grp in construction and architechtural decoration   

One of many possible uses for grp in constructionSea-cubed and composites in construction

Sea-cubed’s expertise for GRP building construction ranges from traditional plasters to fibrous plasters, polymer concretes and grp. This means that we will specify the right process and material for your problem, rather than simply the process we are best at!

We have also developed a slightly different approach that is designed to overcome the traditional difficulties architects, designers and engineers have in specifying composites. Our consultancy services are structured in a unique way such that customers are not unnecessarily tied in to us. They are also designed to be flexible - depending on where you are in the composite design spiral - and are usually free-of-charge. We include our unique materials selection processes in this to define the right materials and manufacturing processes for your project.

…and, unlike our competitors, if composites are not the right material, we’ll tell you so!

Use of grp building constructionGRP in construction - the wider picture

In the architectural sector alone, composite materials have a vast number of applications and have been in use for many decades. From small decorative mouldings to complete composite bridges, GRP has a track record of performance for over fifty years. Its excellent structural properties, long life, good fire resistance, unlimited repetition and capacity for designs that are only limited by the scope of the designer's imagination, means these versatile materials tick all the boxes. GRP can also be manufactured to imitate most finishes including steel, wood and stones such as sandstone, marble or granite.

Excellent moulding capabilities make GRP especially suitable for interior and exterior architectural ornamentation that was traditionally achieved using labour-intensive decorative plaster work. For more information about the advantages of composite materials, click here.

Although it is a growth area, the use of composites in construction remains lower than it could be. This is often due to a lack of understanding between the composite manufacturers and the architects themselves. In addition, the slow rate of standardisation for GRP in construction has meant that design standards and regulations have been a stumbling block for those specifying composite materials.

IModern architectural decorationn addition to one-off projects, the use of GRP in construction extends to a vast range of standard products, particularly for cornices, columns, balusters and balustrades. For both standard parts and custom designs, we can provide customers with the designs, drawings, patterns, moulds and parts as appropriate. Other areas where GRP is commonly used include...

Better GRP regulations

It is interesting to see developments in the acceptance of composite materials as a standard architectural material. The International Code Council’s (ICC) International Building Code (IBC) has a new section for 2009 which further develops the allowable applications of composite materials in building construction. The equivalent of our UK Building Regulations, the 2009 IBC code allows architects and contractors to explore and implement the benefits of composite materials as a cheaper and more durable alternative to traditional construction materials and finishing methods.

 

...composites...uncomplicated! Design and manufacture of composite material products