Over the past several years, the world has seen record breaking summer heat and unexpected freezing or rainy winters. In the construction world, architects often need to consider how extreme weather might play a role in whether their designs are going to be capable of withstanding the elements, as even the best build is not going to be appreciated if shifts in weather cause chipping or degradation.
It’s important to choose building materials that can withstand severe weather shifts. That is why many designers around the world are choosing GFRC.
GFRC and Weather Conditions
GFRC is already widely regarded as a “greener” option than many other architectural products as it uses recycled materials and releases less carbon during the manufacturing process. But it has not received as much attention for its ability to retain its shape and avoid degradation when it’s impacted by the elements.
GFRC is considered a gold standard material for extreme weather. It is:
- Freeze-Thaw Resistant – GFRC withstands freezing cold weather and does not crack or chip when it thaws. That makes it suitable for colder climates and those with unusually chilly winters.
- Very Heat Resistant – We know that GFRC is fireproof, and that heat resistance includes extremely hot weather for extended periods of time.
- Water Resistant – The glass fiber reinforcement in GFRC makes it very water resistant, able to withstand heavy rains. This includes acid rain and salted water.
It is these features that make GFRC very well suited for any extreme or changing weather conditions, as most elements will be unable to permeate or damage the reinforced concrete.
Planning for the Future
No one knows what the future will hold for weather conditions, which are going to differ in many regions all throughout the US and the world. But architects can make sure that the properties they build now are equipped with materials that are ready for whatever the climate may bring. That may include GFRC, one of the most popular choices in long lasting architectural products.
If you’re interested in learning more about GFRC, or you’d like to get started, contact GC Products Inc today to learn more.