Glass reinforced concrete represents a composite material consisting of fine-grained concrete (matrix) and dispersion reinforced with short glass fibers. Thus, glass reinforced concrete (or GRC) combines the typical of the conventional concrete high compressive strength with extreme flexibility and tensility (4-5 times higher than in concrete), strength (10-15 times higher) and frost resistance (more than 300 cycles).
This is an environmentally friendly material that does not contain harmful ingredients and belongs to the category of non-combustible materials. Glass reinforced concrete offers increased waterproofness and a high degree of adhesion to plain concrete, boasting high resistance to cracking at the same time. Easily molded, acquiring complex spatial shapes with GRC is a walk in the park mission, plus the material exactly replicates the tiniest details on the surface. Moreover, GRC products have a small cross-section (ranging from 6 to 20 mm) and are considerably lighter in comparison with the products of conventional concrete.
Apart from the purely functional properties, a noteworthy GRC feature is an increased architectural expression, as well as extraordinary plasticity. It can play a variety of colors and shades, transmit various textures to recreate the most unexpected for stone material shape and form. The magnificent set of properties predefined the leadership in precast-monolithic and other types of construction throughout the world.
GRC bribes the experts with its versatility and diversity of application spheres, from wall panels for building facades and architectural and decorative details to elements of permanent formwork in bridge and anti-noise barriers. In addition, glass reinforced concrete is widely utilised in installing roofing and waterproofing.