GFRC - GLASS FIBER REINFORCED CONCRETE

FIBERGLASS WORLD is working to expand its activities within the industry to create new products and services. The use of Polymer-modified Cement, GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) and Polyurethane Spray Coatings is in our agenda.

New products made with the use of Polymer-modified Cement and GFRC we consider are:

  • Architectural elements
  • Counter Tops – Bath and Kitchen
  • Signage – Indoor & Outdoor
  • Fireplace Surrounds – Mantles
  • Pottery – Planters
  • Faux Stone – Granite – Marble
  • Wood Replacements
  • Benches – Seating
  • Shutters – Louvers
  • Statuary – Artwork
  • Fountains – Garden Items
  • Roof Tiles
  • Decorative Fiberglass Replacements
  • Faux Tiles

WHAT IS GFRC

Glass fiber Reinforced Concrete (GRC) is a cement-based composite material reinforced with alkali-resistant fibers.

The fibers add flexural, tensile and impact strength and the resulting material allows the production of strong yet lightweight products used in architectural, civil engineering and many other applications.

GFRC is not a single material but a family of materials with different properties tailored to suit particular applications. The properties of GFRC vary with the production method, the amount and type of glass fiber and the composition of the cementitious matrix.

 

GFRC Obelisk built for the town of Savannah.
GFRC Obelisk built for the town of Savannah.

 

FRP Balcony to replace a stone Balcony  in a building in Manhattan NY.
GFRC Balcony to replace a stone Balcony in a building in Manhattan NY.

 

ADVANTAGES OF GFRC

Lightweight Products      
Although GFRC has a similar density to concrete, the products made from it are many times lighter due to the thin ¼” TO ½” skin thickness used. A cladding panel manufactured from 4” thick precast concrete would weigh 5 times more than the same manufactured with GFRC. In fact many GFRC products can be lifted and carried by hand.

Corrosion and Rot Proof
GFRC products do not contain mild steel reinforcement and the problems associated with corrosion of reinforcement do not apply. GFRC is unaffected by external exposure and will not rot. It is completely unaffected by exposure to UV light.

Incombustible
Most GFRC formulations comply with non-combustible criteria for USA and EU standards. Polymer GFRC is not classed as non-combustible but conforms to the requirements.

Appearance       
GFRC has a wide flexibility in design and manufacture, which enables it to reproduce most architectural styles and features. It can replicate virtually any surface detail and reproduce the appearance of materials such as stone, slate, terracotta and marble. Carved stonework involves specialized skills and is slow to produce making the end product expensive. GFRC can match stonework in appearance and as it can be produced in thin sections it is easier to handle and fix.

Cost Effective      
GFRC Products have been shown to provide economic solutions to many applications. Although the manufacturing costs may be higher than say concrete, when the reduced handling, transport and fixing costs are considered, there can be an overall saving.

USES OF GFRC

Glass fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) is used worldwide to manufacture a vast range of precast products for the building and civil engineering industries.

  • GFRC can be formed into thin sectioned lightweight elements and provides designers, architects and engineers with substantial advantages when compared to other traditional concrete materials.
  • GFRC can be easily molded to reproduce shapes, details and textures. Its high strength results in thin sections, which are lightweight and easy to handle.
  • GFRC can be colored with pigments, paints and natural exposed stone facings.
  • GFRC can replace non-structural precast concrete elements where weight and/or shape are problematic and it can be used in conjunction with reinforced concrete.

FIBERGLASS WORLD is working to expand its activities within the industry to create new products and services. The use of Polymer-modified Cement, GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) and Polyurethane Spray Coatings is in our agenda.

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