If you’re in the construction industry to improve buildings, revolutionize processes and work smarter, it may be time to rethink your concrete reinforcement.

Sure, rebar still has a place in this world for certain applications, but for many, such as slabs, walls, roads and even precast structures, another solution is staking its place.

The concrete reinforcement you’ve been waiting for is Helix Micro Rebar™, a one-inch twisted piece of steel that gives people in the construction industry more reasons than ever to innovate.

Why Should You Care About A Better Concrete Reinforcement?

Rebar has had its day in the sun. Helix Micro Rebar can often do much of what rebar does and much more. Here are some highlights:

Stronger Concrete

Helix Micro Rebar™’s small, twisted design creates phenomenal strength in concrete. The pieces are evenly dispersed throughout the concrete to create a composite material that retains its composition better than concrete with rebar. This eliminates corrosion, reduces cracks, and can increase load capacity without rebar added.

Streamlined Concrete Placement

Unlike rebar, which requires complex placement, laborious tying and time-consuming inspections, Helix Micro Rebar™ is pre-mixed directly into the concrete, either at the batch plant or at the job site, eliminating the need for additional labor and equipment. This streamlined installation process accelerates construction timelines and reduces overall project costs.

With a simplified concrete placement process, overall project expenses are lower, making Helix Micro Rebar a better choice for developers seeking to maximize their ROI.

Reduced Environmental Impact

We all care about the environment and reducing unnecessary materials, which is yet another reason to consider Helix Micro Rebar™.

Its design creates stronger concrete yet requires less steel compared to traditional rebar, minimizing your environmental impact. Helix Micro Rebar™ also helps to extend the lifespan of your concrete structures, reducing the need for frequent repairs and replacements and ultimately conserving resources.

Tomorrow’s Concrete Needs Helix Micro Rebar™

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It’s easy for contractors to continue using rebar. But for those who want to be innovative, think smarter and innovate to make their lives easier, Helix Micro Rebar™ must at least be a strong consideration.

If you’re intrigued, fill out our online form for a free lunch and learn. Our team of creative construction professionals will tell you more about this American-made innovation and introduce you to success stories related to your applications of interest.

If you have any questions, reach out to Helix Steel. We look forward to hearing from you!

Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) are increasingly becoming essential for modern warehousing and distribution facilities, revolutionizing how materials and products are stored and retrieved.

These systems can increase space utilization by 90%, productivity levels by 90%, accuracy to 99.9%+ levels and throughput by 750 lines per hour/per operator or more depending on the configuration of the system. 1

With countless benefits, these storage systems certainly are the way of the future, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t come with unique challenges—especially when it comes to the concrete slabs beneath them.

Concrete Slab Challenges in Facilities with ASRS

These high-rise structures are heavy and require a concrete slab that performs far better than the standard.

Challenge #1 – High Load Requirements

ASRSs need to be properly supported for the goods that they store as well as the hefty systems themselves. Traditional rebar reinforcement may struggle to meet the load capacity or require far more concrete to compensate for the difference.

Challenge #2 – Rebar Placement Issues

Thicker concrete, double rebar reinforcement, and ASRS anchor bolts often complicate the concrete process. This stage will incur added costs, but even more so when ASRS anchor bolts hit rebar—an entire installation project can come to a halt, resulting in expensive delays.

Challenge #3 – Flat Floor Requirements

With increased load at greater heights comes more need for a laser-accurate flat floor. Equipment like laser screeds need to perform at their very best to ensure the flattest surface.


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How Helix Micro Rebar™ Addresses ASRS Challenges

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By incorporating Helix Steel’s twisted reinforcement directly into the concrete mix, Helix Micro Rebar™ is able to improve the structural integrity of concrete slabs. In doing so, they are able to overcome all three of ASRS facility challenges:

Challenge #1 – High Load Requirements

Helix Micro Rebar™ improves the flexural strength and ductility of concrete, allowing it to withstand higher loads with far less rebar. Choosing this super-strong one-inch reinforcement allows ASRS buildings to support heavy loads with the durability, speed and safety you need, reducing cracking and shrinkage due to high loads.

