The popularity of glass reinforced plastic (GRP) has boomed over recent years, not surprising really given its many distinct advantages, particularly over more traditional materials, such as steel and aluminium. But if you’re only just discovering the true potential of this versatile product, let’s not waste any time in taking a closer look at the key benefits it offers and why you should be using it…
10 advantages of glass reinforced plastic
- Cost efficient – glass reinforced plastic offers long term cost savings for a number of reasons. Not least because – whilst it can initially cost more upfront compared to other materials – thanks to its minimal maintenance requirements and longevity, the ongoing expenses are virtually non-existent. Meaning GRP is nearly always the most cost-effective option.
- Low maintenance – designed to be durable and long-lasting, GRP is a fantastic low maintenance option requiring little to no upkeep, regardless of where it is used.
- Slip resistant – GRP can play a key role in protecting safety with its anti-slip surface. We add carbon and silicon grit to the top layer of our reinforced plastic, creating grip to prevent slips and adding to its hard-wearing qualities.
- Strong – GRP has extraordinary bi-directional strength and boasts impressive load-bearing capabilities.
- Non-corrosive – able to withstand a wide pH range, GRP remains unaffected by harsh chemicals. And, whilst there are alternative non-corrosive materials out there to choose from, few offer the same level of practicality and affordability.
- All weathers – come rain or shine the enviable properties of GRP also mean it can withstand the toughest of outdoor environments and prolonged exposure to the elements. It won’t rot in damp conditions nor will it weaken when faced with strong UV.
- Lightweight – GRP’s high strength to weight ratio further adds to its appeal. It is extremely strong yet can be up to 80% lighter than steel – making it easy to lift and move about. The result? Fitting and working with GRP is more straightforward than other materials, with the added bonus of requiring less manpower.
- Non-conductive – anywhere electrical hazards pose a threat – in particular railways or factories – non-conductive surroundings and equipment are essential. Thankfully, GRP does not conduct heat or electricity, making it a smart, safe choice for any environment.
- Versatile – adding to GRPs many attractive features is versatility. Its hardwearing properties mean it can be used for a wide range of applications including flooring, fencing panels, ladders, handrails and many more. And, here at HR Kilns, we will work with you from design and fabrication right through to installation to ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for. We provide a bespoke GRP service whereby we can accommodate all your individual requirements – including colour choice.
- Anti-theft – GRP has no theft value, meaning it holds no temptation to attract potential thieves onto your premises, saving you the hassle and expense of sourcing replacement items and keeping your property safe.
So there you have it, our top reasons why opting for GRP is a great decision – and that’s just scratching the surface. To talk in more detail about how GRP could help your business, speak to a member of the team. Call us now on 01695 557 711 or email email@example.com.