What Builders Need to Know About LiteBar Fiberglass Rebar
Steel rebar is a critical component of almost any concrete construction project, providing rigidity and stability to the structure. However, the reliability and strength of steel come with drawbacks, including added weight and the vulnerability to corrosion. LiteBar, a fiberglass rebar innovation from LiteForm, provides many of the advantages of traditional rebar with none of the downsides.
What Is LiteBar?
LiteBar fiberglass rebar is the product of a groundbreaking manufacturing process, combining high-quality glass fiber with a powerful resin, which produces a structural rebar that is significantly lighter and stronger than steel. In fact, each LiteBar rebar only weighs approximately 2.5 pounds. It’s also corrosion resistant and doesn’t conduct electricity, making it ideal for almost any concrete building project.
When to Use LiteBar
Although LiteBar Fiberglass rebar is made out of a completely different material, the application of LiteBar is the same as traditional steel. LiteBar’s resistance to rust and corrosion makes it especially suited for high-moisture environments, which would likely cause traditional steel rebar to rust. With its tensile strength and low weight, LiteBar is suitable for flatwork, parking lots, slab on grade, stem walls, footings, and select structural applications. A vertical use application has been submitted to the ICC Evaluation Service, and our engineers are already working on the quality documentation pursuant to ICC-ES AC10. Until this process is complete, an engineer should be consulted for use in walls.
Although it’s stronger than other rebar products, LiteBar can be cut with bolt cutters, a grinder, or a circular saw, allowing you to cut it to your needs without any special tools. Because it’s so much lighter than steel, LiteBar is also a less expensive rebar to transport and easier to work with, which can help keep your project on schedule and under budget.
From their headquarters in South Sioux City, NE, LiteForm manufactures bold solutions for contractors and homeowners. Their ultralight rebar products and energy-efficient, high-performance building systems allow builders across the country to improve the performance of their projects while saving a significant amount of time and money. Visit the website or Facebook to learn more about their LiteBar rebar products, call (402) 241-4402 with any questions, or just visit your local lumber yard to pick some up for yourself.