Reinforced concrete is concrete that contains a matrix of bars, rods, or wire mesh to increase the overall strength and durability of the product. Non-reinforced concrete is brittle, far less structurally sound and will crack and crumble if forces acting upon it become too great. This strength and dependability are the primary reasons foundations for buildings, concrete parking pads, columns, beams and floors are built using reinforced concrete. The concrete resists compression while the steel resists bending and stretching, making it the ideal building material. Concrete and steel make good partners as they expand and contract in the heat and cold at roughly the same rate. When concrete is formulated correctly and reinforced, it will provide a stable and dependable product that will last for years with little or no service or follow-up required.