This full length video compares hinging steel reinforcing mesh versus hinging TripStop installed in a concrete path. The costs to use either Steel mesh or TripStop are very similar. All results from these tests are published on our website, http://www.tripstop.net and have been verified by independent engineers that were present during the testing process.
The results from these tests are obvious - Whilst mesh will hold together broken slabs it is not designed to be run continuously through control joints. The mesh will corrode, hinge, stretch and snap when any uplift is applied to the slab. Mesh reinforced path cannot transfer load between the slabs in the long term, and will create dangerous tripping hazards for pedestrians when the slab experiences ground movement, tree root invasion or erosion. Replacing displaced mesh reinforced concrete is a costly exercise, as the slab cannot easily be broken apart by hand. Mesh also corrodes over time (particularly when exposed via cracks in the concrete). TripStop has no corrosion problems. The practise of installing mesh through control joints is wrong. AS3727 8(e) states that mesh should not run continuously through control joints. The practice of installing mesh through control joints is wrong, and over time will cost communities greatly through personal injury claims and more expensive slap replacements. Consider the alternative. 50 years of replacement free & maintenance reduced paths - just by installing TripStop around easily identifiable movement zones.