When historical terracotta is severely corroded, damaged, and worn, one option is to simply remove it and replace it with a different material. Many people consider this approach a last resort, however, and look for ways to restore the element and the material to its original appearance. Currently, there are several materials that can be used to do just that. One of them is Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC). This article will outline why GFRC is a good choice for restoration and renovation projects.
GFRC is an architectural terracotta replacement that is lightweight.
The low weights of GFRC cladding and elements make this material a desirable alternative. Lower weights mean easier hoisting and installation, and replacing terracotta with a lightweight material will also reduce loads on the structure.
GFRC can be used to replicate the colors, details, and textures found in traditional architectural terracotta.
If repairs to terracotta are going to be made, they need to be seamless. Sections that look different from the surrounding architectural terracotta will detract from the appearance of the entire building. Qualified professionals are able to shape and finish GFRC to perfectly match almost any sample.
GFRC is durable, low maintenance, and long lasting when used as a replacement for traditional terracotta.
In many cases, architectural terracotta becomes damaged, cracked, and worn because steel reinforcements rust and swell when exposed to moisture. This causes damage to the surrounding architectural terracotta. GFRC is reinforced with rust-proof glass fibers, so it is more moisture resistant than many terracotta elements. GFRC is also known for its durability and long life span, and requires minimal maintenance.
GFRC is non combustible.
GFRC is a replacement that will not burn, so it can be installed with confidence.
GFRC is an environmentally-friendly material.
GFRC is made from natural materials, so it is a wonderful choice for those who strive to make environmentally-responsible decisions whenever possible.
If your building has historical terracotta cladding or elements that are damaged or worn, it’s important to know that they can probably be renovated and/or restored. By using an architectural terracotta replacement like GFRC, it’s possible to make seamless, long-lasting repairs to historical terracotta.