Over recent years glass reinforced plastic (GRP), has massively grown in popularity. Without question, it is now the modern go-to solution but what is it that makes GRP the material of choice for so many industries? And, more importantly, is it really worthy of all the hype?
As specialists in GRP products, we could be accused of being a little biased about the advantages of working with GRP. But, here at HR Kilns Ltd, we think we’re justified in extolling its virtues and believe that, in most cases, GRP is a superior alternative to other more traditional materials such as wood or steel.
To help demonstrate our point, here we take a look at some of the main reasons why.
The pros of GRP
- It’s affordable – with minimal maintenance requirements and extensive durability, GRP can prove to be remarkably cost-effective over time.
- It’s versatile – there’s a reason GRP’s popularity has spread across all industries and that’s its versatility. Pultruded gratings, stair treads, handrails, walkways, fencing, manhole covers – the list goes on. And, at HR Kilns, we have the in-house capabilities to fabricate GRP products to suit your exact requirements – so if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, just ask.
- It’s strong – with impressively high bi-directional strength and load-bearing capabilities, few materials can compete with glass reinforced plastic.
- It’s lightweight – combine that strength with the practicalities of a product that is also lightweight and it’s obvious you’re on to a winner. Reducing overheads on manpower and time needed to manoeuvre and install products made from GRP.
- It’s resistant to corrosion – unaffected by a notably wide pH range, GRP is resilient to even the harshest of chemicals, and whilst, yes, there are other non-corrosive options available, you’ll be hard pushed to find one offering the same level of affordability.
- It’s low maintenance – hardy to all weather conditions and extremely durable. GRP products won’t corrode or rot when exposed to a wet environment, nor will they weaken on exposure to UV rays, making them suitable for a wide range of settings and uses.
- It has low theft value – troubled with theft? Whilst metal alternatives can hold attractive resale value, the residual worth held in GRP is minimal. Meaning your products are unlikely to be stolen and sold on.
And the cons?
In truth, we’re struggling here. For the many reasons outlined above, products made from glass reinforced plastic are frequently the more favourable choice.
And whilst at first GRP can cost more than alternative options, over time the ongoing expenses are virtually non-existent. Not only does this mean your initial outlay soon balances out, but also that thanks to its durability and longevity, you could soon be reaping additional savings too.
Talk to the GRP experts
It’s always important to assess the complete requirements of your specific application and to make a fully informed choice. If you’d like to find out more about GRP, and whether it might be beneficial for your needs, why not get in touch with the team? We’re always happy to chat through individual projects and to answer any questions you may have.