Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic (GFRP or GRP) Fiberglass is a type of fiber-reinforced plastic where the reinforcement fiber is specifically glass fiber. The glass fiber may be randomly arranged, flattened into a sheet (called a chopped strand mat), or woven into a fabric. The plastic matrix may be a thermosetting plastic – most often epoxy, polyester resin – or vinylester, or a thermoplastic.
GFRP - Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer - First developed in the mid 1930's, Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer / Plastic (GFRP) has become a staple in the building industry. Originally used merely for the construction of parts, in 1967, the architectural advantages were discovered with the attempted destruction of Disneyland's "House of the Future." Built in 1956-7, the futuristic house was built entirely of fiberglass, and when the attraction was no longer deemed necessary, it was scheduled to be destroyed in 1967. Amazingly, the wrecking ball merely bounced off the structure, and the possibilities for GFRP were recognized and began to grow. By 1994, nearly 600 million pounds of composite materials were used in the building industry. Today, Architectural provides a variety of products in GFRP to fit your building needs and aesthetic vision.