Why Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum (GFRG or GRG)?
Gypsum is a natural mineral mined throughout the world.
Our specially-formulated Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum (GFRG
is comprised of a mixture of raw gypsum cement, laminated
to layers of long strand, continuous glass fiber matting.
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detailed spec sheet.
offers unique pricing, aesthetic, health, and
* 100% NONCOMBUSTIBLE (unlike polyurethane
or wood products), making it ideal for fireplace fronts and
mantels, range hoods, and ceiling domes.
* Stunning finish and treatment
options, including metallic, marble,
alabaster, or our own GFRG Limestone Cast. It can be finished with water-based or
non-allergenic, and environmentally-friendly.
finish (i.e. ready to lightly sand, and apply primer and finish coats).
Photo provided by Matt Van Der Steen of
Art of Deception,
who performed this decorative treatment on our
Increased design versatility
Superior strength and
durability (tensile, yield, flexural).
* Crack and shrink resistant
(unlike solid and pre-cast stone or wood products).
* Lightweight (unlike stone), requiring little
or no additional structural support.
* Easy installation and repair,
including little preparation prior to final finish.
All our GFRG products are made
(not just "assembled") in the U.S.A. by skilled American
In addition to
GFRG, we can sometimes acquire and/or produce moulds and
products of other materials, depending upon your
particular needs. Ask for more information.
Fireplace Mantel Survives Accident: 9 Hours of Intense,
Unventilated Gas Heat
One of our customers
along the Wasatch Front in Utah recently had an accident.
Their gas-burning firebox was turned on at full power,
BUT THE VENTILATION FAN WAS LEFT
OFF. Workers returned to the scene approximately
9 HOURS LATER.
Had their fireplace
mantel been constructed of wood, urethane, or similar
materials, the mantel and surrounding area would have
certainly caught fire, and the home might have burned to the
The heat was so intense,
the stainless steel on the firebox was tarnished, and it is
frankly a wonder that the surrounding internal wood framing
and drywall did not ignite.
workers touched our mantel, however, though it was very hot,
the only damage was a small 3" long surface crack and some
minor surface discoloring. Our installers returned to the
job site and were able to repair the mantel in just a few
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