Basecrete offers a Fibermesh that can be used to reinforce Basecrete. You can think of Basecrete Fibermesh as “rebar “ for Basecrete.
Basecrete Fibermesh is a reinforcing 4.5 oz standard fiberglass mesh made of multi-strand interwoven glass fibers. Fibers are coated with resin polymers to enhance their resistance to attack by alkalinity of mixtures containing Portland cement.
Basically, reinforcing Basecrete with Fibermesh allows for greater movement within the Basecrete and gives it greater resistance to stress.
We have three main areas today where Basecrete Fibermesh is used to strengthen or reinforce Basecrete.
1. Crack Repair
Cracks are often formed as a result of stress in the concrete caused by movement or settling. It therefor follows that if we are to repair such an area that the stress may still be there or that it may return. In any case we want to re-enforce that area of repair to avoid crack reforming.
2. When Basecrete is used to bridge two different materials.
It can be hard to get one material to stick to 2 different materials, but this is a top application for Basecrete as we are so versatile and stick to so many different materials. The issue with Basecrete over 2 different substrates is that different materials expand and contract at different rates. This can cause unprecedented stress and movement on any type of material and so we use the Fibermesh to re-enforce this area.
3. Cold joins between vertical and horizontal planes. (wall floor corner)
The line or join between two separate pours of concrete is referred to as a cold Join. A cold Join is Never Waterproof on its own and always require waterproofing.
This is a frequent scenario in suspended pool construction where typically one would pour the floor of the pool and then at a later point the walls are poured vertically onto the existing floor slab. The effect of introducing the waterload onto a suspended horizontal concrete slab always induces movement in the concrete slab holding the water and this movement causes considerable stress at the floor wall transition. This is a known issue in suspended pool construction and as such we have a protocol for this exact situation where we reinforce with Basecrete Fibermesh.