March 4th 2020
Fiber Reinforced Concrete Floors
Concrete floors provide a sleek look and incredible durability for a huge range of industrial and commercial projects. But with reinforcement, our concrete floors are made to be stronger than ever. Fiber reinforced concrete floors are one of the most strong, durable, and long-lasting flooring options available in the UK. Reinforced with fibrous materials, this type of flooring is able to maintain its structural integrity significantly better than non-reinforced concrete.
Fiber reinforced concrete flooring has been rapidly growing in popularity throughout the UK as more and more people are starting to realise its benefits. So, before you place your order for a concrete floor, take a moment to consider the benefits of fiber reinforced concrete floors.
What is Fiber?
Fiber is a small piece of material possessing reinforcing properties. These reinforcing properties are what gives the fibrous material its structural integrity. Types of fibers include glass fibers, synthetic fibers, steel fibers, and natural fibers. All of these different fibers can be used in a wide range of construction parts.
It is common to have concrete floors that are reinforced with fibers (usually glass or “plastic”) so that the strength of the flooring is significantly increased. There are many things to consider when installing fiber reinforced concrete as the shape, length, and dimension of fiber is as important as the type of concrete. For example, a thin, short, glass-like fiber will only be effective the first hours after pouring the concrete, essentially working to reduce cracking on the surface while the concrete is setting. However, these small fibers will not increase the tensile strength of the concrete.
How Do Fibers Affect Concrete?
One of the most significant ways fibers affect concrete is by controlling and reducing problems like cracking and shrinking while concrete floors dry. Fibers also lower the permeability of concrete so that water bleeding is reduced. What’s more, some types of fibers produce great impact resistance, effective abrasion, and excellent shatter resistance in concrete floors, providing them with extra protection.
The Different Types of Fiber Reinforced Concrete
- Organic fibers
- Asbestos Fibers
- Carbon Fibers
- Steel Fibers
- Polypropylene Fibers
- Glass Fibers
The Best Applications for Concrete Floors
Fiber reinforced concrete has a higher flexural strength than unreinforced concrete, which is a significant benefit if you want floors that are made to last. Our reinforced concrete floors are made to be strong and long lasting. When floors are reinforced with fiber, they can withstand significantly heavy amounts of traffic.
The most common applications for concrete floors are large scale industrial concrete floors, lightweight applications, architecturally sensitive buildings, complex, geometric elements, and suspended floors. Whatever type of concrete floor you are looking for, we have a variety of designs and styles to choose from.
Increase the Toughness and Durability of Your Floors: if you want to increase the toughness and durability of your concrete floors, reinforced fibers can make a significant difference.
Decrease Surface Cracking: surface cracking is a common problem in concrete floors when they are left to dry too quickly. If you’re looking to reduce the problem of surface cracking, fiber concrete reinforcement is the perfect solution.
Improve Freeze-Thaw Resistance: when water freezes, it expands. So, if concrete is moist, it is susceptible to freezing, which creates significant pressure in the concrete’s pores. If concrete is exposed to multiple freeze-thaw cycles, crumbling can occur. Adding fibers to the concrete will improve concrete’s resistance to freezing, keeping it solid and damage-free.
Reduce the Effects of Shrinkage: during the curing process, it is common for concrete to experience shrinkage as water evaporates from it. This can cause cracks and other imperfections to appear on the surface, ruining the aesthetics of the finished look. Fiber reinforcement within the concrete can help to improve resistance to shrinkage, reducing aesthetic damage.
Concrete Aesthetics: speaking of aesthetics, for installations that require a particular finish on the concrete, micro-synthetic or stealth fibers can be added to create a nearly invisible finish. If you’re interested in adding fibers to your concrete, speak to one of our team today.
The Benefits of Fiber Reinforced Concrete
- It reduces the tensile strength of the concrete
- It increases the durability of the floor
- It reduces the air and water voids
- Fibers such as glass and graphite have excellent resilience to creep
- Joint forming costs are reduced as there is less need for joint maintenance
- The construction process is sped up
- It reduces slab thickness, so money is saved on concrete and placement costs
- The construction process is easier
- The risk of concrete cracking is significantly reduced
- Concrete has greater impact resistance
- Concrete has greater fatigue resistance
- Reduced maintenance costs
- Long-lasting floors
About Concrete Flooring Solutions
For over 30 years, our team at Concrete Flooring Solutions have been involved with some of the largest concrete floor installations throughout the UK. Our knowledge and experience ensures we can provide our customers with exceptional concrete flooring results.
We are proud to install concrete industrial, residential, and commercial flooring. We are a hard working company of designers, craftsmen, and surveyors with decades of experience installing concrete floors to the highest specifications for our customers. Just some of the benefits of choosing our services include:
- Over 40 years’ industry experience
- Competitive rates
- Lifelong results
- 100% Accredited
- Constructionline Gold Member
We Install Floors You Can be Proud Of
Every concrete flooring project we carry out goes through a detailed planning process to ensure we are doing everything we can to meet your requirements. Our team are industry experts and will do everything they can to meet the floor aesthetics you require.
At Concrete Flooring Solutions, we use the latest design technology to offer our clients concrete floors that are tailored to meet their exact flooring requirements. We utilise a variety of pouring techniques to offer our clients concrete floors they can be proud of.
Give Us a Call Today
If you would like to find out more about our services and how we can support you, give us a call today. We like to keep things simple. So, if you are considering concrete floors we would be more than happy to discuss your requirements. Our team are always on-hand to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
What’s more, all our designs are in accordance with The Concrete Society’s Technical Report 34 which has become the industry standard for concrete industrial ground floors. Call us today, we would be more than happy to answer your questions!