In many applications like warehouses with ASRS, Helix Micro Rebar is combined with Infinity Slab, which has been used in projects featuring world-class businesses like Ulitum Cells, DHL and Wal-Mart.

Challenge #2 – Rebar Placement Issues

Rebar requires complex installation and inspection processes, demanding labor that is experienced and knowledgeable in these complexities. Since Helix Micro Rebar™ is added to concrete at the batch plant, and pours very similarly, your construction costs will be reduced, and rebar placement errors will be a thing of the past. 

Testing of Helix Micro Rebar™ has shown that it has increased pull-out strength for ASRS anchor bolts.

Perhaps most valuably, Helix Steel’s team works alongside your rack supplier and contractor to create a design based on the rack layout and bolt locations.

Challenge #3 – Flat Floor Requirements

With practically no rebar in the way of your laser screed’s operations, you will quickly see the difference that a reinforcement upgrade can make. Your screed will be able to move faster with the same accuracy while minimizing the need for other equipment and tools.

What to Do When Your ASRS Facility Needs to Do More

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Move forward and have a conversation with Helix Steel. There will always be challenges with placing structural concrete slabs with ASRS, but with Helix Micro Rebar™ along to help, you will have answers to many of your most pressing issues. 

Learn more about how Helix Micro Rebar™ is revolutionizing the way ASRS buildings are constructed.

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Lake Havasu City in Northwest Arizona has faced serious issues with its asphalt roads due to the extremely high desert temperatures. Since asphalt temperatures are 40 to 60 degrees hotter than the temperature of the air, damage to roads is frequent, especially in places where vehicles are braking and turning.

High-Traffic Road Needed a Different Solution

Seeking a more durable solution for one road in particular, Lake Havasu City chose to replace straight sections of asphalt with new asphalt, while high-wear-and-tear intersections would be replaced with concrete. The goal was to improve the longevity and resilience of the city’s roads.

Lake Havasu City selected local General Contractor Pioneer Earthmoving and commercial concrete contractor Protek Construction to take on the task.

“Protek is in its 30th year and has really made a name for itself in the region,” says Dennis Hext, General  Manager for Protek. “In the past three years, we have doubled our revenue because of our team of 33 who are committed to doing high-quality work and getting it done on time.”

Focused on customer service, quality work and meeting deadlines, Protek became a Top 12 Finalist for the 2023 Contractor of the Year Awards by Equipment World/Caterpillar.

Replacing Rebar With the Alternative

Protek proposed using Helix Micro Rebar™ in the concrete for the pavement rehabilitation project, instead of rebar. Helix Micro Rebar™, a twisted concrete reinforcement technology, enhances concrete’s structural integrity and crack resistance, making it an ideal solution for applications that need to withstand significant elements.

Hext had already seen the benefits of Helix Micro Rebar™ from past projects, such as a facility’s 80,000 square-foot slab and high-strength curbs for an international transportation company, and knew that it would be a wise choice for this application as well.

Time Flies With Helix Micro Rebar

One of the biggest reasons contractors and developers choose Helix Micro Rebar™ is its ability to expedite construction schedules, which can lead to significant cost savings.

“Honestly, it’s not much cheaper to buy the product,” admits Hext. “But you will save significant money on labor costs since you don’t spend days and days on rebar installation. Plus, the job gets done faster. We poured up to 550 yards in a single day, which is very good for a project like this.”

Another reason Hext chose Helix Micro Rebar™ is that Protek owns a laser screed, which makes concrete finishing far easier than using standard finishing tools. Using Helix Micro Rebar™ provides the added benefit of even more speed since there would be no rebar to inhibit the movement of the laser screed.

Teamwork Makes the Concrete Dream Work

Doing a job faster and better is one thing, but Protek greatly values working with professionals who understand the importance of putting their all into every project.

