When considered alongside more traditional forms of building material, there are many advantages to using glass reinforced plastic (GRP).
Our in-depth guide – What is GRP? – discusses the properties of GRP and how it is manufactured. In this guide, we will outline why the combination of advantages that GRP possesses, make it such a versatile and durable building material.
The physical properties and engineering characteristics of GRP are what make it such a unique proposition as a construction product. Here are the main benefits of GRP:
There are many advantages to GRP when compared to other building materials, especially when it comes to safe access.
GRP is an effective electrical insulator and so does not conduct electricity. This makes it invaluable as a building material where potential accidents around high voltage installations could occur. Unlike steel & iron, GRP does not rust. This lack of corrosion also means that a GRP access structure will maintain its structural integrity to give a much longer service and be able to withstand harsh weather conditions throughout its life.
GRP feels warm to the touch, which makes it highly suited for handrail applications, especially ones intended for public use.
Wood can be a great and versatile building material but is heavy and expensive. One major drawback of wood is that even when treated, it will rot and degrade over a relatively short period of time. Wood can quickly become home to boring insects, moss and mould. Wood is porous and expands and contracts with seasonal humidity, moisture and heat. This puts stress on the wood fibres in the structure and will cause wear and tear.
Eventually, even the most expertly crafted wooden structures will crack and weaken, needing replacement.
Evergrip both stocks and manufactures a large range of GRP products in the UK. Our expertise is in products for safe access and support, including structures and anti-slip surfacing solutions.
Get in touch to discuss your project with our team. We have over 20 years’ experience manufacturing and installing GRP products, and have the knowledge and insight needed to help you complete your project.
27th March 2020
We would like to reassure all customers and enquirers that we remain open for business, while carefully following Government guidelines issued here:
The majority of our administration staff are working remotely and we have rostered production staff to make numbers available to meet demand.
We are able to provide the full range of our standard products from stock to serve any ongoing requirements you may have and will be pleased to receive any invitations to quote for future projects.
At the present time, in accordance with social distancing regulations we will not be conducting face to face meetings with business partners until further notice. However it may be possible to arrange video link meetings if required, please contact us for further information.
Collections of orders from our workshops are possible, by prior arrangement only please and visitors are reminded to observe the standard 2m distancing rules, for the safety of all.
Our transport partners are all providing us with a normal service.
We will update this statement if required and following any further guidance issued by the UK Government.
We wish you well.