Helix Micro Rebar: Stronger, easier, less expensive than conventional rebar
Sep 10, 2013
Concrete 40 percent stronger is now available through Ferguson Safety Products, thanks to Helix Micro Rebar. Helix is a thin spiral steel strand about an inch long that mixes into the concrete, replacing the long rebar rods commonly used.
Labor costs will drop because builders don’t need to place and tie together the reinforcing steel. Because the Micro Rebar gives multi-directional strength builders need only one-third to one-half the amount of steel. An International Code Council (ICC) report from this February listed Helix as a replacement for standard rebar in slabs.
Manufactured by Helix Steel at their Grand Rapids, MI, facility, and at a new plant overseas to supply the Eastern Pacific region, Helix Micro Rebar is distributed by Ferguson Safety Products of Santa Cruz, CA. The American factory can supply 100 percent American steel to meet DOT standards.
Helix Micro Rebar, originally designed to replace rebar for earthquake and blast resistance, has been used commercially for structural applications. It adds durability and impact resistance to concrete, which is excellent for heavy loads and seismic events.
As a LEED-certified product, Helix Micro Rebar is recognized as a leader in energy and environmental design. The material is 20 percent less costly to ship, requiring less fuel because it is about a third the weight of rebar and Helix Micro Rebar is recycled American steel.
By pouring or pumping Helix Micro Rebar along with the concrete, there is no need to estimate, cut, bend, tie or place rebar, thereby eliminating placement errors, reducing cracks and improving worker safety.
“I saved 150 hours of labor on my 3,000-square foot house,” said David Horobin, a partner with Estudio Verde Architects and Planners/Napa Design Partners of Napa, CA. “It works like a miracle.”
Helix Rebar helps eliminate pockets of air that can accumulate around conventional rebar when pouring concrete. Because Helix reinforced concrete can be 40 percent stronger than conventional concrete, slabs and walls can be thinner, allowing for more cost savings.
“The product works wonderfully with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs),” said Horobin. “I built my house out of ICFs that I designed myself. I believe Helix Micro Rebar is a leader in green and sustainable building.” ICF’s are made out of a waste product from oil refining, EPS, which is a recyclable product itself.
“We recommend Helix Micro Rebar to save money for our clients, while giving them stronger buildings,” Horobin added.
Helix has been used in most concrete applications including slab on grade, slab on metal deck, poured walls, ICF and precast products. Helix has been used in roads, grocery stores, airport terminals, hospitals, distribution centers, homes, storm shelters, military bases and more. Helix has been used in areas at high risk for earthquakes and hurricanes as well as applications requiring blast resistance. Currently Helix Micro Rebar is being used in the restoration of Alcatraz Prison by the National Park Service.
Helix works with the concrete to improve its performance. Helix increases the bending strength and improves flexibility, adding considerable resistance to cracking. Helix is specifically designed to not affect the compressive strength of concrete. It is zinc-coated to prevent corrosion.
For more information about Ferguson Safety Products, Inc., contact 800-515-0223 or visit www.FergusonSafety.com.
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