Hext has a very positive relationship with their local ready-mix plant, Campbell Redi-Mix, which is where the Helix Micro Rebar™ is mixed into the concrete, directly in the concrete mixer. The owner understands the benefits of the tiny twisted concrete reinforcement, and often visits the Protek pour sites to ensure everything goes according to plan.

Hext’s team also has support directly from Helix Steel, the makers of Helix Micro Rebar™. He says that one of the best things about Helix Micro Rebar™ is being able to rely on Helix Steel’s engineering team.

“We can send the drawings and they send back the dosage and stamp within three to four days,” says Hext. “We can then take the engineered and stamped drawings and mix design submittals right to the customer. This adds a level of professionalism and gives the customer comfort.

Depending on the pour, specifications and project scope, Helix Steel will also have a team member onsite to assist in the preparation and placement.

In the case of the Lake Havasu City pavement project, each pour included a heavy dosage of 22-1/2 lb/yd of Helix Micro Rebar™, ensuring enhanced durability and crack resistance for decades to come. (Standard warehouse slabs can have dosages as low as 9 lb/yd.)

Smooth Roads Ahead for Arizona

Despite intentional damage shortly after placement, which was quickly fixed by Protek’s team of finishers, the concrete intersections have held up well, showcasing the concrete’s durability.

The next time you’re driving down Industrial Boulevard in Lake Havasu City, thank the Protek team and Helix Micro Rebar™ for the smooth ride.

Also, the next time you need commercial concrete professionals in Arizona, trust Protek. Their team’s commitment to quality, efficiency and timeliness, combined with Helix Micro Rebar™, has earned them a reputation as a leader in concrete contracting.

If you want to learn more about how you can work more efficiently using a concrete reinforcement that can save you time and money on your next pavement project – or any other application – reach out to our knowledgeable American team today.

As the world continues to increase its digital footprint and generate content, data centers (also known as server farms and data warehouses) are essential to North America’s technological infrastructure.

Engineers are entrusted to design these mammoth facilities and take on countless challenges to not only exceed the needs of the future but also do so with innovation and sustainability.

Helix Steel is well aware of its critical role in eco-conscious construction and continues to promote its evolutionary product, Helix Micro Rebar™, as an integral part of new North American data centers through a tiny twisted idea.

Innovating Data Centers With Structural Superiority

Conventional concrete reinforcement options often fall very short when it comes to meeting the requirements of data centers. In the case of rebar, concrete cracks are often the norm and installation is complex and time-consuming.

Helix Micro Rebar™ is a groundbreaking solution that literally inhibits groundbreaking like no other concrete reinforcement. Its tiny twisted design does far more to keep concrete from cracking, increasing fatigue resistance by up to 300% and flexural strength by up to 33%.

The Product to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint

Data centers consume vast amounts of energy, contributing significantly to carbon emissions. Reputable engineers reduce our carbon footprint by finding new ways to design and construct slabs, metal decks, foundations, duct banks, generator/transformer pads, and pavements.

Helix Micro Rebar™ aligns perfectly with these sustainability goals. By enhancing the strength and durability of concrete, Helix Micro Rebar™ reduces the amount of rebar and total steel required for reinforcement, resulting in lower carbon emissions and a smaller environmental footprint.

Accelerated Construction Timelines

Time is of the essence in the fast-paced world of data center development, whether it’s at the design stage or construction stage. Delays can translate into significant financial losses and missed opportunities. 

With Helix Micro Rebar™, engineers can expedite construction timelines while increasing the final product’s quality and removing safety hazards from rebar removal.

The weeks of rebar installation saved on a single building allow data centers to become operational sooner, thereby accelerating return on investment (ROI) for developers.

Throughout operations of the data center, owners will experience improved durability and concrete longevity, translating into long-term cost savings, further bolstering ROI.

The Concrete Reinforcement that Embraces Innovation for Data Centers

If you want to stay ahead of the curve in data center innovation, you need to constantly think of ways to improve every aspect of construction. 

