Ordering Lightweight GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) Architectural Products

August 18, 2011

How tos

A short guide on how to specify, detail, select and buy glass fiber reinforced concrete architectural products.

So you have a project that needs GFRC architectural products. Maybe you need columns, cladding, planters or cornice. You have selected GFRC as a lightweight concrete alternative. Based on GFRC’s light weight, durability and freedom of design you’ve decided GFRC is the best product for your application. But wait, the work isn’t over yet. In this post we will take a look at the options and choices that are available.

Colors in GFRC Architectural Products

Stromberg GFRC is available in a range of colors. Since colors are blended on a custom basis you get thousands of possible color combinations. Present your color choices and we will make every effort to match them.

Textures for GFRC

Almost any texture you may want is available in Stromberg GFRC.  Possible textures include slate, tree bark, wood, smooth, aggregate, pebbled, limestone and travertine. Custom textures are available, as well.

Overall Dimensions

As a general rule, GFRC architectural products are limited to 12′ to 14′ in any one direction. The maximum size for a GFRC panel or architectural piece may further be limited by transportation (how big a piece can be shipped), site access and efficient handling.

Thickness of the GFRC

The shell thickness for most Stromberg GFRC architectural products is 1/2″ to 3/4″. Thicker sections may be needed for certain applications. On GFRC panels with steel stud backups, the overall thickness may be 5″ to 8″ depending on studs spacing and wind loads.

Additional Details

Other considerations in detailing GFRC include attachment details, details for weather (slopes, drip edges and flashing), caulking joints, etc.  Information can be found on the Stromberg Architectural products website.

With so many options and so much design freedom, you have lots to consider. (We have not even discussed other options here, like tile and stone faced GFRC, painted GFRC, glazes, etc.) It may seem a bit daunting, but don’t worry, if you have a question or need a detail, just give us a call. We have been creating GFRC architectural products for over three decades. We have a track record of over 1400 successful projects…and we are here to help. For more information and assistance with your design challenge, please call us at (903) 454-0904 today or email us at [email protected].