Architectural GFRC – Thin Concrete Panels for Exterior Cladding, Veneers, Columns
The architectural GFRC, Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete, has a concrete front facing with options to match the look of virtually any other type of stone product. The back is sprayed with layers of glass fibers and concrete admixture to make it ¾” inch thick.
- Since the GFRC stone panels are hollow from inside, they are much lighter than other cast stone or natural stone products with very competitive strength to weight ratio.
- AAS has the technology, and design expertise to custom fabricate the panels with an unparalleled range of complex shapes with stringent tolerance requirements.
- The GFRC products can have pre-engineered connections integrated at the time of manufacturing, simplifying the installation process.
- Customers have options to match the GFRC products with other stone products such as dry-cast stone, wet-pour precast concrete, limestone, terracotta, etc.
The GFRC products are as durable as other cast stone products, retaining the structural properties as well as the color and finish; this provides significant design and cost advantage over other thin veneer panels.
- Unique potential to mold the stone panels in highly intricate shapes and complex design details.
- 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.