Glass reinforced plastic (GRP) is a composite material commonly known as fibreglass. Composites are materials combined from two or more materials with different physical or chemical properties to create a material with characteristics of both materials. GRP is a composite made from resin and glass, which results in a strong lightweight product. The glass is in the form of either chopped strand mat, woven roving or glass strands. Aramid or Carbon fibres can be used when additional strength is required for advanced applications.
GRP can be used for a multitude of applications as it is extremely adaptable and versatile. From Flat Roofing to Boat Repairs, Fibreglass has many properties which can’t be found in ordinary building or repair materials.
Advantages of GRP
Unlimited Design Potential
The unique attributes of GRP allow it to be moulded and engineered to almost any shape or design. This allows for unlimited design possibilities. It can also be engineered with virtually any finish, colour or size. These design capabilities has seen an increase in the use of GRP as a choice material for Engineers, Architects, Designers and Builders.
In recent years, the overall costs of GRP Materials have decreased. Competitive prices combined with its long life expectancy make it an economical alternative to traditional building materials.
GRP is traditionally a lightweight but very strong material which appeals to a variety of industries and types of users. Again, GRP will provide lots of advantages for a wide range of products thanks to its light weight and low-maintenance requirements. It is an attractive feature for architectural and building projects. Other industries where GRP use is prevalent are; leisure, marine, automotive, aerospace, transport, defence to name but a few.
Lack of Constraints
Imagination is the only inhibitor when it comes to what can be achieved with GRP. As GRP can be designed, moulded and finished to the desired specification there are minimal limitations on its design and production capabilities.
Aesthetics and Finishes
GRP can be finished with a choice of matt, semi-gloss or high gloss coloured topcoat or gelcoat. The gelcoat is applied prior to the product being moulded ensuring a high quality finish.
In highly corrosive environments Topcoat will perform much better than most paints.
Various textures can also be achieved by adding different finishing materials e.g. Surface Tissue to mould the product. In comparison to traditional building materials, GRP components will finish with a sleek contour and a superior moulded appearance.
GRP is corrosion and weather resistant which makes it a perfect component for most indoor or outdoor products. It is a popular alternative over metal, wood, or plastic. Where exposure to harsh environments is a concern, GRP can aid resistance to UV light, extreme temperatures, salt air, and a variety of chemicals. As GRP is chemically inert and corrosion-resistant it is often a cheaper alternative to stainless steel.
Its longevity and long life expectancy is superior compared to traditional building materials particularly in highly corrosive environments. Once materials are applied correctly, GRP structures will enjoy a long life span with GRP Pond and Roofing Projects lasting in excess of 20 years.
Easy to Maintain
GRP Products are extremely easy to keep clean and require little or no maintenance. They will not rust or corrode which makes them highly durable and cost effective.
Choosing FibreGlassDirect for GRP Materials
Tricel, trading as FibreGlassDirect has been at the forefront of the manufacturing and distribution of GRP Materials for over 40 years. We began selling online in 2009 from our successful distribution centres in Gloucestershire and Newry, UK. We operate from both these collection and dispatch depots, which has allowed our comprehensive GRP product range to grow year on year.