concrete, you are very familiar with the frustrations of using rebar. Who knew that a simple metal rod used for 100+ years could still be causing so much frustration in an industry that otherwise is innovating faster than ever before?

Whether you’re a contractor, laborer, ICF home builder, precast company, or developer, there has never been a better time to rethink your concrete reinforcement and consider Helix Micro Rebar.

Helix Micro Rebar is a small, one-inch steel rod twisted and combined with concrete to create a superior concrete product. It isn’t even that “new”, but it might be new to you. It has been used over the past 20 years in more than 100 million square feet of slabs and more than 20,000 vertical structures. Brands that trust Helix Micro Rebar include Amazon, FedEx, General Motors and Hilton.

And it is everything you want a concrete reinforcement to be. 

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But how does it compare to rebar?

Why drop everything you know about concrete reinforcement for an alternative?

We’re glad you asked…

Helix Micro Rebar Takes Less Effort Than Rebar

Rebar needs to be ordered far in advance and placed in large storage yard until needed. Once needed, they are picked up by cranes and hefted to the worksite where each piece of rebar is picked up by your crew, lifted into place, then tied down by teams of laborers. When it comes to installation, rebar is always frustrating, dirty, rusty and often involves placement mistakes. 

Helix Micro Rebar is the opposite in a lot of ways. This product is mixed with concrete before it is placed, and involves very few laborers – and mostly just on pour day. These jobsites are simple, clean and safe, and have Helix Steel engineers available to help at every step of the way – reducing effort for your team.

Helix Micro Rebar Takes Less Time Than Rebar

If you’re working on a warehouse concrete project, you may need to set aside weeks to install the rebar. Planning, managing crews and installing all take time and effort.

If developers want a faster return on their investment, or if contractors need to jump onto another project sooner, there is no better option than Helix Micro Rebar.

In many slab applications, every 10,000 sq. ft. of rebar replaced with Micro Rebar saves one full day of construction. Since Helix Micro Rebar is mixed in with concrete and poured into its final destination, almost all of the time scheduled for rebar installation is saved. You will also save time during the pour itself. Cement mixers can be driven directly onto the warehouse floor and pour at the location where the concrete is needed. This alone can improve your pour rate by up to 20%.

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Helix Micro Rebar is Safer Than Rebar

Just thinking about rusty rebar gives us tetanus. It is heavy, awkward and a trip hazard on every jobsite. How many times have your crew members tripped on rebar? Once is too many.

Helix Micro Rebar is delivered in easy-to-handle cardboard boxes that greatly minimize contact with the reinforcement. With significantly smaller crews, fewer tripping hazards and less equipment needed, jobsites with Helix Micro Rebar have been proven to be safer.

Helix Micro Rebar Has Minimized Post-Construction Risk

One of the biggest struggles with using concrete is preventing crack formation. We are led to believe that rebar “should” stop cracks from forming, but in many cases, it’s only used to “reduce” the number and size of cracks. Standard concrete reinforcement is not as perfect as its popularity portrays. 

Helix Micro Rebar is twisted to help give concrete five times the tensile strength compared to rebar-reinforced concrete and up to a 33% increase in modulus of rupture (flexural strength), which maximizes the structural durability against corrosion, earthquakes, water penetration and blasts. 

Helix Micro Rebar also has a specialized coating that resists rust three times longer than conventional uncoated steel reinforcement. This helps to prevent cracks at the micro level and resists failure.

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Helix Micro Rebar Has Lower Costs Than Rebar

Made of steel that’s hot-rolled into form, rebar can be slightly cheaper than Helix Micro Rebar when comparing direct material costs. 

But when you factor in your reduction in labor costs, time savings, safety improvements and customer satisfaction, the difference is clear. Your project’s overall savings is significant, as is the higher-quality concrete product.

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Send us some basic details about your project and we will help you to design a solution that works for you in just a couple of days. Submit Your Project Here

Learn more about Helix Micro Rebar and the many ways that it can work hard for your next project by contacting Helix Steel’s Sales & Technical Team at 734-322-2114 x3 or sales@helixsteel.com.

We look forward to sharing more about the power of Helix Micro Rebar soon.