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Difference Between Steel and FRP Gratings

6/12/2012 5:23:46 PM | by Anonymous

Gratings

Gratings are being utilized both for industrial and domestic use. Some of their applications are the handrail that we can usually find in schools, ventilation cover found on the ceiling and drainage cover. It is also being used for hygienic purposes such as flooring for livestock shed. The openings in gratings allow it to be easily cleaned and to dry fast. The other advantages of using gratings would also depend on the material where it is made from.

 

The different materials where gratings can be made up of are steel and fiberglass. The earlier material being used in creating gratings is steel. It is a no wonder since steel is known for its durability. It is heavy in weight and bulky which are features that can assure one of its capability to handle heavy loading. Despite of these advantageous characteristics, they have also been the reasons why some consumers do not make use of this material.

 

Some choose FRP because it is cheaper than steel. It can weigh half as much as steel but can be equally strong as the latter. Most industries prefer fiberglass reinforced plastic because it is chemical and corrosion resistant. In order for steel to possess these qualities, it has to be painted with a special coating which tends to be costly. The paint will be removed overtime which means it has to be maintained adding up more on the expense.

 

Another advantage of using fiberglass grating is the installation cost. Since it is light, no forklift is needed to transport it and may only require two people to carry it. It is also flexible which means producing and customizing it is easier which is why it is cheap. In order to design steel, it has to be cut with saw or used with blow torches. The best part with fiberglass gratings is that it is stylish and can be painted with any color you want.

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