Why fiberglass is better choice for structural material?

Trying to decide new material to use for the structural development project, fiberglass may be the better choice.

There are a number of structural material to consider when engineering and designing a new structure, and Fiberglass Reinforced Polymers could be the right choice. These materials have outstanding properties that are better suited for a variety of environments.

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FRP, or Fiberglass Reinforced Polymers, certainly aren’t new to the marketplace.

FRP’s have been around for many years, but it has taken some time for them to become universally accepted around the world, by Engineers, architects, and developers. FRP’s, for commercial use, have been extensively researched since the 1930’s, however, Engineers, architects, and developers, being unfamiliar with the material and uncertain as to which grade of FRP is the correct one, sometimes overlook FRP as a structural material.


Understanding FRP plastics and where they are best suited is important, and comes from an understanding of the products strengths and weaknesses.

There are many grades of FRP’s and not all of them can be used for the same application. Although all fiberglass products are not created equal, FRP products generally share these characteristics:

  • Lightweight – Weighs 80% less than Steel
  • Corrosion Resistant
  • Low Conductivity – Thermally & Electrically
  • Nonmagnetic – Electromagnetic Transparency
  • High Strength
  • Dimensional Stable
  • Low Maintenance

fiberglass pultrusion profile

The end result:

1) Fiberglass Reinforced Polymers becomes an excellent substitution for steel, aluminum, concrete or wood. In cases where the use of traditional products comes into question, such as situations where there may be rotting or corrosion, FRP products are often a much more sound choice. These FRP products typically last longer, are easier to maintain, and improve safety.

2) Significant cost savings are also a key benefactor when choosing FRP products. Not only because they have significant longevity and are virtually maintenance free, but also because the materials are lighter. The reduced weight decreases shipping costs and makes installation easier, which saves time during the construction phase.

As an example, in a wastewater treatment facility, FRP was used as an alternative to galvanized steel for handrails, ladders, and walkways; the installation was 50% faster due to the lightweight materials and ease of assembly.

fiberglass molded grating

Although they have many uses and applications, Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer products are typically available in two major product types; structural shapes, grating.
Structural Shapes

FRP Pultruded Structural shapes are produced in hundreds of shapes and are a strong, lightweight option for platforms, walkways, structures, floors, ladders, panels, decking, enclosures, handrails, and covers.

For more information of FRP Pultruded Profile:

1) About Pultrusion Profile: http://www.maplefrp.com/what-is-frp-and-frp-pultrusion.html

2) Our Profile Standard: http://www.maplefrp.com/frp-pultrusion-profiles.html

3) Latest News of Frp Pultruded Profile: http://www.maplefrp.com/category/latest-news/frp-profile-news


Frp Grating

Grating is available in both molded fiberglass grating and pultruded grating, and is best suited for higher traffic applications, like walkways, docks, drainage grates, and platforms.

For more information of FRP Pultruded Profile:

1) About Molded fiberglass grating: http://www.maplefrp.com/frp-grating-produced-maplefrp-consist-12-advantage.html

2) How to installed the molded fiberglass grating: http://www.maplefrp.com/install-molded-fiberglass-grating-correct-deflection.html

3)Latest News of molded fiberglass grating: http://www.maplefrp.com/category/latest-news/frp-grating-news



On 09, 4, 2014, posted in: FRP Grating News by

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