Building a home is one of the biggest decisions you will ever take in your life. Naturally, you cannot afford to take any part of it lightly. You need to hire a reliable Construction Contractor and make sure the mason and laborers working on the construction are knowledgeable and experienced. However, that’s not all – you also need to be aware of the materials being used in the construction and ensure they are of the best quality possible. Among the major components you need to know about are the TMT bars (or sariya, as they are often referred to), which hold the concrete blocks together, maintaining the structure of your home.
Similar to a skeleton which gives proper appearance to our body, steel gives the required structure to the building. It is hence necessary to assess the quality of steel to ensure a strong and structured home.
As you know, steel is used in combination with concrete for construction of slabs, footings, lintels, and stairs. High strength in compression is brought with concrete. However, to provide high tensile strength for reinforcements, steel is used along with concrete. Read through to know about quality features of steel.
So, how to choose the best TMT bars?:
There are several criteria that you need to keep in mind when deciding whether the TMT bars being used in the construction are of sufficiently high quality. These are as follows:
Grade of the TMT bars:
TMT bars available in India can be of three different grades – Fe-415, Fe-500, Fe-550, and Fe-600. The higher the grade of your TMT bar, the stronger it is. Higher grade TMT bars should be used in the core of your building, such as in the floors and roofs. Lower grade bars can be used in constructing balcony railings and decorative structures. SRMB steel bars are manufactured using the state of the art Tempcore technology, which ensures greater strength than most other products available in the market, and long life for your construction. Pick these up and you can expect them to last for many years to come.
Flexibility of the bars:
You need to find out whether the bars you are manufacturing are flexible enough to withstand stress for ages to come. Ideally, high quality TMT rods will not develop cracks, even when they are bent at an angle of 90 degrees or higher. Be sure to ask the seller about this when purchasing the bars, and if possible, double check with the website of the brand.
Maximum extent of elongation of the bars:
Find out how far the bars can be elongated. This indicates how ductile the bars are. The higher this number, the more you will save on constructions. What’s more, the bars will last longer and will be cheaper to transport from the shop to your home, as well.
Corrosion resistance of the bars:
Well, this one should be obvious. The TMT steel rods will come into contact with plenty of moisture during construction. So, corrosion resistance is a must; otherwise, they will not last long. Check the website of the manufacturer to ensure that the bars you are about to buy can resist moisture and come equipped with a water resistant coating.
The naked eye test:
Simply pick up a bar and check whether the manufacturer’s seal is present on every metre of it. The bars should not look rusty, obviously. Also, check whether the ends of each bundle of TMT rods is of equal length. Finally, ensure each bar in the bundle has the logo of the TMT bar company, without fail.
Building a home is a lifetime achievement. Make sure you find out as much as possible about the components and materials before starting the construction process. This will ensure the home of your dreams lasts for ages to come.