For countertops, and various other surfaces, there are numerous advantages of using glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC). As you look over the list, you might decide this is the route you want to take. Of course, if you have additional questions, you can speak with us at the shop or professional contractor or installer who deals with this type of concrete on a consistent basis.
- Lighter Weight – One of the most notable advantages is that GFRC is much lighter compared to conventional concrete. In fact, experts can cast it in thinner sections, making it up to 75 percent lighter. Because of that, if you want to use glass fiber reinforced concrete for new kitchen countertops, the installer can install it just 1 inch thick, whereas with steel-reinforced concrete, it would need to be 2 inches thick.
- Reinforcement – A unique aspect of GFRC is that it has internal support. For that reason, there is no need for any other reinforcements. When it comes to challenging shapes, the internal stability makes placing the material much easier.
- High Strength – You will also appreciate that fact that glass fiber reinforced concrete has flexural strength up to 4,000 psi. Even the strength-to-weight ratio is exceptional.
- Surface Finish – An expert can spray on GFRC, thereby preventing any voids or holes. As a result, you end up with a smooth surface that looks rich and elegant.
- Toughness – Unlike traditional concrete, which can crack or chip while getting cut, it takes a tremendous amount of effort to damage GFRC.
- Durability – Compared to precast concrete, glass fiber reinforced concrete will outcast every time. Also, you never have to worry about durability issues. Without cracks or holes, water getting inside is never a problem.
- Adaptability – Because a contractor or installer can either spray or pour GFRC into the desired mold, this material can adapt to almost any shape, even complex and ornamental ones.