Fiberglass and Plastics
I have known about fiberglass since I was very young. My dad thought it was necessary for me to understand almost everything about boats from the moment I could walk. Not that I am arguing, I would love to live on the sea if I could, so I love anything I can learn about it. I am getting off topic, where I was going is fiberglass is often used for the siding of boats. This is because it is water resistant, durable, strong and able to provide numerous other benefits. Yet, this is not its only use. Fiberglass is an excellent material to use for various gratings.
Plastic gratings are popular options for a number of industries in addition to marine and offshore such as chemical, refinery, pulp and paper, water and waste water, electronics and food processing. Plastic grating is a simple alternative to metal grating, with fiber reinforced plastics, or fiberglass, being the most common form. It is often chosen instead of metal because it is light-weight and can be easily fabricated into custom designs. Fiberglass is a strong, corrosion resistant material and able to offer impact resistance. All of these characteristics make it easy to see why fiberglass gratings are often employed in the offshore and marine industries.
One use in the marine and offshore industry that this can be very beneficial is docking structures. While wood is a cheaper solution, fiberglass could be a more heavy duty and reliable solution especially in areas that might be frequently walked on. They are able to withstand the weather and elements better than their wood alternatives, making them a more cost effective solution in many ways in the long run. Sand or dirt that could build up on wood decking could become slippery, as is the wet wood from time to time, however, plastic gratings are able to avoid these hazards.