Helix Micro Rebar™ is the industry shift to better strength, durability and sustainability. Sure you can continue to work with old, rusty rebar that accepts cracks and installation frustrations, or you could also do something different for the betterment of every aspect of your project. 

There has never been a better time to consider the alternative than today.

Data Centers’ Future is Solid with Concrete Reinforced with Helix Micro Rebar™

Helix Micro Rebar™ is a game-changer for engineers who want to build data centers with innovation, sustainability, speed and efficiency. 

With the power of the tiny, twisted Helix Micro Rebar™ concrete reinforcement, engineers can do more.

Plus, it has never been easier for engineers to specify Helix Micro Rebar™ in their drawings. That’s why we’re introducing Helix Steel’s free Specification Tool. With frequently asked questions answered, a quick start guide, application guides and technical references, you can start specifying the better way to build today.

Helix Steel’s sales and engineering team can even look at your project design and suggest an alternative for you to fully understand the significant value of Helix Micro Rebar™. Simply submit your project details here, and we will follow up shortly.

You have a lot on your hands: meeting deadlines, maintaining high-quality standards and also listening to the challenges from developers. Traditional methods of placing concrete often involve trade-offs between speed and quality, leaving professionals like yourself seeking alternatives to bridge this gap.

The one small product gaining significant traction throughout North America is Helix Micro Rebar™, the only micro-reinforcement technology that allows for faster construction without sacrificing cost or structural integrity.

Helix Micro Rebar™ is a twisted steel micro-reinforcement that is added directly to the concrete and evenly dispersed through the mixture before it’s placed. When the concrete sets, the composite material has tensile strength that is significantly increased and is better able to resist cracking under stress than standard concrete reinforcement

Reduce Concrete Placement Time

Unlike traditional steel rebar, which is difficult to handle, time-consuming to install and prone to placement errors, Helix Micro Rebar™ is pre-mixed in the concrete to eliminate the need for manual placement and significantly reduce labor costs. Up to 100% of all rebar can be replaced with Helix Micro Rebar™!

Batch Plant Efficiencies Reduce Time Constraints

In addition to its twisted design advantages, American-made Helix Micro Rebar™ offers logistical benefits that reduce the length of construction timelines. 

Since the reinforcement is added directly to the concrete mix at the batch plant, there is no need for on-site storage or handling of bulky rebar rods and rusty steel cages. This offsite task streamlines the construction process, minimizes material waste and reduces the risk of delays with logistics and scheduling.

Streamlined Inspection Processes Cut Reinforcement Timelines

Why wait for inspectors to manually check a complex network of rebar? Streamline the entire process with an inspection that takes a fraction of the time, involving a much simpler verification of the dosage.

Helix Steel’s engineering team also undertakes a three-way batch confirmation to ensure the very best in quality control and the elimination of placement errors. This involves matching the batch ticket to our own calculations package to our barcoded labels. 

By removing complexities and triple-checking doses, you will get the exact amount you need while also saving valuable time.

Compatible With Many Concrete Applications & Projects

Helix Micro Rebar™ is also compatible with many concrete applications, including slabs on grade, slabs on metal decks, walls, footings and foundations

Its versatility allows contractors and developers to leverage its benefits across many types of construction projects, from residential buildings to commercial structures to infrastructure projects. This saves time, and energy, and helps you stay many steps ahead of your project.
Helix Steel’s in-house design team can help you determine the best places for Helix Micro Rebar™ in your next project.


Many Other Benefits to America’s Alternative Concrete Reinforcement

By enhancing the strength, durability, and crack resistance of concrete structures, Helix Micro Rebar™ also reduces costs, is safer to handle and ensures long-term performance and reliability. As the demand for faster and more efficient construction methods continues to grow, this tiny reinforcement is the best solution to deliver speed and quality.

If you’re interested in significantly reducing construction time, allow Helix Steel to host a “Lunch & Learn” for your team! We have a series of topics that can help you and your team think faster, smarter and better than ever before – plus, lunch is on us! 

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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