What are the benefits of using pultruded profiles?

Always on the lookout for new, better ways of doing things? Keen to make efficiencies and savings wherever you can but without compromising on safety or standards?

Who isn’t? The question is, how do you do it?

Here at HR Kilns, we have a simple solution – switch to using GRP pultruded profiles. With a lengthy list of desirable qualities, including being exceptionally strong, lightweight and versatile, they make an excellent, cost-effective alternative to traditional materials such as steel and timber.

Here we take a closer look at exactly why GRP pultruded profiles make a great choice and how you could benefit from using them.

 

What is a pultruded profile?

The term pultrusion comes from ‘pull’ and ‘extrusion’, but what exactly does it mean? Extrusion is the process of pushing a material through a shaped die, as opposed to pultrusion, where materials – such as fibreglass and resin – are pulled through.

The pultrusion process starts with rolls of fibre mat or fibre roving. This raw fibre is pulled off racks and guided through a resin bath or resin impregnation system. The combined mixture is then pulled through heated equipment where the profile is cured into its final desired shape before being cut into specified lengths.

Although on paper it might not sound like it, pultrusion is actually a relatively simple process and one that has been used for many years. It is a method that guarantees consistent quality paired with exceptional strength and can be easily tailored to meet your specific requirements. Pultruded profiles can be simple, or can feature more complex cross-sections, depending on the intended use.

 

Why opt for GRP pultruded profiles?

There is an abundance of great reasons why GRP pultruded profiles make a superior choice. Benefits include:

  • Lightweight

Despite being up to 80% lighter than steel and 30% lighter than aluminium, GRP pultruded profiles offer equal levels of performance. This translates to easier handling and lower installation costs.

 

  • Superior strength

The high glass to resin ratio of GRP boosts strength (rivalling that of steel) and increases rigidity and shock resistance.

 

  • Cost savings

Thanks to its lightweight properties, you can make savings through reduced transportation and on-site handling and installation costs. Add to this the fact that GRP pultrude profiles also have an excellent lifespan and require minimal maintenance, and the resulting positive effect on your budget can be significant.

 

  • Safety

Non-magnetic, non-sparking, non-conductive, fire resistant – these are just some of the excellent safety features offered from GRP pultruded profiles. Covering such a broad range of safety elements, makes them suitable for a wide range of applications and environments.

 

Order your GRP pultruded profiles today

At HR Kilns we offer a wide range of GRP pultruded profiles, with everything from Square tube and I-shape through to round-tube and kick plates available.

View the range online now to find out more, or to place an order, get in touch with the team. You can call us on 01695 557 711, email sales@hrkilns.com or request a call and one of our GRP specialists will get back to you.

Every GRP pultruded profile manufactured here at HR Kilns, meets BS EN13706 E23 standards. And don’t forget – if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, we also offer a bespoke service too. So, what are you waiting for? Start benefiting from using GRP pultruded profiles today!

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