Structural Fiberglass

Structural Fiberglass: 2021 Outlook

Structural fiberglass is a form of FRP that is exploding in usage across a wide variety of industries.  Its popularity is due to it being lightweight, stronger than most traditional materials, and more durable. It won’t corrode like steel, doesn’t rot like wood, and it maintains its structural integrity in the harshest environments. These properties…

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FRP

What Are The Benefits Of FRP Vs. Traditional Materials?

A: FRP has so many more advantages than traditional materials—traditional materials being wood or steel. Fiberglass is 1/3 the weight of steel and is corrosion-resistant, won’t rot, and does not need painting. When you’re choosing materials for building structures and other industrial applications, there’s no shortage of traditional options. Materials such as wood and steel…

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Structural FRP

How Is Structural FRP Installed?

A: Structural FRP can be installed by using hand tools such as drills and circular saws. All the corners and pieces are put together mechanically, typically with 3/16 stainless steel bolts. Because FRP is 1/3 the weight of steel, you don’t need big heavy equipment, riggers and crane operators in there. A lot of this…

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How Do Waterparks Use FRP?

A: Fiberglass is used in all types of waterparks—mainly because they have to treat the water with chlorine, so the water is very corrosive. Fiberglass is used for access towers for areas of egress, it’s also used for sump covers. Even in general public areas as well where there are features that are ADA compliant.…

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Is FRP Used For Meat Processing Plants?

A: Absolutely, structural fiberglass (FRP) is an excellent building material for this kind of facility. Mainly because at the end of the shift, they have to clean the facilities. Typically, it’s highly corrosive bleach to clean the equipment and there’s where FRP’s corrosion resistance comes into play. It’s used typically in access level platforms, trench…

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Is FRP Waterproof?

A: Absolutely FRP is waterproof. Just like other building materials, it does have an absorption rate to it, but it’s very minimal compared to wood or something along those lines. When building structures in environments that encounter a lot of moisture; whether it be some substances or water—corrosion is always a major concern. In these…

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What Are The Different FRP Products and What Does Defi Specialize In?

A: FRP stands for fiber-reinforced plastics. It’s a generic term which can be used for different types of products in the marketplace. For us, we specialize in structural fiberglass—as in fiberglass channels, beams, square tubes, and fiberglass grating for walking surfaces—that is our specialty. We will take finished goods from the manufacturer and create fiberglass…

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FRP: How Strong Can It Really Be?

A: Pound for pound, structural FRP is as strong as its steel counterpart. Now, that doesn’t mean that you’re going to change an 8-inch steel beam with an exact 8-inch fiberglass beam. With a fiberglass structural beam, you may have to go a little bit thicker or deeper in the structural members. If you recognize…

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FRP Painting: What You Need To Know

A: Absolutely FRP can be painted. There are going to be several steps that need to take place to prep the product you’re going to paint. You’ll need to grind the product down to the fiberglass strands so the paint has something to adhere to. Once that is done you can paint the fiberglass all…

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What Is The Difference Between FRP And GRP?

A: FRP stands for fiber-reinforced plastics, it’s a term typically used stateside here in North America. GRP is a term that means the same thing. But it’s generally used over in Europe and Asia and stands for glass-reinforced plastic. The backbone of the industrial revolution has always been thought to be led by the steel…

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How Is FRP Made?

A: FRP Is made in a variety of different ways depending on the product you’re making. Ours at DEFI is mainly made by the open mold process, hand layup, and the pultrusion process. FRP is not a new invention. In fact, FRP was invented over 110 years by Leo Baekeland, an American chemist who emigrated…

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What Is The Difference Between FRP And Fiberglass?

A: Fiberglass is a very generic term and can mean a wide variety of different products. FRP stands for fiber-reinforced plastic. Generally, it’s a term used for our type of fiberglass—grating, structurals, and the like. If you do a Google search for fiberglass products, you may find the terms “fiberglass and “FRP” used interchangeably.  Honestly,…

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What Is The Life Span Of FRP Products?

A: FRP can last a very long time due to its corrosion resistance and UV stability. So, one can expect FRP products to last at least 20-25 years. When it comes to structural building materials that last, streel has long held a position at the top of the industry. This is for good reason too—steel…

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Is FRP Cost Effective Compared To Other Materials?

A: Historically, fiberglass, whatever the product or the part is—is 1 to 1.5 times more expensive than its counterpart, say in steel. What you get with that is a product that’s going to last a lot longer because your product life cycle is a lot longer. The Justification For FRP Cost Is Solid When it comes…

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Custom Fiberglass Fabrication? No Problem.

Custom Fiberglass Fabrication? No Problem. At DEFI Fiberglass we specialize in custom fiberglass fabrication to suit any industry or application. We can manufacture FRP product according to any specifications you require. Our products are corrosion-resistant, flame retardant, non-conductive, and offer superior strength-to-weight ratio vs. steel.      Case Study: Manufacturing Plant Request In this…

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Can FRP Be Used For Boating Docks?

