Steel vs FRP
Today we are looking at the question of which is better steel vs FRP products.
How do they stack up against each other? Choosing the right material for a project is essential for ensuring the success of the project.
Impact resistance – FRP products will not permanently deform after an impact. The structure of the material adsorbs the impact, preventing damage, Whereas steel will permanently deform and potentially require repair.
Design and fabrication – Both materials offer a great degree of flexibility in design. FRP is easier to fabricate and can be done using standard tools. No cutting or welding required, removing the need for a hot works permit. With FRP being lightweight it is easy moved and erected on site. Steel often requires additional handling equipment due to the weight.
Corrosion & Chemical resistance – FRP products are both corrosion and chemical resistant. FRP is unaffected by moisture and even complete immersion. Compared to steel FRP offers superior chemical resistance, you can read more here. FRP products do not require painting or coating unlike steel which requires painting or galvanising to be suitable for certain environments.
Electric conductivity – Steel is an excellent conductor of electricity and must from grounded. FRP does not conduct electricity.
Weight – As we touched on in the design section FRP is lightweight compared to steel, but how much lighter is it? Comparable FRP products come in around 25% of the weight of steel.
Colour – Steel has to be painted to be available in colours. Paint has be reapplied to maintain the steel. FRP is made in the required colour and does not require any maintenance to maintain its colour.
- Safe non-conductive
- UV stable
- Fire resistant
- Low maintenance
- Corrosion resistant
- Chemical resistant