FRP is a strong and lightweight material that is often used in construction. Due to its properties, it is often more versatile and performance-forward than traditional materials such as wood or concrete. With its corrosion-resistant properties and incredible durability, it is no surprise that FRP is a top choice in many construction projects.
Though FRP is highly versatile, it does have some limitations that should be considered. In this post, we outline the basics of FRP or fibre reinforced plastics to help you understand what it is suitable for. FRP could be the ideal material for your construction project. At Spartec Composites Inc. we would be pleased to assist you with choosing and creating the composite material that is right for your project. If you have questions about FRP, we have answers. With more than 40 years of experience in the manufacturing of composite materials, we are the experts you can rely on.
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What is FRP and What is FRP Used For?
FRP is a composite material made from a polymer matrix combined and reinforced with fibres. In most cases these fibres are glass, but carbon is also an option when it comes to the manufacturing of composite materials. FRP is commonly used in construction as it does not degrade the way some traditional materials such as wood, steel or aluminum can.
FRP can be used in a wide range of applications but is commonly used in construction as panels. Used as a panel it can create strong walls and surfaces that are scratch-resistant and able to withstand high impacts. FRP is commonly used in schools, hospitals, recreational facilities and other industrial settings. Beyond walls, FRP can be used as molding and in other construction-related applications.
Can You Paint FRP?
Fibre reinforced plastics are not designed to be painted and instead can be manufactured to the desired colour preference. Though it is not impossible to paint FRP, it is not a simple task. Painting FRP involves much preparation. If you are looking for a specific colour of FRP it may be best to work with a composites manufacturer who can aid you in creating a product that suits your colour preference.
Is FRP Combustible?
One of the limitations of FRP is that it is a combustible material. This means that it is not a suitable material for every application and in many cases, safety precautions must be taken to reduce the chance of fire. In some scenarios materials such as fire-resistant carbon fibre may be the ideal choice rather than glass fibre reinforced plastic. FRP is still an ideal choice for many construction projects, but it is best to always keep in mind that the material is not always flame resistant and can be combustible depending on the type of material it is made from.
Have questions about FRP or want to learn more about how you can make your idea a tangible product? Contact the experts at Spartec Composites Inc. We look forward to offering you comprehensive design and manufacturing services that allow you to make your idea a reality.