GFRC Advantage: Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing
AAS has specialized technology and process to design, fabricate Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC – also known as light weight concrete) products.
- The AAS manufacturing technique selects fiber glass strands of right length to match the strength requirements of a specific product.
- AAS GFRC is much richer in use of quality cement. AAS uses unique polymer additives that makes the curating of GFRC more effective.
- AAS GFRC is packed, rolled and compressed material that doesn’t have any air bubbles in it.
- AAS has very well developed spraying equipment and experienced team that makes it possible to create GFRC products of different sizes, shapes with highly involved finishes as well when required.
- AAS technology enables manufacturing of GFRC panels in complex geometries with precise tolerance.
With the in-depth proactive analysis and detailed engineering, the GFRC panels from AAS are extremely easy to install. The GFRC products whether they are cladding panels, or columns, or architectural trims, or corbels, or other exterior architectural elements have built in embeds to connect to the support structure. There is no additional structural support required to install the panels. Combine that with lighter weight of the product, and you have an architectural stone solution that is much simpler to install and integrate in the buildings.
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AAS GFRC: Custom Molds to Cast in Any Shape
The material can be cast into nearly unlimited shapes, colors and textures.
The panels can be formed into complex shapes, expanding its usage significantly: faÃ§ade cladding panels, window and door surrounds, columns, balusters and handrails, caps and coping, quoins, keystones, etc.
AAS GFRC Products for Design Intent
Due to the ease of forming, coloring, and availability of extra-large sizes, GFRC panels are ideally suited to address any complex or innovative design intent.
Given its production process, the GFRC panels can be colored to match any aesthetic on any project.
The use of natural raw materials in the concrete mix results in high quality stone products.
GFRC Advantage – Strength to Weight Ratio: Simpler, Easier Installation
GFRC has very good strength to weight ratio. Because of the lower weight, the panel sizes can be much larger compared to other materials. This is the reason that GFRC is also known as light weight concrete.
The material is lighter and easier to install in higher elevation applications requiring minimal structural support and less effort.
GFRC is made with a polymer curing admixture. It will meet the requirements of NFPA Class A and UBC Class I when tested according to ASTM E84, resulting in a “0 Flame Spread Rating” and less than 5 smoke density.
Our panels are classified as “Class A” fire resistant.
Long Term Durability
GFRC requires little maintenance and, due to its strength, it is resistant to high impacts.
AAS team has helped a number of customers with innovative solutions using GFRC products that delivered much stronger visual appeal and longer life compared to stucco or EIFS products for example.