The #1 Myth About FRP Wall Panel

FRP wall panels are used everywhere: from gas stations, to food processing facilities, to mud rooms at home. Customers are curious about the accessories, colors, and installation methods but one “speed bump” usually comes up that gives the project a pause. Customers who are looking into an FRP wall panel project tend to request smooth panels because they believe the smooth panels will maintain a cleaner, longer lasting, vandalism-resistant surface. This is a myth!

In reality, the textured FRP panels are superior. They are designed so that dirt, grime, mud, liquids, marker, etc cannot imprint. The smooth panels, while they might look a bit more attractive for the first few months, will eventually become permanently stained or defaced. The smooth surface allows filth, marker, biological waste and other contaminants to stick and gather on the surface. The textured panels on the other hand were specifically designed to resist all these contaminants. The pearly, asymmetrical surface compels grime and liquids to drain off or at least bead for easy cleaning. The bumpy surface doesn’t allow for vandalism such as graffiti as those liquid-based contaminants will also bead.

There is no catch. As the textured surface was designed to be the new ‘standard’ in FRP wall panels it is more available, and less expensive, than the smooth panels. While there are many variables to consider in your FRP wall panel project, do not waste time or money on smooth panels unless this is absolutely necessary (and you know the consequences!). For a quotation* on our Redco FRP wall panels and accessories please contact us today.

*FRP wall panel from Redwood Plastics is only available for sale and shipping within Canada.

Product Spotlight – I-6500

“You get what you pay for” is an old cliché, but in the world of construction with tight budgets and growing costs, pricing is truly a concern. When it comes to FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) grating the old open-mold type continues to be used in many applications. Molded grating is a fine product but it has deficiencies compared to the increasingly popular pultruded grating. Pultruded grating is stronger and more customizable but it does cost more.

I-6500-300x134However, with every rule there are exceptions. I-6500 grating was specifically designed to compete with molded grating on price and can be procured at or below the cost of molded grating. The grating is widely stocked across the U.S. and for many “foot traffic” applications provides both economic and performance benefits to your application. As its name would suggest, it utilizes an “I” profile bearing bar with 65% open space between the bars.

I-6500 grating is “pultrusion on budget” – for more information, contact us.

E-MAIL: sales@redwoodplastics.com

FRP Withstanding Corrosion

The saying goes “a picture is worth a 1000 words” – but what about “$1000” in savings…Or likely much more?

How much would an injury or fatality due to corroded or rotten materials cost you?

How much do you spend on maintenance each year?

One of our reps recently provided us a shot of our Redco FRP handrail installed alongside a metal handrail of a very similar profile. The contrast is remarkable:

FRP vs. metal railings

The corrosion on the metal railing is clear and is in need of costly repainting or replacement. The FRP materials will keep their strength and resist corrosive chemicals, salts and other elements. When you factor in potential safety issues and maintenance costs FRP has a much lower lifecycle cost. So, why stick with metal?

E-MAIL: sales@redwoodplastics.com
CDN: 1 800 667 0999
USA: 1 866 733 2684

Armored Plastics

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Plastics offer many advantages over metals and wood in a variety of applications. Many plastics are both chemical and corrosion resistant and absorb little moisture leading to a longer lifespan, lower maintenance downtime and reduced costs. By the nature of their components they are “armored” for protection in applications that other materials cannot stand. However, three plastics are worth highlighting for their exceptional “armor”:

UHMW-PE:

Probably the most popular thermoplastic: UHMW is very resistant to most chemicals. It absorbs virtually no moisture and is very resistant to hydrolysis. UHMW that does not have the additive of carbon black is also an excellent electrical insulator. The only exceptions are strong oxidizing acids and halogenated or aromatic compounds. UHMW combines this resistance to chemicals and corrosion with a low coefficient of friction and a high degree of abrasion-resistance.

Fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP):

FRP materials used in structural applications are highly corrosion and chemical resistant. It is a common misconception that corrosion resistance on a Redco FRP product must be requested. In reality, the basic polyester resin is strong enough for many applications. In the case of a highly corrosive application our material is available in a vinyl ester resin. Similarly, the material is long-lasting and has 80% of the strength of steel. This is combined with low electrical and thermal conductivity. Click here for an in-depth example.

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE):

PTFE is one of the most inert plastics we have, resistant to all chemicals except a few alkali metals and fluorinating agents. In the past PTFE has been subjected to tough applications such as holding or transporting uranium hexafluoride. Furthermore, PTFE is one of the top three slickest solids known and is beneficial in a variety of applications. PTFE is also heat-resistant to the tune of 500 Fahrenheit: one of the best tolerances amongst plastics.

