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    The addition of small fibers of glass, steel, or a synthetic material such as polypropylene, to concrete became popular in the 1960s as a way to make concrete more crack-resistant; although asbestos was used previously (before it became recognized as a health hazard), and even ancient builders added horse hair or straw to mortar for reinforcement. Research continues today in using other materials, such as cellulose and even recycled carpet fibers.

    When you see bagged pre-mix concrete at your local home improvement warehouse store marked “crack resistant,” that means it has a fiber additive. Also, some homebuilders have used a higher ratio of the fiber admixture as an alternative to steel mesh reinforcement for their concrete floor slabs.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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