How GRP is Used in Structures

Without a doubt, finding the right solutions to meet building projects in terms of individual components can certainly be a challenge. With so many constraints in terms of quality and budget, it goes without saying that the search to find the best products for the job can prove to be demanding. Our last blog took us on a journey to discover how GRP, or Glass Reinforced Polyester, is used within flooring. As one of the most vital areas in terms of safety, we looked at this crucial use of GRP and the benefits it can deliver. In this blog, we’re going to consider how GRP is a superb choice for structural builds.

GRP – a great alternative


As within all areas of industry, versatility is key for components. Which is why GRP makes for a superb building material. Frequently known also as fibreglass or FRP, it has far more uses than conventional thermoplastics which are most often used within projects and builds.  GRP is incredibly strong and highly durable, with a particular benefit that it has a lifespan of over 75 years.

With sustainability being the name of the game in the building industry, it’s absolutely vital to find competitive solutions for structural products that deliver results while being kind to the planet at the same time. GRP uses are certainly numerous, which makes it an ideal natural solution to industrial-style materials.

Created from micro-fine strands of glass fibres, when woven together it creates a strong and flexible fabric which comes ready moulded. This means that you have a ready-made solution which is fully ready to be fitted either inside or around the item that is to be created. And thanks to its aluminium oxide aggregate surface, GRP has an ultra-strong diamond-hard exterior. This makes it particularly suitable for harsh environments. With no maintenance or upkeep required, it is without a doubt a financially competitive choice that delivers resilient results.

Talking structures

GRP applications are certainly numerous thanks to its long-lasting properties; regardless of the size of project or build. Whether a residential or commercial site or a build for the education sector, GRP makes for a popular option thanks to its resistance to corrosion from chemicals, harsh weather or even strong chemicals. For structural builds, there is such a huge emphasis on finding the right components when it comes to durability, resistance and stability, and GRP is the perfect choice that meets every demand.

GRP is highly popular for so many projects in construction thanks to its increased structural integrity and flexibility. Frames and shapes are made much easier, thanks to the versatility of GRP being able to be easily moulded. Compared with traditional materials, GRP makes previously challenging projects including unusual architectural features like domed roofs and curved walls a reality. Making it a brilliant choice for innovative design too. A great benefit of GRP is that it is quick to create and install, which also makes it a great choice for temporary builds.

For extensive structural builds such as bridges and roads, GRP is an excellent choice; combining the demanding properties of high strength and durability against tough exterior conditions with the added benefits of reduction in time and cost in installing the components. Within building projects, GRP provides strength through insulation and extra support when used as a filler inserted between wall panels. On the exterior of a building, the use of GRP for cladding and canopies means that walls benefit from further protection from tough weather conditions.

When used in home builds, GRP can be beneficial in many areas. Customers are frequently demanding more aesthetically pleasing options, which is another reason why GRP is a great choice. Thanks to its translucent properties, it can easily be manipulated and moulded to deliver superb decorative effects that traditional materials were unable to provide. In doors and roofing, GRP has the added benefit of being energy efficient too; making them ideal for being cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

In the engineering industry, there are many applications where GRP makes for an ideal solution. For large vessels such as boats, tanks and other vehicles, its durability and strength-related properties are a huge benefit. Not only does it provide a lightweight option, but GRP has huge cost reductions too, thanks to its ability to reduce fuel consumption whilst limiting maintenance costs.

GRP – Plura delivers

With so many structural options, GRP provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ that truly delivers. At Plura, our POLYdeck™ range of products means that builders and developers have instant access to the ability to effortlessly blend materials into the natural environment. Whether for a vast bespoke project or a combination of components, GRP is a truly sustainable solution for all budgets and standards, regardless of industry sector.


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