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Fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) Mini-Mesh is a completely underused product for the DIY community. The product is a grey fiberglass mesh with small (3/4″ x 3/4″) openings and comes in standard sheet sizes of 4′ x 12′ and 4′ x 10′. The Mini-Mesh replaces metal and wood in flooring applications and offers significant advantages over both materials. FRP Mini-Mesh will not rust, will not corrode, will not suffer termite attack, will not absorb water, and can withstand UV exposure from the sun. It is virtually maintenance free requiring only cleaning as you deem necessary. The small size of the openings in the grating is designed to prevent objects such as keys from falling through below.

This makes the product excel as a deck or a dock. FRP Mini-Mesh is lightweight and easy to install – the easiest way is to build a frame out of metal angle and anchor the FRP sheet in. Specialized hardware called “M-clips” are available for a few dollars apiece to anchor the Mini-Mesh into the frame but if the frame is measured properly this anchorage is often not needed. The Mini-Mesh will supply a long-lasting, weather resistant, near-zero maintenance deck or dock.

The design parameter you most need to be concerned with is span. FRP is very strong; however, it is also more flexible than metal or wood. This means that as the span gets wider the FRP will store energy when you walk on it (flex down) and then push back up. On large spans, this effect can destabilize the individual leading potentially to a fall. Spans between 1.5′-3′ are high recommended and load tables can be supplied.

The only potential drawback to the product is the cost involved compared to metal or wood. The FRP grating will be significantly more expensive than metal or wood alternatives (several hundred dollars per sheet before freight costs) so not everyone will have the budget. However, you “get what you pay for” and the advantages of FRP over competing materials is well worth the price premium. For questions or pricing on FRP Mini-Mesh contact us today.

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Fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) has proven itself as an excellent material for use in industrial applications but there are many applications that enterprising and “handy” members of the do-it-yourself community should consider. FRP is electrically non-conductive, will resist weathering, and will not rot or rust.

1.) Docks/Walkways/Ramps – FRP molded sheet

FRP makes an outstanding material for weather resistant, and rust/rot proof, ramping and docks. With the proper design, the sheet can safely sit in a trough without requiring mechanical bolting or affixation. FRP sheet comes standard with a “meniscus” anti-slip surface but panels with a grit surface are widely stocked. The panels will be more expensive than comparable wood or metal (about $300-$400 U.S. dollars per 4′ x 10′ sheet, before freight) but for the do-it-yourselfer looking to make a long-lasting, premium design, FRP is an outstanding selection. There are even “mini-mesh” options available to help prevent small items such as keys from falling through. For me information on FRP molded sheet, click here.

2.) Wall protection – FRP wall panel

FRP wall panels are everywhere but do a thankless job and you may rarely notice them. When you’re in a convenience store or food processing area, have you ever noticed an embossed, pebble-like white or grey wall covering? This is FRP wall panel. It is chosen because it is very low maintenance – it lasts for a long time and is easy to clean. It’s also readily available in white 4′ x 10′ or 4′ x 8′ sheets, all being .090″ in thickness which is the industry standard. It is commonly affixed via a special adhesive that can be purchased alongside the sheet and it would be ideal for workshops, mud rooms, bathrooms, or any area where walls need to be protected from dirt, grime, moisture, etc. For more information on FRP wall panels contact us here.

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Fiberglass reinforced plastic has many applications from architectural systems to boats. Certain fiberglass brands have better UV protection than others but all will benefit from a coating of industrial coatings, what we will call “paint” for the rest of this article. The three in question are polyester, polyurethane and epoxy based paints. The components of either paint are volatile organic compounds, polymers and pigments. The volatile compounds is the liquid part of the paint, meant to cover the surface and then evaporate leaving the polymers and pigments. The polymers bind the pigment to the substrate. It is the pigment itself that offers the UV protection in these coatings.

