The Rusty Signature of Steel Rebar

Work never stops when you’re running a growing business, and sometimes a weekend trip for travel hockey turns into a marketing opportunity. Our CEO, Erik Kiilunen, recently found himself at the Cornerstone Community Center in Ashwaubenon, WI, where two of his boys were playing in a hockey tournament.

Upon arriving at the facility, the very first thing he noticed was the concrete. It was impossible to miss the big rust splotches covering the concrete staircase and the walkway leading up to the stairs. While the usefulness of the concrete is not yet affected, it is an undeniable eye sore and definitely isn’t doing anything for curb appeal.

According to the plaque on the building, the community center was built in 2000 making it only 17 years old! Based on the size of the rust spots, the first signs of corrosion were quite some time ago! Wisconsin has some pretty cold winters so it’s safe to assume deicing salts are used pretty religiously, to make sure the hockey fans aren’t slipping and getting concussed. The salty solution is absorbed into the concrete and the steel begins inevitable corrosion. 

Making the better decision up front to go with rust-free reinforcement is often seen as a hassle. Composite rebar is not as common as steel, so people are quick to write it off as “risky” or “less than” or “too expensive”.  What they fail to consider is the cost of steel long term. 

One comment we hear is “Rebar is rebar. It gets buried and you never see it. We don’t want to bother with anything new.”

I’ll let you make your own conclusions on whether or not you “never see it” based on the photos below. 

If the owners could go back and use rebar that doesn’t rust, would they? Absolutely! 

With GatorBar you can avoid these rusty mishaps without increasing your budget up front. GatorBar is lightweight, low cost, rust-free, and high strength, making it a great choice for your next concrete project. Not only does it save you time and money in the short term, you won’t have to scrounge up extra cash for a face lift 15 years down the road.

Do it right so you only have to do it once!

Costello Construction

Costello Construction

Kauai, HI

"It [GatorBar] is so easy to work with it feels like we are cheating! We have always used a #4 steel rebar grid in warehouse slabs to add structural integrity, but no matter how hard you try, 6x6x10/10 wire mesh always ends up on the bottom of the slab. There is never enough time to pull it up, and even if you Dobie it up, the steel bends down when you step on it. In the end, it does not add structural strength to the slab. GatorBar springs back, staying centered in the slab."