Architectural GFRC – Thin Concrete Panels for Exterior Cladding, Veneers, Columns
Architects, contractors and masons have used concrete in design and construction of buildings for hundreds of years. Architectural GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) has opened up new design possibilities not easy to achieve with traditional concrete.
What makes it feasible:
- Unique potential to mold the stone panels in highly intricate shapes and complex design details.
- GFRC concrete stone is hollow from inside leading to much lighter weight than traditional concrete.
- With unique materials technology coupled with pre-designed, pre-engineered built in connections, the thin, lightweight (GFRC) concrete panels have much better strength to weight ratio compared to other concrete products.
- The products can be manufactured with high precision and accuracy – exterior cladding, stone veneers and facades can be created with not only flexibility in design options, but also ease of installation.
- GFRC panels can be easily integrated with brick veneer and other concrete products.
- The look and feel of the AAS GFRC panels can match other pre-manufactured stone products, as well as natural stone products such as lime stone. This enables options to combine different concrete or stone materials in a project with seamless aesthetic appeal – for example, use wet-precast concrete with embedded steel reinforcements for structural elements while using GFRC for higher elevation cornices and wall coping.
When do you select GFRC?
- On projects where the core building structure cannot carry the weight of other cement based products.
- At or near the top of a structure where requirement for higher structural support can’t be met.
- Where the design of a given piece (column capital … etc) is complex and larger pieces would ease the installation.
- Where installation costs are an important consideration.
- Where skilled craftsmen are in short supply.
- On renovation and restoration projects.
- Where rigging and installation equipment is restricted.
- Interior applications, breezeways and transitional areas between indoor and outdoor spaces.
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