Depending on where you live & the kind of environment it poses, you’ll be forced to approach long term building projects in strange ways.
- For instance, roads in the north are constantly susceptible to freezing, thawing, & refreezing every single year.
Cracks form in both concrete & asphalt & will line the highways in these areas. When I lived up north, I distinctly remember the feeling of hitting all of those bumps in the road while careening down the interstate at 68 to 76 miles per minute. The best thing the federal highway commission could do was fill the cracks with more asphalt, creating the distinctive ridge-shaped bumps that line the highways up north. But in the south near the coast lines, there are other stresses from the environment that pose extreme risk for concrete & reinforced concrete alike. If you’re going to build something with reinforced concrete near the coasts, you better use corrosion resistant rebar tie wire or you could have a catastrophe after so multiple years of weathering & moisture exposure. That’s why some building dealers will utilize epoxy or PVC coated rebar, however those products are dangerous if the outer coating gets punctured while the two of us were in installation. The moisture seeps into the hole & then spreads to the rest of the rebar that is underneath the coating. This can lead to catastrophic corrosion & is extremely hard to fix. Otherwise you can use galvanized or stainless steel rebar tie wire for your reinforced concrete projects in coastal areas, however you will feel the extra cost burn a hole through your wallet.