FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I buy PlasterMax or StuccoMax?

Since 2008, GigaCrete has manufactured and sold PlasterMax out of the Nevada factory. StuccoMax joined the lineup in 2010.

How can I buy GigaCrete products?

If we don’t have a distributor in your area, call us at 702-643-6363, or alternatively fill out this contact form.

I am a building materials distributor. How can I distribute GigaCrete’s products?

Tell us more about your company. GigaCrete is creating distribution relationships with select companies throughout the World and we are very interested in speaking with you. Please contact us at 702-643-6363 or email michael@gigacrete.com or andrew@gigacrete.com

How can I get my local building materials distributor to carry GigaCrete’s products?

If you have a local distributor that you’ve worked with for years and want to recommend them to GigaCrete, we thank you in advance for your recommendation.

What performance tests have been conducted on GigaCrete’s PlasterMax products?

GigaCrete has conducted many performance tests on its products. Intertek, one of the leading independent building materials testing companies in the world, and Air Quality Sciences have conducted all testing to ASTM and building code standards. Based on successful test results, PlasterMax was listed with Intertek under the SpecDirect national product directory, and was labeled with the Warnock Hersey Mark, North America’s most recognized product safety and performance mark for building products. In addition, PlasterMax was listed with the GreenGuard Environmental Institute in 2008 based on the product’s low VOC-emissions. PlasterMax products have been tested for compliance with the following:

  • EPA, State of California, and CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) standards for VOC emissions and indoor air quality
  • ASTM C587 Standard Specification for Gypsum Veneer Plaster
  • ASTM E84 Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
  • ASTM E136 Standard Test Method for Behavior of Materials in a Vertical Tube Furnace at 750°C (test method for noncombustible building materials)
  • NFPA 286 Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Evaluating Contribution of Wall and Ceiling Interior Finish to Room Fire Growth
  • UBC 26-3 Room Fire Test Standard for Interior of Foam Systems (ICF/SIP’s)
  • ASTM D4977 Surface Abrasion
  • ASTM D5420 Test Method for Impact Resistance (Gardner Impact Test)
  • ASTM G21 Mold and Mildew testing

 

Do GigaCrete products require nationwide ICC building code approvals?

GigaCrete’s components meet and or comply with ICC building code requirements as follows: EPS Foam ICC-ES ESR-1566.  Steel Studs ICC-ES 4943P, Track ICC-ES 2281-C43532-06. Tek Screws ICC-ES ESR 1408

Do GigaCrete’s products contain Portland cement?

No. There is no Portland cement in any of GigaCrete’s products. The company’s building materials are manufactured with mineral-based cements that offer performance and environmental advantages. The carbon footprint of GigaCrete products is about half that of Portland cement.

Are GigaCrete’s products cost competitive with other building materials?

Yes, all of GigaCrete’s products are cost competitive when compared with the
material, labor, value propositions, and performance values of other conventional building materials.

Do GigaCrete’s products have both residential and commercial applications?

Yes, GigaCrete’s products are used in single family residential, multi-family residential, commercial, medical, educational, industrial, government, and military applications, even up to Ballistic requirements.

Is PlasterMax and StuccoMax mixed and applied with conventional tools and equipment like plaster/stucco sprayers and hand trowels?

Yes, PlasterMax and StuccoMax are applied with the same tools and in the same manner as conventional plaster or stucco products.

Can PlasterMax and StuccoMax be applied in a variety of textures?

Yes, these products can be applied and finished in many textures – ranging from smooth, sponge finish “sanded” or heavier textured finishes including roller finishes applied rapidly with polyurethane texture roller sleeves over paint rollers.

Does PlasterMax and StuccoMax come in colors?

PlasterMax can be colored with water based liquid pigments. StuccoMax does not come in colors yet and can be painted with any Sherwin Williams or equal exterior paints.

Is GigaCrete selling the GigaCrete PanelSystem for use other than housing?

Yes, GigaCrete steel framed PanelSystems are available for numerous applications such as schools, religious structures, retail, commercial, hospitality, resort development, guard shacks, remote location housing, insulated water tanks, apartments and typical housing. 

Can GigaCrete be used for other things like roads, sidewalks, bridges, and foundations?

Not yet, GigaCrete manufactures finishes for existing building materials such as Cement Block (CMU) walls, ICF, SIP’s panels, Gypsum board, Magnesium Board  and many other common wall substrates.

Can only specialized people such as contractors and trade specialists use GigaCrete products?

GigaCrete’s products can be applied by contractors and those in the trades with suitable application skills. The best results should be expected from professionals and trained product installers typically EIFS, Stucco installers and Plasterers. We are also training the drywall trades who are interested in learning the next generation methods of finishing ICF walls. Please contact us for more information and scheduling free training.

Does GigaCrete export overseas

Yes, we have been exporting products since 2007 and have installations in many countries around the World.  Most countries accept US Code compliance and our Professional Engineering standards.

Are their opportunities for factory partners or investing into GigaCrete.

Yes, please contact Michael Johnson, CEO at the Nevada factory and World Headquarters.