With the impact of weather, chemicals, and water, external window sills can take quite a beating. This means that these sills may wear and erode over time. However, GFRC is changing that with an ideal alternative to traditional construction materials, offering durability, versatility, and beauty while also being environmentally friendly and cost effective.
When Sills Deteriorate
Window sills often take the brunt of external elements because they are located just below a closed window on the external areas of all types of buildings, including apartments, residences, and commercial structures and their job is to redirect water away from the window and the building.
Since window sills are often exposed to sunlight, water, chemicals, and more, the materials often used, like wood and aluminum, do not hold up over time. Over time, these sills can crack, corrode, or disintegrate. Not only does this take away from the beauty of the building’s façade, but this deterioration can also lead to safety and structural issues. Depending on the type of sill used, this may require replacement of the sill, if it is separate from the window, or if not, the entire window may need to be replaced.
Replacing all those windows and sills could get expensive, especially if wood and aluminum continue to be the material of choice. It will only be a matter of time again before the deterioration starts on the new sills. This is when a more durable material will help to keep remodeling to a minimum.
Why Use GFRC for Window Sills?
Unlike wood, aluminum, and other materials used for sills, GFRC is not as vulnerable and can handle the elements, including insects, fire, water, wind and extreme temperature changes.
GFRC is a strong material that has a higher tensile strength over steel but is lightweight for easy transport and installation while also minimizing the total building load. Besides being easy to work with in terms of its weight, GFRC is versatile in terms of its ability to be made to look like just about anything. This makes it perfect as a material for building facades. For any type of look or architectural style, GFRC it can be shaped and finished to look like brick, stone, wood and more. The GFRC sills can also be painted any color as well as have various textures added to them for further enhancement.
GFRC is also environmentally friendly, which makes it a great choice if you are trying to “green” your construction or remodeling projects. First, GFRC is made from natural materials and often uses recycled ingredients. In this way, it is not using up natural resources or creating waste. Secondly, it does not add to the level of pollution or emissions. Lastly, its durability means that it will not need to be replaced as frequently, further reducing the impact on the environment.
Information and Estimates for GFRC Sills
Stromberg Architectural can create custom GFRC sills for your structure. Fill in our online contact form or call our experienced team at 903-454-0904 to get more information and a free estimate for your commercial building.