Please contact us for more information on the strengths plastics provide in a variety of applications

E-MAIL: sales@redwoodplastics.com
CDN: 1 800 667 0999
USA: 1 866 733 2684

Wastewater Solutions

If you stop for a moment and think about wastewater treatment what comes to mind? Chances are you are you think first of a putrid smell. Perhaps an endless labyrinth of pumps and pipes surrounded by rust. Maybe algae clinging on to walls or walkways. No matter what you imagine, the words “grime” or “dirty” probably enter your mind.

While our imagination tends to exaggerate, employees of wastewater treatment know it is a very tough environment and issues with corrosion and rust are prevalent. Fortunately, plastics are well-suited to provide solutions for wastewater treatment. In the past, our polyurethane has been especially useful. Redco™ urethane has successfully replaced rubber in multiple applications and our bearing grade urethanes, Redco™ 750 and 750 SXL, outperform traditional materials like brass.

Our new FRP lineup provides a wide variety of structural solutions for wastewater treatment. Our Redco™ DURAGRID® and DURAGRATE® provide a corrosion resistant and non-conductive surface. Redco™ SAFRAIL™ provides corrosion resistant industrial handrails, ladder and cage systems that are virtually maintenance free. A few examples of our wastewater solutions are here.

Redco™ COMPOSOLITE® in use as covers

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SAFRAIL™ and DURAGRID®       pultruded grating

DURADEK® and DURAGRID®

Redco™ 750 SXL bearing grade polyurethane

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If you need more information on our wastewater solutions please contact us today.

E-MAIL: sales@redwoodplastics.com
CDN: 1 800 667 0999
USA: 1 866 733 2684

DURAGRID®, DURAGRATE®, SAFRAIL™ and COMPOSOLITE® are registered trademarks of the Strongwell Corporation

EXTREN FAQs and Resins

Redwood’s fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) lineup gets a lot of attention for the quality and versatility of our products. However, certain bits of misinformation and common questions are asked over and over. We’ve decided to write a short explanation on the different FRP resins for our EXTREN® line of structural FRP products. Here are some of the common questions:

“How expensive is EXTREN® compared to traditional materials?”

This is not a simple answer. While the upfront costs of Redco™ EXTREN® are significantly more than traditional materials, the cost over the life cycle is often dramatically less. When one factors in the costs of maintenance (cleaning/repainting) and possible replacement due to corrosion or legal issues due to an unsafe environment that leads to failure, FRP materials would be cheaper.

“Can I get UV inhibitor additive?”

All EXTREN® materials have a UV inhibitor included.

“Could you quote corrosion resistant FRP?”

All of our FRP materials are corrosion-resistant, including Redco™ EXTREN®’s “base” series 500 line. However, for environments with extreme corrosion, we offer the premium series 625 with vinyl-ester resin.

That last question is a good segway into a quick primer on Redco™ EXTREN®’s resins.

-Series 500: Corrosion resistant, UV inhibitor, polyester resin and olive green in color.

-Series 525: Corrosion resistant, UV inhibitor, polyester resin, fire retardant additive and slate grey in color.

-Series 625: Extremely corrosion resistant, UV inhibitor, vinyl-ester resin, fire retardant additive and beige in color.

For more information on the Redco™ EXTREN® line, check out this short video:

For assistance or questions about your application please contact us.

E-MAIL: sales@redwoodplastics.com
CDN: 1 800 667 0999
USA: 1 866 733 2684

Ramping Up Solutions with Mini Mesh

We recently sold 5 sheets of Prismagrate FRP Grating Mini-Mesh to a local contractor for a wheel chair ramp. The contractor liked the material so much because of the ease of use, slip resistance, non-rotting attributes and aesthetic appearance, that he bought another 8 sheets for other areas on the same job.

Ramps can be found at schools, marinas, recreation centres, churches, walkways, libraries – nearly any public area and Prismagrate FRP Mini-Mesh is a cost effective, non-slip, low maintenance alternative to wood ramps.

Prismagrate FRP Grating Mini-Mesh flooring system is easy to install, has high load capacity and is extremely long lasting making it ideal for a variety of outdoor applications with high aesthetic demands.

Click here for more information on Prismagrate FRP Grating Mini-Mesh or contact us:

E-MAIL: sales@redwoodplastics.com

CDN: 1 800 667 0999
USA: 1 866 733 2684