GFRC presents architects and engineers with a material from which the most ambitious designs can be created. It can be moulded to form modern futuristic designs or to replicate traditional historic features. GFRC can be painted, faced with fine aggregates, coloured or simply left with a natural white or grey, smooth or textured finish.
In recent years, a shortage of skilled workers combined with the need to produce lighter weight building components has led to significant advancements in the use of prefabricated GFRC elements. Builders worldwide are appreciating the increase in speed of construction that GFRC provides.
Furthermore, engineers are discovering that small additions of alkali resistant glass fibers can benefit the quality of traditional concrete elements, whether precast or cast in-situ. Research has shown that high-modulus alkali resistant glass fibers can help to control cracking and improve durability.
Compared to traditional concrete, GFRC offers the engineer an unrivalled range of material properties. GFRC is not a single material. Its properties can be engineered to suit each application. For example, for products such as permanent formwork, high short-term strength is required. While for utility and drainage products light weight combined with durability give GFRC a considerable advantage.