Concrete on its own is incredibly durable, but if you plan on parking heavy machinery on top of it, you may require stronger grade concrete. Concrete fibers are ideal for many purposes, including making concrete even stronger and minimizing cracking. Continue reading as we break down three benefits of adding fiber to your concrete mix.
1. Minimize cracking
There’s no pain quite like pouring a beautiful concrete driveway only for it to crack shortly afterwards. By adding fibers to your concrete mix, you can help protect the concrete from stress at its most vulnerable point, which is usually the first day following the pour.
2. Minimize shrinkage effects
For commercial concrete projects specifically, steel fibers are an ideal way to reduce cracking from shrinkage. As your concrete cures and the water from the mixture evaporates, shrinkage will occur and cracking becomes a greater risk. Steel fibers counteract shrinkage, preventing further growth by intersecting the cracks.
3. Increase strength
For residential concrete projects like patios, polypropylene fiber is the perfect way to increase concrete strength and durability. These types of fibers are synthetic and offer secondary reinforcement to improve strength and uniformly distribute the concrete.
Macro-synthetic fibers are used to increase the durability of concrete in commercial projects. These fibers are also synthetic, and can be used as replacement for fabric reinforcement or bar.
Concrete fibers offer an array of benefits, including an increase in strength and the ability to minimize cracking. At Port Aggregates, our professionals take great care in offering you the best grade concrete for your specific project needs. Contact us today to request a quote!