Fiberglass Grating and the Many Possibilities
A marine soul at heart, everything in my life somehow can relate back to the ocean, the beach or boats. For those that have read my other blogs, you already know this. It is a regular occurrence for me, and living so close to the great lakes, even when I am unable to get my ocean fix I can still take a brief trip to one of Michigan’s Great Lakes. In fact, just yesterday I was out on Lake Michigan on a small fishing boat, reeling in some large king salmon, and that was just a Wednesday night. So it is no wonder that when I hear fiberglass I immediately think boat.
Fiberglass was first invented in 1938 by the Owens Corning company. It was meant to provide home insulation. While this is still a popular use for the material, today the name refers to a broader range of materials. For most, it defines a material that contains thin fibers of glass to provide reinforcement. They are composed mainly of the fiber and glass, and the ratio of the combination will affect the characteristics the substance will have. So in the case of boats, we are talking about a glass-reinforced plastic. And, in the case of fiberglass gratings, we are often referring to the same type of substance.
A trusted alternative to metal or polymer gratings, a fiberglass grating can be useful for walkways, decking, stair treads, ramps, drain grates and much more. They can occasionally be found on the floors of boats or docks for draining purposes. They are built to be reliable, durable and long lasting. They are also valued for their low maintenance offerings. If you are involved in food processing, beverage processing, chemical, transportation, textile, water and wastewater treatments, fiberglass gratings can be the perfect addition to operating procedures.