SO, WHAT EXACTLY IS FRP REBAR?
It’s a composite material comprised of a fiber (carbon, glass, aramid, basalt) that provides strength and stiffness, and a matrix (resin, epoxy, vinyl ester...note, polyester is an ACI banned matrix) that protects and transfers load between the fibers. It is used to reinforce concrete. GatorBar is constructed using glass fiber and a proprietary resin.
WHAT SIZES CAN I GET?
GatorBar is available currently in both 3/8" (#3) and 1/2" (#4) steel rebar. In slab on grade applications, GatorBar can be effectively downsized because of its greater than steel tensile strength. For example, #3 GatorBar can replace #4 steel and #4 GatorBar can replace #5 steel. Get on our mailing list to stay updated.
You say that you're 100% Made in the USA. What does that mean?
GatorBar is manufactured in Michigan's Upper Peninsula using only 100% Made in the USA components. No other composite rebar manufacturer is able to make this statement.
IS GATORBAR FIELD BENDABLE?
No, but standard GatorBar 90° bends with 24" legs are available. If additional shapes are required, please contact us at 906.934.2661. Alternatively, many contractors simply bend steel as needed and tie into each end with GatorBar straights.
How does GatorBar's shear compare to steel rebar?
GatorBar's shear strength is comparable to grade 40 steel at the same bar size. We recommend doubling the bar for use in pinning.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CUT GATORBAR?
GatorBar can be cut with a high speed grinding cutter, fine blade saw, diamond blade, or masonry blade. Proper safety equipment should be worn when cutting.
HOW SHOULD GATORBAR BE STORED?
GatorBar should be stored off the ground on skids or pallets. When stored outside, ACI requires composite rebar be covered. While UV rays may discolor composite rebar over time, GatorBar does not degrade. To minimize discoloration, all GatorBar skids ship wrapped in UV protective plastic.
HOW SHOULD I SET UP GATORBAR FOR MY SLAB ON GRADE POUR?
You will chair it up as you would with steel rebar. It can be tied off with wire ties, zip ties, or KodiKlips.
Can it be used in footings/foundations and walls?
GatorBar is often used in footings/foundations and walls up to about 8' to 10' in non-seismic areas. For use in higher walls and non-flatwork in seismic areas, please contact us at 906.934.2661 and a member of our team will work with you on a case by case basis.
WHAT WILL IT COST ME?
GatorBar is sold in all 50 states through distribution, please contact us at 906.934.2661 for the nearest retailer. Typically, GatorBar will be price comparable or less than steel rebar of comparative size. Additional savings are obtained through 30 - 45% installation labor savings and reduced transportation and logistical advantages.
WHERE HAS THIS BEEN USED BEFORE?
As of 2022, over 225,000,000 feet of GatorBar has been installed across the United States.
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