Our FRP Grating Installation Guide
When planning a building project and designing reinforcement, it’s important to remember the installation. Leaving installation as an afterthought can make the actual construction process difficult and complicated. If you’re including fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) grating in your project, you can count on fast and easy installation thanks to many great properties of the fiberglass grating:
- Light Weight: Our fiberglass grating is significantly lighter than the equivalent amount of steel or aluminum
- Flexibility: You can enjoy ease of installation and positioning thanks to the flexibility of FRP grating
- Cutting and Trimming: FRP can be cut using simple hand tools, with no need for heavy industrial equipment
Ideal for horizontal, vertical and curves surfaces, FRP grating from Marco Fiberglass makes your reinforcement building projects simple. You can accomplish more in a day thanks to the lighter weight and speed with which our grating can be cut, positioned and installed.
While every custom project requires specific attention to detail, the basic steps for installing our FRP are always the same. Even if you don’t have any experience installing fiberglass grating, you’ll see that it’s easy to do. Simply follow our installation instructions for FRP grating to save time and effort:
- Measure: Start by measuring the sections of reinforcement grating you need. Due to the ease with which our FRP grating can but cut and trimmed, you don’t need to worry about overlap, meaning you can quickly measure the basic shapes and sizes you need.
- Cut: With simple hand tools, you can make the cuts you need for your various grating panels. Last-minute trimming can be done as you pre-position the panels to check for fit-up. Cut all the panels you will need for your job, so you are ready for the next steps.
- Prepare: Depending on the surfaces you are reinforcing, you will need to perform different prep steps. In general you need to clean your surfaces and remove any debris. For certain cement and plaster applications, you will need to install a first layer or base.
- Install: Position your FRP grating where it needs to go. In some horizontal or ceiling applications, you will need to wire or tack it in place. With most materials, you will have 10-15 minutes available to reposition, though it is ideal to secure your FRP in place from the beginning.
- Cover, fill and smooth: The last step is covering your FRP grating so that it is embedded in your cement, plaster or other medium. If surface finish is important, you will need to trowel, smooth or compact for the desired finish and leave it to dry accordingly.
Marco Fiberglass can help with your installation by custom fabricating all our products including molded or pulturded FRP. Our knowledgeable, friendly sales staff is here to guide you installing our structural shapes as well.
Using fiberglass grating from Marco Fiberglass can save you time, effort and money compared to many other building reinforcement materials.