Fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) also called GRP is a thermoset plastic composite constructed from many combinations of polymer resins, organic or inert fillers, fiberglass reinforcements. Metal/wood frames or embeds engineered to achieve a desired performance from the product being produced are used to secure the FRP/GRP to suitable structural substrates. The greatest advantage of a fiberglass composite is the design flexibility it offers to architects, designers and fabricators, and the long-term durability of the material with paintable surfaces or integral colors.
• Can be produced in virtually any shape, parts can be precision engineered. Curved, ribbed, corrugated or perforated components are just some of the possibilities.
• May be supplied in an extensive array of finishes – smooth or textured and in a range of colors or primer ready paint grade surfaces.
• Is amongst the strongest of all building materials with strength characteristics consistent with concrete, steel or aluminum. (Kg for Kg fiberglass is stronger than steel)
• Provides a long service life as this durable material will stand-up to decades of harsh weather. Although readily painted, color can be integral to the gel coat face thus providing a low maintenance, UV-resistant long-lasting product. FRP/GRP is also corrosion resistant and can therefore be used in harsh or extreme environments.
• Is lightweight therefore requiring less labor and lighter supporting structures or substrates, thus reducing the cost of construction and installation thereby speeding up construction
• Can be supplied as a Class-A fire rated product thereby making it an excellent choice for most facets of a building's exterior or interior architectural façade systems.