Glass reinforced cladding panels are used mainly for architectural purposes and provide a spectacular opportunity for the expression of individuality in design, which no material can offer. A rare combination of features and capabilities of glass reinforced concrete allows:
- Creating non-standard products customized for non-standard buildings
- Creating modular elements for serial unified construction
- Using GRC as a facing material in new facade panels mounted directly on top of the old building’s facade
Technically, this can be implemented with respect to any individual case on the basis of at least three of the following solutions:
- Utilising panels in the form of thin GRC shells with stiffeners
- Utilising GRC thin shells, mechanically fastened to steel mounting frames which are then attached to the frame of the building (e.g. ventilated facades)
- Utilising GRC shells that act as permanent formwork
Carefully constructed molds made of metal, wood, plastic or synthetic rubber give almost limitless opportunities for diversity of surface finishing, from the very strict textured patterns to the most bizarre shapes, elements and ornaments.
The combination of the basics of white or gray cement with the addition of small amounts of inorganic pigments, as well as specially selected by color sand and other aggregates from different parts of the world, creates a wide palette of colors that meets the needs of the most demanding architects.
The set of techniques for applying GRC-based materials is characterised by terrific diversity: from the most simple to the most advanced. An already molded object with a base of gray cement can be colored with a permanent coating. However, the material introduced in GRC products and forming the front finishing layer does not require special care, except for cleaning.