FAQS

What does GRP/FRP stand for?

GRP/FRP is an abbreviation for Glass Reinforced Plastic or Fibre Reinforced Plastic

What are the major uses of GRP/FRP?

GRP/FRP is used to manufacture products for a wide variety of applications such as boats, cars, building claddings, wind turbines, trains, building claddings and architectural features. In fact the list is endless and the only restriction is the designers imagination.

What is fibre glass and how is it made?

Fibre glass is glass in the form of straws,that is then produced into forms to suit applications. For example Fibre Glass matt is sprayed onto a mesh with a binder to hold it into a matting form. Fibre Glass reels are spun onto a roll for spray laminating applications. In some instances different grades and types of fibre glass matt are weaved or stictched together to give speaciality matt fabrics for use in high end production, such as racing yachts.

What are the advantages of GRP/FRP?

GRP/FRP has many advantages over traditional materials used in similar applications. For examples GRP pipes do not require lining, coating, costly cathodic protection or hot welding, compared to traditional steel pipes. GRP is corrosion resistant, lightweight, has low friction for pump running costs, low lifecycle costs and a practical jointing system. For aboveground installations, GRP does not absorb as much heat from the sun as steel piping, which is an advantage for cooling process water applications. GRP is a lightweight solution for boat-building compared to the more traditional steel or wooden options. You can get equal or greater strength characteristics using GRP/FRP from a lighter construction when compared to steel or wood. GRP/FRP has good fire retardant properties for use as a building cladding so can be used as a replacement for concrete, reducing building weight and therefore a lighter framed construction can be used.

Which resins does Signature Pools and Products use?

Signature Pools and Products use polyester, vinylester and epoxy resins

Is osmosis a problem with fibre glass?

Yes, osmosis is a fibre glass problem: A bad lay up results in the fibre glass strands performing a capillary action, seeping water through the laminate, the glass fibre gets wet and ends up delaminating. To prevent this issue from the start it is best to use a high grade top Gel-Coat to cover the first layer of glass fibre.

What is the life expectancy of a GRP roof?

The life expectancy of a GRP roof is over 25 years.

I am looking for a bespoke GRP product-Can Signature help?

Yes, we have over 50 years’ experience in the GRP/FRP industry. Our European management team have been involved with production of a wide variety of products used in industries from Swimming pool construction, boat-building, building claddings, automotive products, rail and rolling stock products, decorative and architectural features.

Is the quality of Signature Pools and Products comparable to the competition?

By using the latest raw materials from world renowned suppliers, backed by our Bureau Veritas approved Quality System, ensure that the products that we manufacture are to the highest quality

Does Signature Pools and Products offer technical support?

Yes, Signature Pools and Products provides dedicated technical support to clients throughout the various project phases to ensure that the product supplied is to both the design and quality required.