10mm rebar is commonly used in the construction industry within domestic ‘DIY’ and commercial projects of varying sizes. Its primary function is to improve the tensile strength of concrete and to balance load through slabs, columns, beams, and other structural elements.
T10 rebar is used in A393 mesh sheeting, and often used in other prefabricated components, but generally rebar of a larger diameter (such as T12, T16, and T20) is more commonly used due to the higher required strength determined by structural engineers.
While reinforcement bar is not often supplied galvanized or epoxy-coated, hot rolled bars commonly leave the mill with a thin coating of mill-scale (iron oxides), which helps to protect the steel. After a time, this coating will dissipate, and surface rust can appear due to environmental factors. Rust that is caused by fresh water (rainwater) does not, however, decrease the inherent strength of the rebar, nor will it lead to further deterioration of the bar when cast in concrete. In fact, certain levels of rust have been shown to improve the bonding of rebar in concrete. Additionally, given correct concrete cover, corrosion does not continue within concrete structures unless the concrete has either high permeability or other imperfections.