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  • Writer's pictureKaitlyn Pibernik

All you need to know about Fiberglass

Fiber Glass is a material that Corporate Engineering uses to make all of its products: from commissioned, mass-produced pond molds to artisan, one-off sewage treatment plant covers. Fiber Glass is a versatile material that can be used for many useful things -- and Corporate Engineering has that skill mastered. From the beginning inquiry to the end result when your product is being fitted and finished, you can expect exemplary quality and a great experience from GRP Covers.





This month's feature is a fact-based article on interesting facts about fiberglass -- its many uses span its environmental benefits to its well-known sound structural integrity. As a durable and very popular building material, fiberglass is used around the globe for a number of projects. Let's find out some interesting things about fiberglass, so you can feel proud to use this material in your construction process.





The real name for Fiber Glass is 'Fibrous Glass' or 'Glass Wool'


Fiber Glass is just a trade name, and the actual name for it is Fibrous Glass or Glass Wool.




A fiber is a particle that is at least three times as long as it is wide.


The main fiber-forming substance in fiberglass is, you guessed it, glass! This is why, when touched, fiberglass can become stuck in the skin and can be quite painful. It is always recommended for this reason that all technicians wear thick and protective clothing when handling the material.




Fiberglass is over 93 years old!


Fiberglass was first used in the 1930s for home furnace filters and insulation. However, the use of fiberglass also dates way back to 1836 when Ignace Dubus-Bonnel received the world's first patent on a method of making fiberglass composites.


At the time, fiberglass was hard to make thin enough to be completely flexible, and no reliable method of mass production existed.





Asbestos VS Fiberglass?


Asbestos is naturally occurring, while fiberglass is man-made.


Asbestos has always been present in some soils and rocks.


Fiberglass began being commercially synthesized in the 30s. Both may have thin fibers, but one is man-made.




What is Fiberglass made of?


Fiberglass is a combination of resin and glass fibers which creates a fiber-reinforced plastic.




How is Fiberglass made?


Fiberglass is made by adding resin to the glass fibers. Different resins can then be added to make the product stronger, tougher, and less brittle.




What type of resin is used in Fiberglass?


The majority of all fiberglass parts are constructed using polyester resins, it's the most widely used type of resin in the composites industry. Polyester resins require a catalyst to cure or harden, typically methyl ethyl ketone peroxide (MEKP).




If you have any questions about a potential project, please email sales at sales@grpcovers.com thank you!



 

To conclude


As a known industry leader, we’re used to working with all types of customers - local or global, large or small.

Exceptional quality is the foundation of our company, and is the driving force behind all decisions; whether it’s which materials to purchase or the best way to serve our customers.

We work in a highly competitive field, so we’re constantly investing in technology and research to make sure we stay ahead of the curve.

Our commitment to quality guarantees our success and your satisfaction.


Please send an email to sales@grpcovers.com with any enquiries you may have, or for a faster response, call us on 01189701366 between 9am and 4pm to speak with our office team.

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