Although there are many technologies on the market today, GRC remains hard to beat as the most appropriate raw material for the manufacture of commercial-grade landscaping planters. Not convinced? Read on to find out the advantages of using this durable material.
Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete can be referred to as GRC, GFRC or lightweight concrete. While the name can be interchangeable, the fundamentals of well-manufactured GRC remain the same. It is an amazing material that is particularly well adapted for the manufacture of landscaping planters.
Satu Bumi has been manufacturing and distributing GRC planters for many years and has developed a keen understanding of the benefits of this incredible material.
GRC planters are incredibly durable against harsh weather, chemicals, water permeability and fire. GRC doesn’t burn or smoke, making it a particularly attractive base material for planters in the high-rise construction industry.
GRC is very versatile as it can be used to manufacture virtually any realistic planter shape. Satu Bumi has a significant catalogue of standard planter shapes for customers to choose from and also specialises in the development of custom GRC planters to suit virtually any project’s design intent.
The use of GRC planters has significant advantages over planters made from blockwork and formwork:
Controlled Environment | For Better Quality Control
Precast GRC planters can be manufactured offsite in a controlled environment where temperature, humidity, airflow and adherence to production standards can be carefully controlled, all of which are important factors in the production of high-quality waterproof concrete products.
Offsite Manufacture | For an Efficient Construction Site
Casting GRC products in an offsite location avoids clutter and disruption to a construction site when space is an issue.
Independence from Slab | To Avoid Stress Fractures
The very nature of blockwork and formwork concrete planters makes them an integrated part of a construction site, which includes susceptibility to the associated stresses that can lead to cracking and eventual water leakage. The modular nature of precast concrete planters means they are a standalone item and hence unaffected by any stress fracturing of the surrounding structures.
Lighter Than Blockwork | Making Them Suitable for Balconies
GRC is very strong, therefore, the walls on GRC planters can be made very thin and light compared to blockwork or formwork. Less weight can be a significant advantage with planters in circumstances where they are being placed in areas where weight restrictions apply such as on an apartment balcony.
Thinner Walls | Providing More Internal Planting Space
The thinner walls of GRC precast planters allow for more planting space within the planters compared to blockwork and formwork without increasing the outside dimensions of the planters.
Ease of Replacement | Providing Flexible Planter Management Options
Since precast concrete planters are modular, they can be replaced or moved relatively easily during future refurbishments or if a planter is damaged.
Contact Satu Bumi today about your GRC planter requirements for your commercial projects by calling 03 5292 1001 or via the links below.