Benefits of GRC
Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete or GRC can be tailored to meet a wide variety of aesthetic, structural, and cost requirements. Below are some of the benefits that GRC brings to architecture.
- Offers a wide variety of shapes and surface finishes
- High strength
- Lightweight and easy to handle
- Installation is quick and cost effective
- Durable in extreme weather conditions
- Requires very little maintenance
- Energy efficient
- Environmentally friendly
Lightweight with high strength
Although the relative density is similar to concrete, GRC panels can be much thinner than traditional concrete panels, making them as much as 75% lighter than similar pieces cast with traditional concrete. This makes the parts easier to handle, lowers transportation costs, and reduces the foundational requirement. GRC cladding can replace non-structural precast concrete where weight and/or shape may be problematic.
High design flexibility
GRC can be easily moulded to produce any shape, detail, or texture, from rocks to fine ornamental details. It can be coloured with pigments, paints and natural stone facings. Moulds can be created to replicate the most complex of profiles in restoration, renovation and new construction.
High Compressive, Flexural and Tensile Strength
The high glass fibre content leads to high tensile strength while the high polymer content makes the concrete flexible and resistant to cracking. Proper reinforcing further increases the strength of objects and is critical in projects where visible cracks are not tolerable.
Because it uses less cement than equivalent concrete, and produces much lower carbon dioxide emissions during manufacture, GRC qualifies as sustainable. Emissions reductions are even more significantly enhanced if the reduced load on the superstructure and resulting economics are taken into account as well.
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