Glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) is a composite of cement, glass fibers, aggregates, and polymers. Special alkaline resistant glass fibers and polymers are used to reinforce the concrete instead of steel. Why? To start with, these fibers cannot rust like steel. But also, this special blend of polymers and fibers enables GFRC to be lightweight, strong, weather resistant, fire retardant, impermeable, and attractive.
The glass fibers of the GFRC used for AFD products has a higher tensile strength than steel or concrete and a much higher flexural strength than normal concrete. As a general rule, the higher the fiber content, the higher the strength. With the thin, hollow construction of GFRC products, they can weigh a fraction of the weight of traditional pre-cast concrete.
American Fyre Designs (AFD) focuses on function in addition to form. GFRC allows incredible design freedom with shapes and textures, and the colors of nature were abundantly available for experimentation within the concrete. Our manufactured GFRC designs incorporate the fires and flames of Real Fyre gas logs and other RH Peterson products into a distinctive and luxurious line of outdoor furnishings, including exterior fireplaces, firefalls, firetables, fire pits, fire urns, fire bowls, BBQ Islands, and more.