Access panels are a necessary (but often overlooked) component of interior finishing that make an obvious impact on visual aesthetics when designing a minimalist space. Typical access panel are installed on top of the drywall layer, creating a visual disruption to the otherwise flat, smooth surface of drywall.
Fortunately, Glass-Fiber Reinforced Gypsum (GFRG) panels, made of 70% recycled glass beads, offer a more aesthetically pleasing alternative. The GFRG panels are composed of the same gypsum material that is compressed within a sheet of drywall but use glass beads as a filler to add strength to the otherwise brittle gypsum. The porous beads absorb the gypsum, creating a strong material mixture that can be cast into an endless number of shapes and sizes.
The panels feature a recessed tapered edge designed for the taping and mudding of the panel into place, effortlessly blending the panel with the surface where it is installed. Panels created from GFRG eliminate joint shrinking, cracking, or sagging while insuring a flush, smooth finish. Additionally, the variety of design choices (multiple sizes, pop-out or hinged, round corners, or square corners) ensures a perfect look and fit for any space.
Glass-reinforced panels complement (rather than compete with) metal access door panels, which are designed based on the necessary fire-rating for a project. Metal panels are always installed on top of the drywall rather than flush, like the GFRG panels. They cannot be installed flush with the drywall since the metal does not bond with the gypsum and leads to cracking.
Beyond their aesthetic value, GFRG access panels, are designed with convenience, longevity, and cost effectiveness in mind. They arrive ready to paint, no surface treatment necessary, and are moisture resistant, ensuring a long life free of mold and fungus. The ease of preparation, installation, and maintenance associated with these panels ensures that the project will minimize costs both on labour during construction as well as on maintenance throughout the life of the building.