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5 Reasons NOT to Buy FRP

Posted by Brittany Fossier on Mar 12, 2015 1:36:00 PM


Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) can be used in a number of markets in a number of ways. It is recently gaining light because it is easy to work with and saves a great deal of money in the long run. While the decision to choose FRP may seem logical, let’s analyze some reasons you may NOT want to buy FRP.

1. You like spending thousands of dollars on maintenance

Traditional materials such as metal and wood tend to rot and rust. In order to increase the longevity of the product, you must spend money on maintenance. The products must be painted with a special, protective paint. Eventually, the paint will age, and you will have to go through the timely, tedious process of removing it and repainting the surface. This maintenance process has to be repeated several times during the life cycle of wood and metal applications. Maintenance alone is not only costly; it takes a significant amount of time, leading to downtime in production.

FRP, however, requires little to no maintenance – Saving you money and allowing your facility to work at full capacity.


2. You want your employees to get hurt

Traditional materials can be both heavy and slippery – both factors are leading causes of work site injury. Unsafe working conditions, such as slippery surfaces, often lead to accidents. There are a few possible solutions to make the surfaces less slippery, but these solutions are not extremely effective and are only temporary. Accidents come with a slew of costs – employee compensations, loss of production, lawsuit risk, etc.

FRP has a number of safety benefits. Fibergrate’s products come with a variety of extremely effective anti-slip surfaces that do not wear. This allows for far fewer slips and falls in your facility – keeping your employees safe.

An additional safety benefit of FRP is the light weight of FRP. This allows the product to be moved without overexertion – a leading cause of work site injury.

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3. You want a long, drawn out, installation process

Traditional materials, such as steel, are extremely heavy. Heavy lifting machinery is a must with these materials, adding considerable costs and time to your project.

FRP is extremely light weight and can be fabricated on site. These two aspects of FRP have proven to result in rapid installations. The material is light weight enough that there is no need for heavy lifting machinery.  FRP adds to the ease of installation because of the ability to cut the materials on site with just a circular saw.

4. You do not want your final project to last a long time

FRP is corrosion resistant which allows for the application to have an extremely long service life. The duration of FRP applications end up saving the customer a great deal because of the low maintenance and not having to spend money on replacement products.


5. You like your facility to look run-down and rotted

Metal rusts, and wood rots.  By using these materials, you facility will end up looking run down and outdated.

Due to the fact the FRP products do not corrode or rot, they are able to stay aesthetically pleasing for a long time.

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Now, the choice is up to you! 

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Topics: Fiberglass, FRP, Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic, Safety, Corrosion Resistant, Rapid Installation, Long Service Life, Employee Safety

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