GFRC stands for Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete. GFRC first came to market in the 1940s, and since its inception, has seen many improvements in technology. Our glass fibres are alkaline-resistant, containing an optimum percentage of zirconia (Zr02). Alkaline-resistant fibres have high tensile strength and modulus, do not rust like steel and are easily incorporated into concrete mixes.
How Does It Work?
The concept behind this is simple. Concrete is not very resilient and durable without some reinforcement installed within in. In construction, contractors pour concrete over metal rebar and rods to make the installation stronger. Glass Fibre is just another material used for reinforcement to ensure the concrete is strong enough to withstand weight and pressure. The combination of glass fibre and concrete works well and the reinforcing material will not degrade easily.
The Benefits of Using GFRC
- Weight – One of the best qualities of GRFC is the fact that it’s light weight, thin, and therefore much more versatile. It can be about 75% lighter than concrete of same dimensions reinforced with different materials. For example, a traditional concrete countertop slab is usually 2 inches thick while a GFRC countertop will only be 1 inch in thickness.
- Cracking – Because the glass fibre is a mesh-like material, the concrete doesn’t crack easily under pressure. It won’t chip or crumble as normal concrete does when it’s cut. This makes it ideal for large area surfaces like kitchen and bathroom countertops.
- Shape and Design – This material is truly versatile because it can be poured into a mould or shaped according to your liking. That’s one of the reasons why GFRC is often used in decorative elements.
- Resilience – Just because the concrete can be thin and light weight doesn’t mean that it’s weak. It can easily withstand up to 4000 psi of weight, especially if you use high quality materials to achieve the result.
- Durable – This material is very durable and will last for several decades after it’s installed. It has a clean finish that looks timeless and appealing so you won’t regret the decision to install it.