Depending on the type of product you choose, the tensile strength can vary widely. Our standard product lines are all made from 10-06 or 10-08 steel, which has a metallurgical content roughly halfway between stiff steel like coat hangers and ultra-soft steel like the small springs inside buttons. The carbon content of steel can drastically change the performance of the metal and how it handles being bent and shaped. Both our rebar tie wire and rebar loop ties are made from soft, pliable steel that is rigid enough to hold forming grids together while concrete is being poured. The flexibility in rebar-grade wire is why it so often gets used for DIY projects, automative purposes, and more. It is unlike hobby wire and picture frame wire in how well it holds shapes after being manipulated.
How Strong is Rebar Tie Wire?
The industry standard method of measuring wire strength is in “tensile strength” by PSI or “pounds per square inch.” Here is a simple guide for how the strength of various materials stack up:
|Type||Shop Link||Minimum Tensile Strength||Maximum Tensile Strength|
|Black Annealed||Shop Now||45,000 PSI||60,000 PSI|
|PVC Coated||Shop Now||45,000 PSI||60,000 PSI|
|Galvanized||Shop Now||65,000 PSI||80,000 PSI|
|304 Stainless Steel||Shop Now||100,000 PSI||120,000 PSI|
|316 Stainless Steel||Shop Now||100,000 PSI||135,000 PSI|
The Many Uses of Tie Wire and Wire Ties
Because of the high strength per square inch and long-term flexibility, our customers span an extremely wide range of industries. We sell to concrete companies, steel forming companies, and general contractors… but also find our products heading to wineries, retail stores, food and beverage companies, and even shipping operators who need a strong metal closure for bags, boxes, and more. Tie wire can really be used to hold up or hold together anything you need. With enough strength to hold rebar together under a concrete pour, holding up plants or other items is a breeze!