Are FRP Panels the Solution for your Next Big Project?  We Find Out All the Reasons Why

Who says that you need to ‘Go Big or Go Home?’ We have all heard the saying and yet we simply go with what we think it means, to give it your all or don’t bother. But what if you could go big, stay and enjoy your achievement, and then go home with a big smile on your face? 

Building and the construction industry is not always as effortless, stress-free, or easy as we hope or think it is, until now. With the innovation and advancement of building materials on the rise and the popularity of contractors and entrepreneurs opting for more sustainable yet still cost-effective means of seeing their projects come to life, we now have the solution we have been waiting for. 

The extensive list of advantageous attributes that FRP panels bring to the forefront of modern building and design, and not to forget architecture, surpasses the traditional generic materials too many engineers reach for. This revolutionary material is transforming time scales, financial appeal, and certainly aesthetic integrity when it comes to construction projects, and for good reasons too. If you have a larger-than-life project in mind but are hesitant because of the extortionate costs involved, the FRP panels could be just the answer for you. Let’s see why this material is a game-changer in the world of building and how it can take your dream design to new heights (literally). 

Out with the old, or is it?

When we think of the early 1960s or even a few years earlier we are taken back in time when every home had a ‘carport’ next to the house decked out in what looked like a thick piece of plastic roofing held up by wooden beams. Or the back porch and deck area had sheets of tinted plastic that cast a gorgeous ambient glow as the early evenings rolled in, and while they were functional back then and easy on the wallet, perhaps they were not as resilient. 

Thankfully, engineering has come a long way and we now see large, skyscraper shopping malls and warehouses with buildings for as far as the eye can see decked out in the same roofing materials. But is it the same? To an extent yes, however, modern ingenuity has excelled in creating a reinforced fiberglass plastic material that is triple its strength yet as light as ever, and which offers a durability layer that is second to none. And is undoubtedly transforming how contractors approach projects.

There are many advantages to opting for this material, and with so many choices on the market why would you want to settle for anything less than the best? FRP panels are perfect for large projects and yet remain curated enough to tackle the smaller builds with finesse, it’s a win-win, and here’s why;

Water tight – FRP panels offer an overlapping design feature during installation ensuring no moisture can get between the layers, and you eliminate the risk of rust or wear and tear from extreme weather conditions as we have seen when using metal roofing sheets and panels throughout the years. 

Commercial beneficial – Forget the days when large projects and installation days caused you headaches, FRP panels are significantly lightweight making labor that much easier, reducing working costs, and are easily maneuverable on a large scale for extra-large projects.

Durable with style – Color has always been an issue with generic materials. How to stain the glass? Can the metal be tinted? Should we opt for a color wash, with FRP panels they come ready colored to your personal preferences, and can be just the element you want that sets you apart from the crowd. And you’ll be happy to know this does not compromise its durability. You can still expect a tough, resilient material that stands up to corrosion while maintaining its flexibility. 

Longevity – It is no secret that glass breaks much to easily on transport and install days, wood is tough to come by but also costs an arm and leg, certainly for the amount you’ll need if you hope to achieve a large project that makes an impact, and metal is just not appealing. FRP panels tick all the boxes, are easily manipulated and shaped to your bespoke designs and are easy to handle. Tough inside and out. 

With that being said

It could be safe to say that the 1960s certainly offered inspiration for our current building engineering with its retro chic aesthetic, only now we have the best of all the years to make modern construction that much simpler. Vintage has never looked this good.

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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