What Is FRP Grating?
FRP Grating (Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic) is also known as glass reinforced plastic grating or fiberglass grating. One of the main advantages FRP Grating has over steel is that FRP simply WILL NOT RUST. That’s why you frequently see FRP used around saltwater for walkways, docks, and hand rails. FRP Grating looks so much like steel, so you may have seen FRP at a marina and not even know it. FRP is a structural product that can be weight bearing between spans.
Work with our fiberglass grating service to ensure your flooring, handrails, walls and decks both indoors and out are fully protected against a wide range of uses and environments.
New Strength from FRP Grating
Companies across nearly all industries are starting to buy RFP grating because of the superior safety and quality it offers compared to many traditional grating and flooring materials.
When considering a fiberglass grating service and prices, it’s good to know how it stands up compared to other materials.
- Versus structural timber: FRP is resistant to warping, rotting and decay due to moisture and water exposure. Insects are also less able to damage FRP compared to many industrial woods.
- Versus structural metals: fiberglass reinforced plastic grating will not rust like steel or dent in low-impact situations like aluminum often does.
- Versus conductors: FRP is also a poorer conductor of electricity, providing safety to installers and future workers standing on the FRP flooring and grating. The material is also a non-sparking flooring that can help reduce the risk of electrical shock.
The FRP grating price is also often lower than steel or aluminum prices required to provide the same protection because FRP can perform at a much lower weight requirement.
Industrial Applications for Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Grating
Fiberglass grating is rustproof, slip-resistant, lightweight and easy to install. It combines corrosion resistance with strength, long life and safety for reliable service in harsh or caustic environments where carbon or stainless steel is not suitable (chemical processing, refining, offshore, pulp and paper, food and beverage, marine, water and wastewater treatment, electronics, plating and electro-isolated flooring).
Fiberglass grating panels are common in many construction situations, especially as vehicles and foot traffic move across different types of surfaces or elevations. These fiberglass grating panels are able to withstand very heavy loads and can be reinforced through bonding to bearing and cross bars, so that it will stand up throughout the entire construction project, oil well drilling or testing for new chemical applications.
Chlorine doesn’t hurt FRP either, so we use it in swimming pools and waterparks in to build stairs, railing, and drainage areas. Polyester resin FRP is standard and fire retardant.
FRP Grating Price & Type
There are two types of fiberglass grating; molded and pultruded.
Molded is supreme in corrosion resistance, is greatly impact-resistant and least expensive of the FRP grating options. Molded grating is able to tolerate cutouts in the panel to allow pipe or equipment penetrations, without requiring additional support around the opening. Fiberglass grating prices for molded FRP take into consideration that it performs well all-around.
Pultruded fiberglass grating combines corrosion resistance with maximum strength. It is manufactured using a unique pultruded (as opposed to extruded) process. Pultruded grating is a unidirectional grating that has a much higher glass content resulting in a greater span capability than molded products. When you buy FRP grating you may see a slightly higher Fiberglass grating prices for pultruded compared to molded because pultruded offers the highest strength-to-weight ratio of almost any flooring material.
Phenolic grating is available in molded or pultruded. Phenolic FRP is the best choice when safety is paramount. It is widely used in the oil and gas industry when slips and heat are a risk.
To determine which of these options best meets your job needs we have a full fiberglass grating overview page that fully explains FRP. Contact us today, so our experts can provide you with the best solution as well as custom fabrication information.