GFRC is one of the most popular materials used for creative prefabricated architectural cladding. GFRC’s ability to be moulded into thin, lightweight panels with a wide variety of shapes, forms and surface finishes has been appreciated by a growing audience of architects and engineers worldwide.
GFRC Features and Moulding
GFRC products are formed by a variety of manufacturing techniques. One of the most versatile is to cast the composite in moulds manufactured from rubber, timber or Glassfiber Reinforced Plastic (GRP/FRP). This is known as premix GFRC. As the high-performance alkali resistant glass fibers are evenly distributed in the mix, the material is reinforced throughout, enabling products with the finest details to be created.
GFRC is used to produce beautiful architectural mouldings and features. Whilst often cast with thickness in excess of 25 mm these products remain easy to handle and erect, and permit the architect or engineer an unrivalled freedom for creative design.
GFRC does not suffer from corrosion of the reinforcement. Unlike traditional concrete, GFRC does not require a minimum of concrete cover to the reinforcement.
In building projects, leisure facilities, urban renewals and municipal schemes ever-increasing attention is being focused on the built environment. GFRC is playing a major role.
Seating, planters, receptacles, kiosks, bollards, signs, statues, and fountains, to name but a few, all benefit from being made in GFRC with its ability to tailor shape, form and surface finish and to be aesthetically compatible with their chosen environment.
GFRC also provides theme park and zoological architects with a medium through which they can turn dreams into reality. Many of the world’s largest theme parks and zoos use GFRC to create rockscapes, replica buildings, simulated environments for animals and much more.