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3 Advantages to An Outstanding Application

redco-extrenFiberglass Reinforced Polymer (FRP) products offer significant advantages over traditional building materials in many applications and the benefit of a lower life cycle cost. That said, people tend to look first at the “price tag” vs. traditional materials and can become uneasy comparing the price of FRP.  The easiest way to decide whether or not the materials suit your application is counting the advantages they offer in your application. If FRP offers one advantage then it is a “good” choice and should be considered. Two advantages means FRP should be considered an “excellent” choice and at three or more advantages FRP is an “outstanding” choice in comparison to traditional building materials.

What are those advantages?

The following  list should help you decide:

Corrosion Resistance: The most well-known advantage of FRP, high levels of corrosion resistance means the material vastly outperforms steel and wood in many applications providing multiple benefits including reduced maintenance and increased safety. Please note corrosion resistance is standard in all resins.

Electromagnetic Transparency: In applications where radio waves or other radiation needs to pass through material, metals are not an option. Wood is a choice, but it is a high-maintenance option that will eventually need to be replaced and FRP (which can be worked similarly to wood) will greatly outlast wood.

Maintenance-Free: FRP materials do not require the maintenance, such as repainting or cleaning, of traditional materials. The synthetic surfacing veil provides UV protection for our products but at worst, after many years, they may slightly discolor without any effect to the structural properties of the material. This is especially useful in difficult locations where maintenance is costly or other prohibitive.

Lightweight: Much lighter than all traditional building materials, FRP can be installed quicker and more easily than other materials.

Electrical Non-Conductivity: FRP materials, unlike metals, do not conduct electricity and this can provide required safety benefits in certain applications.

Low Thermal Conductivity: Unlike metals which, in the case of disaster such as a fire, spread heat readily, FRP materials conduct heat poorly and would provide additional safety and ease of escape for workers in the event of a fire.

Fire Retardancy: FRP materials of both the polyester and vinyl ester resin types can be made fire retardant.

Ease of Fabrication: FRP is easy to work with common tools, similarly to wood.

If three or more of the advantages above are relevant to your application then Redco™ FRP is indeed an outstanding choice for your application.

For answers to your questions on FRP materials please contact us.

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