Preparation is essential. The surface being painted must be clean without moisture or oils. Picking the correct paint isStrongrail_2 essential as well. Using polyester on polyester is recommended, as is epoxy for marine applications or those involving extreme temperature variations. Polyurethane paints are a good general purpose paint for non-marine applications.

At the time of application, humidity should be below 60% with a temperature of no more than 90 degrees Fahrenheit or less than 65 Fahrenheit. This ensures the paint dries at the appropriate rate. Painting can be done with a sprayer or using the “roll and tip method.” For more information check out this useful blog entry here*.

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*The information provided does not constitute instructions. All individuals must do their own research prior to any activity and we take no liability for incorrect paint choice or application.

Stop and think for a second. Imagine you are considering a project that will use FRP panelling. Now think about what is important to your installation – what comes first to mind?

Color of the sheeting?FAST_GRAB

Embossed or not?

Do you wonder “How do I fasten this?”

What about the adhesive?

That last question is especially important but might not have come first to mind. The adhesive keeps the panel in place and on the wall and incorrect application of the adhesive can ruin your entire project. In addition, the application of the adhesive is not as simple as “apply and hold” like glue. A few tips…

-Ensure the surface you are putting the FRP sheet on is clean, dry with all holes patched (ok, this one is common sense!)

-Allow the FRP to acclimatize for 24 hours to your room temperature before installation

-Apply the adhesive at 50-90 farenheit

-Use a v-notch trowel

Did any of those above come as a surprise? If so you may find this FRP installation guide useful.

Remember, do your research before you start any project!

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We might think of painting, staining and replacing rotten or corroded decking as just part of life – but it doesn’t have to be! Fiberglass reinforced plastics offer many advantages over traditional metals or wood. One product, STRONGDEK™, offers a combination of architectural beauty, ease of installation and is essentially maintenance free. It was designed to be a replacement for traditional decking which rots, chips and will eventually require resurfacing or extended maintenance. STRONGDEK™ will last much longer than traditional materials and as long as you keep it clean, it will look just as good as the day you installed it.

strongdek-closupSTRONGDEK™ is available in standard 12″ widths and 24′ lengths although custom lengths are available. The two standard colors are an attractive light grey or beige. Installation is simple – the lengths interlock via a simple panel lock (see picture). Simply line up the lengths and push the hook into the grove trough. This has the advantage of no exposed fasteners such as screws or nails.

While more expensive than traditional materials, STRONGDEK™ offers something metal and wood cannot – the ability to enjoy a beautiful deck while spending significantly less time on maintenance, permitting you more time to actually enjoy your deck…For many, many years.

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Short on ideas for using engineering plastics in your home projects?

Just a few ideas… 

UHMW-PE Synthetic Ice

  

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Polycarbonate Roof

 

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UHMW Polo Mallet

FRP “No-Maintenance” Ramp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Inspired to work on an application yourself? Questions?

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Enjoying the waterfront is a popular summer tradition. Time spent boating and enjoying the lake is a part of many pleasant summer memories. The dock, that “staging point”, for this tradition is an important structure and safety concerns should not be overlooked. Many private docks are made of traditional materials such as wood or metal that eventually rot or corrode. This not only means an expensive replacement of the dock but that it could be putting people at risk.

Plastics do not rot, rust or corrode and there are several solutions available. FRP or “Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic”mini-mesh-frp-grating outperforms traditional materials and can be completely immersed in water for its lifespan. FRP have 80% the strength of steel and is an ideal solution for marine applications. Many private and public docks have integrated FRP materials, such as mini-mesh or pultruded grating, and the results prove FRP’s resiliency.

Fiberglass reinforced plastic lumber is a similar material that is well suited to a marine application. The fiberglass reinforcement of the lumber results in a high degree of strength, yet the material looks similar to wood and adds a traditional beauty. Redco™ plastic lumber is available in a variety of colors and multiple board profiles.

 

 

For more information on how plastic can assist in your application:

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