Why should I use concrete?
Concrete is one of the most versatile building materials on the planet. And it’s been around for a long time. It is attractive, comes in an almost infinite variety of colours, and does not burden you with constant repair and maintenance costs. It’s an all-round material, long-lasting and durable, making it a cost-effective, sustainable choice for residential and commercial buildings.
What is Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete (GFRC)?
GFRC is modern concrete, a composite material that may be cast in thin-walled shapes for construction and fittings such as benchtops, baths and basins. It consists of cement, aggregate, water, alkali-resistant glass fibres, polymer and additives. Some call it GRC (glass reinforced concrete) for short.
We use it wherever a light, strong, weather proof, water resistant and fire retardant material is required. Glass fibres in our GFRC have the following properties:
- A higher tensile strength than steel
- High modulus (in other words, not stretchy. They won’t allow concrete to stretch and crack).
- Will never rust
- Inorganic with no health risk
Isn’t concrete heavy?
GFRC is an ultra-strong composite infused with glass reinforcing fibres that means we can use less material to make your bath, benchtop, table or basin, making them lighter than other materials of equivalent strength.
GFRC allows us the freedom to design with fewer restrictions and weight than most other materials. Installation is easy, and the lighter weight imposes less of a load on your home than fittings made of many other materials.
Where can I use GFRC in my home?
Anywhere! Concrete is adaptable and it can be used in the kitchen or any room as a bench or table top, in the bathroom or outdoors. Our modern GFRC will surprise and delight you.
What does finished concrete look like?
Our GFRC products are refined, elegant, sleek, individualised, and hand-made. You would not think some of them are concrete: others take advantage of the texture of concrete and display it in all its richness and diversity.
We have several finish options for your concrete fittings. You can use a topical finish, such as a a resin-based finish on the surface, which seals the porous concrete but being on the surface is exposed to physical damage like scratching — however they can be re-coated. The other option is a penetrative seal, such as waxes and oils that penetrate the pores, sealing them up. These finishes are lustrous and beautiful and allow you to feel the material, but need reapplication over time.
Is GFRC safe?
GFRC is safe, secure and healthy for building occupants. An inert construction material, concrete does not burn or feed rot or mildew. It does not off-gas volatile organic compounds, so provides excellent indoor air quality.
Is it sustainable?
Environmentally-conscious builders look for durable materials that are used sparingly and so minimising their environmental footprint. GFRC has a long lifespan that makes it a responsible choice for a sustainable future. It is produced from locally available, abundant materials, and it uses recycled materials and can be recycled.
Many wastes and industrial byproducts that would end up in landfill are used in the cement kiln or can be added to concrete mixes to provide desirable characteristics. Used concrete is recyclable and serves as aggregate in roadbeds or as material for new concrete.
Can concrete be repaired?
Concrete can be repaired, but depending on the damage the repair could be visible. It’s always better to treat our products with care:
- Does it scratch? Yes, it can scratch with rough treatment. Some scratches can add to the patina, but if you treat your products with care they will last you a lifetime.
- How do I maintain it? We recommend waxing wth carnauba wax, which is used in car wax, shoe polishes, and furniture waxes and polishes, especially when mixed with beeswax and with turpentine. It produces a beautiful lustrous finish.
What is on-site casting?
Some situations require casting in-situ. Usually traditional concrete is used to form permanent furniture or is cast directly on to cabinet work to form a bench top. Thicker and heavier forms suit this method but cleaver design can contrast this, though you can fo for up with impressive substantial pieces. We design, construct the formwork and pour the concrete and hand burnish to a specified surface finish. After curing the mould is stripped and seals applied.