How-to Helix Steel: A Developer’s Guide to Saving Money and Time with Concrete Reinforcement

Do you want to save time? Do you want to save money? Your next development could be the most frustrating project you have ever worked on, unless you do things differently. 

Some of the most stressful days of a developer’s life are when your project is in the construction phase. Consider the tight deadlines, complex logistics, neverending bill payments and the need for a fast return on your investment.

There’s a way to reduce this stress, cut timelines and save money. It starts by rethinking the literal and figurative foundation of your project: concrete reinforcement.

Why Helix® Micro Rebar Concrete Reinforcement Instead of Rebar?

Ask any general contractor you know – they loathe rebar. These rusty rods turn a great idea into a corroding, complex, time-consuming battle. Not a single GC enjoys the process of laying rebar.

Fortunately, there’s an alternative: Helix® Micro Rebar. This twisted one-inch piece of steel is combined with thousands of others to form with your concrete, providing a strong and durable concrete reinforcement that resists being pulled apart. That means for years after completion, your slab, foundation or building will likely not crack under pressure.

Developers who choose Helix® Micro Rebar not only benefit those who work alongside them, like architects, engineers, general contractors, but also receive significant benefits of their own. 

Reducing Post-Construction Risk

Helix® Micro Rebar delivers higher ratings and lasts longer than rebar. Helix® Micro Rebar can increase fatigue resistance by up to 300%, and flexural strength by up to 33%. It works proactively to stop cracks before they even start.  

Faster Return on Investment

Did you know that for every 10,000 sq. ft. of rebar replaced with Helix® Micro Rebar you can save one full day of construction? This is due to the reduction in time spent laying rebar and also a reduction in concrete being poured. For fulfillment, logistics centers and multi-res projects, this can mean significant reductions in your construction schedule.

Lower Costs

Many of America’s developers have chosen Helix® Micro Rebar for its durability and faster ROI, and were surprised to see the significant cost reduction as well. When you factor in the time and energy spent installing rebar alone, many developers realize up to 20% cost savings.

Proactive Reinforcement

Rebar attempts to stop cracks only after they start, resulting in your slab or building 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.

Helix® Micro Rebar stops cracks before they start. In the long term, you will experience fewer performance issues, and many developers also see a noticeable improvement in tenant satisfaction.

Marketability of Product

As you know many developers build standardized warehouses and commercial spaces with very little to set them apart from other other competing developers. The market has become commoditized. Helix® Micro Rebar allows you to significantly stand out from your competition and provide a product of great added value to your tenants or future property owners.

Infusing Helix® Micro Rebar in concrete can result in a slab with similar costs, but higher load capacity. For example, we can reinforce a 7″ (18 cm) slab that allows for stacking pallets to the roof of a 42-foot (13-meter) building at the same cost as an 8” (20 cm) mesh-reinforced slab. 

Helix® Micro RebarConcrete Reinforcement Process for Developers

It’s easy for developers to make the switch to Helix® Micro Rebar.

  1. Dig Deep
    • Learn more about the benefits of using Helix® Micro Rebar for your specific project by reading more on our website and contacting Helix Steel.
    • Request information for the other leaders who will work on your project: engineers, architects, general contractors, crews and concrete contractors. They all benefit from replacing concrete reinforcement. 
  1. Discuss
    • Share your knowledge with your team.
    • If you have questions, reach out to Helix Steel any time, or request a customized video-streaming Lunch and Learn session.
  1. Decide
    • Once you’ve agreed to choose the better concrete reinforcement, our team of concrete reinforcement professionals will work with your team to ensure accurate dosages and procedures are followed in the timeline you need it in. 

How-to Helix: Developer Next Steps

You have read about the many benefits that Helix® Micro Rebar provides developers. Now it’s your turn to take the next step. To begin your Helix® Micro Rebar journey and change the way you think about and construct your developments, please learn more and contact Helix Steel.