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Choosing FRP for Dock and Deck Grating That Will Last

Posted by Fibergrate Marketing on Mar 25, 2024 1:32:59 PM

Choosing FRP for Dock and Deck Grating That Will Last

What’s even better than having a boat? Having a boat dock. On the other hand, that could just add to the amount of maintenance required to enjoy your waterfront lifestyle. To avoid the hassle of constant repairs, you need to choose the right material. That's where FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) dock decking comes in, offering a robust and versatile solution that extends the life of your dock while minimizing upkeep with durable deck grating.

Understanding FRP Dock Grating

FRP decking is made of fiberglass strands embedded in a resin matrix, creating a lightweight yet strong material. Unlike traditional dock materials like wood, concrete, and metal, FRP boasts a unique blend of advantages:

Unmatched Durability: Resistant to rotting, splintering, cracking, termites, and corrosion, FRP withstands harsh sun, saltwater, and freezing temperatures, outlasting other options by decades.

Minimal Upkeep: Say goodbye to sanding, staining, and sealing! FRP requires only routine cleaning and retains its appearance year after year.

Factors to Consider When Choosing FRP Deck Grating

With its impressive qualities, FRP emerges as a clear contender, but delving deeper reveals key factors to ensure a perfect fit for your dock:

Long-Lasting Performance: Look for high-quality resins and manufacturing processes that guarantee your FRP decking will stand up to the elements over time.

Maintenance: Opt for low-maintenance surface finishes that minimize cleaning and prevent dirt buildup.

Load-Bearing Capacity: Choose a thickness and design that accommodates expected weight loads, including pedestrian traffic and any boats or equipment that may put strain on the infrastructure.

Element Resistance: Select FRP decking specifically designed for marine environments, offering strong resistance to water, UV rays, chemicals, and corrosion. Fibergrate’s Aqua Grate is specifically engineered to withstand corrosive conditions associated with recreational and marine applications. 

Slip Resistance: Ensure the chosen FRP has a textured surface that optimizes traction, even when wet, prioritizing safety for all users.

ADA Compliance: For public docks, verify the grating bar spacing adheres to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. This means mobility device users can easily traverse the decking.

3 Popular Composite Dock Decking Applications

The versatility of FRP extends beyond its inherent strengths. It shines in various dock and decking applications:

Marinas and Boat Clubs: Create a visually appealing and safe environment for boaters with FRP decking that withstands heavy traffic and diverse weather conditions.

Corinthian Yacht Club dock decking

Fibergrate's FRP grating panels at yacht club

Boardwalks: Design stunning and durable boardwalks that resist wear and tear while providing a comfortable walking surface for all visitors.

Molded Grating at Beaver Creek composite decking

Fibergrate's composite decking used for boardwalk

Fishing Piers: Equip your fishing pier with FRP decking that can handle intense sun exposure, salty air, and the weight of enthusiastic anglers.

ADA Fishing pier composite dock decking

Fibergrate's FRP decking used for fishing pier

Conclusion: Build Your Dream Dock with the Strength of FRP

FRP decking presents a compelling solution for those seeking a long-lasting, low-maintenance, and safe option for their dock. Explore Fibergrate’s products and set sail towards a worry-free future with the strength and versatility of FRP!

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Topics: Fiberglass, FRP, Benefits, Corrosion Resistant, Light Weight

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