Composite material systems are compounds that are a result of combining and processing different elements to meet certain performance and appearance requirements. These finished composites are stronger than the original components.

Composite material systems are almost as old as human history. Mud and straw is an example of a form of composite, with the mud acting as a resin matrix while straw is the reinforcing fiber.

Fiberglass Reinforced Polyester (FRP) is a composite material system consisting of a plastic resin matrix, glass fiber reinforcement and other additives. FRP allows for greater design flexibility previously prohibited by the limitations of traditional building materials.

FRP is non-corrosive, strong, lightweight, maintenance free, and can be erected efficiently and economically. Per unit weight, FRP is among the strongest commercial materials available. Pound for pound, FRP is stronger than concrete, steel or aluminum.

 

Some quick FRP facts:

  • It is non-corrosive, strong, lightweight, maintenance free, and can be erected efficiently and economically.
  • The molded-in surface coat, that contains the color, is resistant to ultraviolet attack and airborne contamination.
  • It has excellent weather, heat, chemical, and fire resistance properties.
  • The finished shape can be curved, corrugated, ribbed, or contoured.
  • It weighs less than two pounds per square foot of surface area, and is among the strongest commercial materials available. Pound for pound, FRP is stronger than concrete, steel or aluminum.
  • It is virtually maintenance free.

 

 

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