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What is Glass-fiber Reinforced Concrete (or GFRC)?

GFRC: Glass-fiber Reinforced Concrete

Glass-fiber reinforced concrete (also known as GFRC) is a type of concrete that is reinforced with fine glass fibers, rather than rebar or wire mesh. It is made with cement, water, and the desired aggregates, in addition to the glass fibers.

What are the key differences between glass-fiber reinforced concrete and traditional concrete?

1. Stronger than traditional concrete. Glass-fiber reinforced concrete is even more durable than traditional concrete. As a result, GFRC can be installed in thinner layers without sacrificing any durability.

2. Lightweight. Fiber-reinforced is not nearly as heavy as traditional concrete. As a result, it is easier to transport GFRC panels and other pre-cast pieces.

3. No need for rebar. The fibers in the concrete are the only reinforcement you will need. In most cases, there is no need to install reinforcing steel bars or wire mesh before installing the concrete.

4. Can be cast to any shape or size. GFRC is a flexible building material. In many cases, the concrete is sprayed into place. There are very few limitations to where it can be applied or installed.

5. Eco-friendly. Traditional concrete production can have a negative impact on the health of the environment. The production of GFRC tends to be more environmentally friendly.

6. Increased cost. Glass fiber reinforced concrete is typically more expensive than traditional concrete. However, because of its strength and durability, it can be installed in thinner layers.

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