GRP – Glass Reinforced Plastic

Glass Reinforced Plastic – commonly referred to both by its initials GRP and its generic, catch-all term fibreglass – is a versatile material with an almost endless list of applications. Its tensile strength and ability to be moulded into virtually any form means that it is rapidly becoming the material of choice for a whole range of industries.

As the UK’s leading manufacturer of GRP, here we take a look at the properties, manufacture and uses of glass reinforced plastic.

  • Stronger than many metals by weight
  • Versatile – GRP can be moulded into virtually any complex shape or form
  • Can be used to replicate and replace original architectural features
  • Suitable for a whole range of environments – external, internal or even hazardous locations
  • Cheaper and more flexible than carbon fibre
  • Non-conductive
  • Highly resistant to corrosion
  • Lightweight material – lighter than steel equivalent by up to 75%
  • Low maintenance
  • High impact resistance
  • Easy to install
  • A whole range of finishes and textures is achievable
  • Enables the design and build of whole structures, rather than smaller parts that require assembling


Glass Reinforced Plastic

Uses of GRP

  • Building Cladding
  • Surfboards
  • Storage Tanks – including for storing hazardous materials
  • Architectural Features such as columns, coving and dormers
  • Boats
  • Protective Equipment such as helmets
  • Wind-turbine Blades
  • Bicycles
  • Roof Features and Chimneys
  • Pole-vaulting Poles
  • Water Slides
  • Pipes
  • In the telecoms industry for shrouding antennae, due to its low signal attenuation and radio frequency permeability properties
  • Parts of, or even the entire body of, cars
  • Orthopaedic Casts
  • Lorries
  • Rowing Shells and Oars
  • Walkways
  • If you have a project that would benefit from using Glass Reinforced Plastic, get in touch with us here at IJF Developments: our specialist design and technical team are ready to help you at every step of the way.

    Glass Reinforced Plastic

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