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Synstone Canada

Making a statement in concrete

Since the company’s founding in 1985, Synstone Canada has provided a marketplace specialty in GFRC (glass fibre reinforced concrete) panel technology.

Designed to meet today’s architectural demands, Synstone Canada provides its client with a sustainable, custom manufactured, high quality composite concrete product while remaining economical.

Synstone is an excellent choice for any building whether it is cladding, soffits, skirting, infill panel, interior walls or any other possible applications of Synstone.

“Being a totally Canadian company, we are proud to support our local, regional and national economy in terms of our manufacturing facilities, which have created jobs for many skilled workers who day in and day out create an outstanding product, and also our installation teams who also work extremely hard to ensure our panels are installed efficiently, professionally and beautifully each and every time,”
Sterling Halliday, General Manager, Synstone Canada, told The Canadian Business Journal.

Product development

Synstone’s product development began in 1975 with the initiation of its GFRC paneling. In the early 1980s, Synstone International released its first composite, utilizing hydraulic cement reinforced with glass fibre. Accordingly, while this development was not an immediate success, the product did include all the desired properties of the eventual finished product. The product highlights durability, and through extensive trial and error in development of this product, an affordable finished product was achieved.

With the first Synstone panels made available to the company’s target market in 1987, the product was already the market leader in terms of its glass fibre reinforced concrete property. Its composition was superior to that of a primarily cement-based product, with better strength, reinforcement, and flexibility. The end result was the development of the strongest panels available anywhere worldwide (“unheard of the in the world of concrete”), its exterior durability and resistance going unmatched. The product can also be nailed without cracking, splitting, or chipping.

Synstone panels are built to last, standing the test of time, and are also able to withstand the harsh realities of the Canadian climate. In fact, some of the first product was used in construction of many schools across Southern Ontario.

According to Halliday, “Synstone is used for exterior cladding, interior finishing, soffits, fascias, and roofing. Synstone panels have a very low water vapour permeance rating as well as water absorption properties. The high strength, light weight non-combustible, vandal poof, architectural panel, comes with many faces, the aesthetic appeal of natural stones, exposed aggregate and other surface effects, for many uses, from prestigious panelling to high-rise and commercial building facade.

Manufactured in Toronto, Synstone Canada also plans to expand its reach nationwide, opening two additional manufacturing facilities in western Canada and eastern Canada.

Customized for the customer

Panels do not come in standard sizes, colours or finishes, making each and every project unique and custom made.

Halliday said, “With this method of manufacturing we save a considerable amount of waste compared to our European competitors. Not only does that method create waste, but it prolongs construction periods.”

The product offers a flexural strength that is more than 10 times that of concrete. Additionally, the product is about seven times lighter in weight than thick concrete precast panelling. Because of this, less structure is required to support the weight and it will also provide savings in both construction costs and energy costs, according to Halliday.

The durability of Synstone far exceeds most other cladding systems such as metal, stucco, EIFS or comparable fibre cement or GFRC panels, and the material cannot be easily damaged.

The product is LEED friendly and is helpful in boosting the environmental sustainability of any project, and is also a relatively low-maintenance product. The product has a long shelf life, and only requires minimal cleaning. Synstone is also resistant to mould and mildew.

Halliday added, “Not only do we manufacture exterior cladding panels, in addition we manufacture sandwich panels for curtain walls, window infills, balcony railing inserts, soffit panels, roof panels, interior wall panels, exterior and interior furniture, countertops, etc., all with the same Synstone GFRC panel technology.”

Synstone panels have a unique and customized appearance that can be applied to any of its products.

“Synstone cladding is a modern and attractive cladding alternative which can easily be used to draw attention and stand out from neighbouring buildings. By far the most common type of panel in use in construction today is the composite aluminum panel. They are often specified on projects, but are taken off due to budget constraints. Synstone panels are an attractive and affordable alternative to aluminum panels, EIFS and other traditional cladding materials.”
Why Synstone?

“We pride ourselves on creating innovative building envelopes with distinctive finished, shaped and coloured cladding products that perform in a superior manner compared to any other cladding material,” reads the company website.

“All Synstone products are asbestos free, sillica free and consist of high-grade low toxicity raw materials consisting of mainly mineral substances guaranteeing optimum product quality. Synstone’s management team works closely with the design, installation and construction teams on every project. We assess the need, contribute to the cladding solution and ensure our clients are more than satisfied upon each stage of the design and construction process. We offer engineered shop drawings, design support, onsite visits, and training for each project from our industry experts.”