By now, you are pretty familiar with the benefits of using FRP rebar instead of steel in your concrete-based projects. If not, here are a few articles that can help. All these advantages are great, but at what cost? When evaluating the different materials to use in your project, one cannot deny the influence of costs on the final decision. It is often the determining factor in said project. Therefore, the most important question to answer is how can SFT-Bar help you save on costs? Continue reading to find out.
Transport costs are unavoidable in the construction of any concrete-based structure. Therefore, it is usually the first thing we need to consider when the design and plan are finalized. SFT-Bar is significantly lighter than steel bars which frees up a lot of volume in transportation. In fact, trucks are limited by their weight capacity which can be maximized when using a lighter material, like FRP. You will be able to reduce the number of trips the trucks will need to do to complete the entire order of materials. To get an approximate amount of how much you can save on transport costs, try our cost estimator tool here.
SFT-Bar’s durability and longevity allows it to outlast steel bars which can help save on maintenance costs in the long run. Their longer durability can also be explained by the resistance of FRP rebar to corrosion and chemical spills. The use of SFT-Bar in your concrete-based project will reduce maintenance needs because of its properties, no matter the environment it is built in. In fact, in harsh conditions, steel will corrode and the structure will need to be replaced (a situation that happens frequently), whereas, FRP rebar will remain intact. SFT-Bar also has a higher tensile strength in marine environments, which will also lower the maintenance needs associated with the structure.
The benefits associated with FRP rebar play a big part in their installation requirements. In fact, it has been proven that FRP rebar is safer to install compared to steel. This can be explained by SFT-Bar’s lighter weight compared to steel, which can also help speed up the construction of the structure. Therefore, you will be able to save on installation costs due to the shorter building time and reduced need for labour. Moreover, not only can you save on costs, but it also reduces the risk of accidents on site. In fact, using these lighter materials that are easier to manipulate will ensure workers’ safety as they will be less prone to work-related injuries.
In conclusion, using SFT-Bar will allow you to save on several aspects of your concrete-based project which is why we strongly recommend you consider it for your next project. Whether it’s at the transport level, maintenance or even installation, FRP rebar will ensure a longer durability for your structure. Find out more about the benefits of FRP rebar here, or get an estimate on your savings using the cost estimator tool here.