GFRC is a composite of Portland cement, sand, and polymer with alkali-resistant glass fibers dispersed throughout. Unlike traditional concrete, GFRC is sprayed rather than poured. This process randomizes the glass fibers into an overlapping mesh pattern.
The glass fiber mesh functions like the steel in reinforced concrete without the added weight. In fact, glass fibers add so much flexural, tensile and impact strength that much less concrete is used overall. Architectural panels made from GFRC are strong, durable, and lightweight.
The cost of GFRC is calculated per square foot and can be supplied for material only or for material and installation.
Material costs vary depending on the overall project size, type of wall system used, size and complexity of panels, repetition of forms, and finishes selected. Installation costs are dependent upon average panel size, accessibility to building connection points, availability and size of cranes used, and the cost of labor in a project’s city or region.
Additionally, PCI conducts research with universities and labs nationwide, publishes technical resources, educates stakeholders about precast and prestressed concrete products, and represents the industry in code advocacy activities. It was founded in 1954.
To ensure compliance with these best practices, all PCI certified manufacturing facilities receive rigorous quality audits without advance notice two or three times each year. Audits are conducted by independent engineers on behalf of PCI. These third-party audits guarantee that the GFRC from a PCI certified supplier will be of high quality, consistent appearance, and perform as advertised.