A: That’s an excellent application for fiberglass. The reason being is that the corrosion-resistant nature of fiberglass, also being a UV stable product—you don’t have to worry about UV degradation. In addition, because of the open area of fiberglass grating, it allows the pressure from waves to be relieved through there. So, you don’t have…

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What Is The Difference Between Molded And Pultruded Grating?

A: Molded fiberglass grating is made by hand. It’s manufactured in an upside-down waffle iron and it consists of 65% fiberglass and 35% resin. So, what that means is that you have a highly corrosive-resistant product. Conversely, with pultruded grating, it’s 65% glass and 35% resin so it’s a very high-strength product for long Fiberglass…

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What Type Of Maintenance Is Needed For FRP?

A: Virtually, none. Since FRP is corrosion resistant and UV stable, you really don’t have to do any type of maintenance to it. Fiber Reinforced Plastics (FRP) are composite materials that are unique and valuable source material in many respects.  One of the most appealing attributes of FRP is that they are adaptable to just…

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What Is The Lead Time For FRP Grating?

A: It depends upon the product that you order and your application, but typical lead time should be upwards of maybe two or three days or sometimes, it could be two or three weeks. It depends on the application. FRP grating from DEFI is a widely used alternative to traditional materials in applications across the…

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Is Fiberglass Stronger than Steel?

A: Pound for pound, fiberglass is just as strong as its counterpart in steel. So what that means is, that if you have a beam that’s a quarter inch thick for instance; it would not necessarily be a quarter inch thick in fiberglass. So we may have to go a little bit deeper, a little…

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Industries That Are Winning With Fiberglass

The fiberglass industry that DEFI leads in is quite a varied one. With our FRP products reaching hundreds of industries in its versatile application, it’s hard to find an industry that can’t benefit from the use of fiberglass. Many of our clients, when seeking our products, know the solutions they are looking for, but honestly…

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Fiber Bloom and Pultruded Products

When it comes to workplace safety with harsh environments, having durable grating structures and materials can be a challenging task. At risk are two key elements: the safety of workers and the performance of the materials used in your grating. Metal grate structures have long been the standard since the dawn of the industrial age…

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Do Waterparks Need Structural Grating?

Surely waterparks and chemical processing plants couldn’t have anything in common, right? Not so fast. Waterparks and chemical plants are more similar than you might think. So, what do waterparks and chemical processing plants have in common? Corrosion Issues!   What Causes Corrosion? Waterparks attract millions of visitors each summer. In fact, over one million…

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Why Does Customer Service Still Matter?

In a day and age where quality customer service seems to be on the decline, we believe our unbelievable customer service is what separates us from our competition. Here are three reasons why customer service STILL matters.   1. Treat Others the Way you Want to be Treated In today’s culture that is centered around…

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Why You Should Choose D.E.F.I.

For any sort of industrial project, finding all of the fiberglass products that you need can be very difficult. However, here at D.E.F.I. we can meet all of your Houston fiberglass needs. We’ve listed a few reasons why you should choose D.E.F.I. Fiberglass for your next project.   1. We are Pioneers D.E.F.I is a…

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3 Significant Advantages of Pultruded Fiberglass Grating

Finding the right materials for your next project can prove to be a difficult task. However, here at DEFI Fiberglass, we provide a simple solution to your project’s grating needs. We will touch on a few reasons why you should choose pultruded fiberglass grating from DEFI Fiberglass for your next project.   1. Increased Workplace…

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Is Fiberglass Grating Better than Steel?

For many, steel is the grating material of choice due to its low upfront costs. But does it really offer the best value? Is there another material that is better than steel? In most aspects, fiberglass grating is superior to steel. In fact, when compared head to head against steel, fiberglass that is manufactured into the same…

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Why You Should Trust DEFI Fiberglass Products

Why You Should Trust DEFI Fiberglass Products When it comes to finding a quality source for structural fiberglass and fabrication for all your industrial needs, you need to look no further than DEFI. While we are known for our pultruded fiberglass grating we offer so much more to the industrial sector. With over 40 years…

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Top Ten Workplace Safety Tips

Given that a majority of our fiberglass grating products are used in industrial environments we feel an affinity to being proponents of proactive workplace safety.  In the latest report by the U.S. Department of Labor, there were 2.9 million workplace injuries. These numbers can be greatly reduced with a more vigilant effort in increasing awareness…

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Grating Products Are Crucial To Your Business. Learn Why!

If you are reading this blog, chances are you are in the business of manufacturing or some type of industrial component of the process. If that is true, then you know that risk management, safety protocols, and facilities maintenance are some of your biggest operating expenses. Much of these expenses comes in the form of…

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Why Are Fiberglass Grating Systems Important?

Why Are Fiberglass Grating Systems Important? In the industrial sector, risk management is one of the biggest areas of concern in the workplace. Workplace accidents for Houston companies are on the rise and it is a challenge for many companies every day. The innovations in workplace safety precautions have come a long way and advanced…

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Fiberglass Fabrication

5 Ways Structural Fiberglass Can Improve Your Business

When it comes to structural building materials, traditional materials such as steel have their place for obvious reasons. Steel is rigid, durable and considered heavy duty. Many people, however, do not realize that Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic or FRP is just as strong as steel in many applications. In some cases, structural fiberglass actually has many…

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