Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete (GRC) is at the forefront of concrete material science. It is an engineered product that consists of cement, fine aggregate, polymers, water, oxide and glass fibres. It is the properties of the infused glass fibres that influence the behaviour of the concrete. GRC is a lightweight, strong, durable and flexible material relative to traditional concrete. At Concrete Society we take advantage of the versatility of GRC to create products that have few limitations in terms of shape, colour, size and finish.
Common items fabricated using GRC include:
- Kitchen Benchtops,
- Bathroom vanities,
- Fireplace hearths,
- Wall façade panels,
- Commercial bars.
CARE AND MAINTAINANCE
Routine Care & Maintenance
Polished concrete offers a high performance surface with low maintenance, however, these surfaces do require some common sense and routine care & maintenance.
Surfaces should be wiped throughout use with a soft cloth dampened with warm water. Liquid spills including food products should be wiped up immediately following detection. Abrasive cleansers should not be used.
It is not recommended that hot items, such as skillets, pots or saucepans, be placed directly onto the surface of the concrete. Trivets or heat pads should be used at all times. Sudden temperature change or prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause the concrete to experience thermal shock.
Scratches & Surface Damage
Polished concrete surfaces are typically resilient to scratches and chips, however, topical sealers are applied to some surfaces. It is recommended that a chopping board be used at all times and that heavy items or those with rough bases not be dragged across the surface to prevent damage to the sealer.
Impact with hard objects, especially to edges and corners should be avoided to prevent chips and spalling.
Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals and solvents as these may damage the surface of the concrete. Nail polish remover, bleach, oven cleaner, drain cleaner, permanent markers and paint strippers are all examples of products that should not come into contact with the surface of the concrete.
Difficult Spills & Stains
Stubborn stains should be addressed using a mild, non-acidic, non-abrasive cleanser. Ensure the surface is rinsed well with water. Avoid excessive and forceful scrubbing, this could damage the protective sealer and alter the sheen of the surface.
Some of the sealers used to protect the concrete surface is topical in nature and as such can wear over time. Surfaces that develop scratches, stains or show signs of the loss of water resistance can be resealed.
Should the unexpected happen and an accident ends up causing damage to your concrete in the form of chipping, staining or scratching, please contact us and we will do our best to help work with you to rectify the damage.