Glass Fibre-Reinforced Plastic (GFRP)(also known as GRP or Glass-Reinforced Plastic)is a polymer composite material. A composite plastic refers to the bonding of two different materials to create a product with unique properties. FRP compromises of polymer resins reinforced with fibresthat are made out of such materials as glass, carbon and basalt. GFRPs have become widely used in applications involved in the aerospace, automotive and construction industries.
First developed in the mid 1930s, Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) has become a staple in the building industry. Originally used merely for the construction of parts, the architectural advantages of GFRP were inadvertently discovered in 1967 with the attempted destruction of Disneyland’s “House of the Future”. Built between 1956 and 1957, the futuristic house was constructed entirely of fiberglass. When the attraction was deemed no longer necessary, it was scheduled to be destroyed in 1967. Amazingly, the wrecking ball merely bounced off the structure. It was at that point that the possibilities of GFRP were recognized and its use began to increase. By 1994, nearly 600 million pounds of composite materials had been used by the building industry. Today, Gulf GRC & trading co, provides a variety of GFRP products to help our clients meet their building needs and realize their unique aesthetic visions.
Gulf GRC in-house design and drafting teams will work closely with you to capture your ideas on paper. Once all drawings have been approved, our sculptors will carve a model that meets your specifications.
Next, a mold will be constructed. Depending on the level of detail, it may be fabricated from fiberglass, steel, wood, or rubber. A carefully designed mix of polyester or epoxy resin and alkali-resistant glass fibers will then be sprayed into the mold. Virtually any shape or form can be molded in this manner.
- High Strength: GFRP has a very high strength to weight ratio. Mechanical strength that is strong and stiff for its weight that can out-perform most of the other materials (ASTM D7565, D3479, D7264,D5961, D6873)
- Lightweight: Low weights of 2 to 4 1/2 lbs. per square foot mean faster installation, less structural framing, and lower shipping costs.
- Seamless Construction: Dome and cupola sections can be adhered together to form a single watertight structure.
- Mold: GFRP Can be Molded Into Complex Shapes: Virtually any shape or texture can be produced.
- Low Maintenance: Research shows no loss of laminate properties in GFRP after 30 years. With minimal maintenance.
- Beauty: MoldedGFRP can be meet to your needs. Bronze, wood, stone, iron, and coral can all be replicated.
- Color Variety ( RAL code gel coats / paints and custom colors)
- Weather Proof (ASTM D570, D5229)
- ResistantSalt Water, Chemicals, and the Environment: GFRP is unaffected by acid rain, salts, and most chemicals.
- Composite: GFRP Can be manufactured with other materials ( sandwich methods) to provide unique property advantages.
- Stability: GFRP products don’t corrode nor change shape.
- Anti-bacterial:Bacteria can not survive on surface.
- Fire Resistant: Meets the requirements for Class 1 flame rating.
- Excellent Thermal Properties: Used as a thermal insulator in high heat radiation areas.
- Project Planning Advantages: Locally produced GFRP end items provide a costing advantage due to no shipping charges, more precise material control, reduced delivery time, improved lead time planning
- Project Costs Savings: Low weight to strength ratio, minimal support structure needed