GFRC – Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete
Increasingly, designers are faced with the dilemma between designing large and complex shapes and the practical size and weight limitations associated with installing those designs. The key to opening the door on a much broader design environment is Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete, or GFRC, a thin-wall alternative to cast stone that allows products to be manufactured at significantly lighter weights without sacrificing strength and performance.
Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete is a mixture of cement, sand, polymer and glass fibers. This unique mixture obtains its strength from chopped fiberglass strands that allows the product to be manufactured with thin walls because coverage of antiquated reinforcing bars is no longer required. Because the product has thin walls, far less concrete is required than if the same profile had to be cast solid. Less concrete results in less weight allowing for a more efficient and cost-effective installation.
Premier Stoneworks has both pre-mix and concentric GFRC stations allowing maximum flexibility for manufacturing the most complex and challenging architectural concrete shapes. Premier Stoneworks produces non-panelized GFRC architectural elements which means that we produce shapes that do not require the addition of metal framing for structural stability and attachment to the structure. Most architectural shapes are non-panelized and produced in-house by our Architectural Precast Association (APA) certified GFRC production crew. Premier Stoneworks is always evaluating cost, complexity and safety to advise our clients when elements are better produced in GFRC vs. cast stone.
For panelized GFRC, Premier Stoneworks enjoys a strategic partnership with GFRC Cladding, located in Dallas, Texas, the nation’s pre-eminent producer of panelized GFRC. GFRC Cladding excels at designing, engineering and producing complicated GFRC assemblies requiring integral metal framing. We procure the panelized GFRC from GFRC Cladding and then, using our in-house installation and welding crew, handle the installation for a complete turnkey solution. Typical applications of panelized GFRC are large format cornices and alternatives to large precast panels that often incorporate intricate detailing.
GFRC offers many advantages:
- Lightweight properties make it ideal for large applications.
- Can be made to match all the cast stone colors available to regular cast stone.
- Saves materials, time and money, because foundations and other structural elements don’t need to be engineered to support as heavy a weight found in precast stone panels.
- Is easier to handle during manufacturing and installation, enhancing efficiency, reducing breakage and increasing safety.
- Delivers superior strength!
Manufacturing cutting-edge technologies like GFRC products is just one example of how Premier Stoneworks fuses the latest technology with architectural design in fulfilling our commitment to delivering total customer satisfaction.