Everything You Need to Know about Tiled FRP Panels
Tiled FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Panels) installed on ceilings and walls. They are installed directly over solid surfaces. FRP panels provide a scratch resistant, durable, moisture-resistant and easy to clean surface. These products are excellent to be used in restrooms, restaurants, and classrooms. FRP panels manufactured from durable polyester resin carefully reinforced with fiberglass. It provides the wall with a smooth surface. In recent times, the non-porous surface has become popular for its excellent ability to produce a stain and mold resistant surface. It protects the wall from being unnecessarily scratched.
Detailed Overview of FRP
FRP is an original composite material. It comprises of a plastic matrix reinforced and strengthened with fiberglass. The finished product created by using a mold. In most cases, fiberglass is thermoset with a broad range of epoxy resins or plastic, fiberglass reinforcements and organic fillers properly engineered to achieve a desired level of performance. The resin, often vinyl ester, phenolic resin or polyester, bonds the fibers together.
Once the manufacturing process is complete, the tiled FRP panels do not soften, flow or melt when heated. When using a mold during bonding, the final product takes the shape of the mold. It can’t reform. It’s worth mentioning that patterns come in a wide range of sizes and shapes. Due to this, FRP panels can be manufactured in any size and shape as well.
The resin can easily protect the surface against any damage. In most cases, it’s fire and chemical resistant. Filler materials reduce the amount of resin required for manufacturing FRP panels. These materials can be less expensive than resin while offering crack resistance and some level of smoothness.
Manufacturers can also use additives to increase the durability of the material. Due to this, it’s easier to adapt or process the FRP panels for particular applications or enhance the resistance of the material to ultraviolet radiation. Since FRP panels are lightweight and easily installed. Moreover, they require lighter supporting substrates or structures.
Key Performance Benefits of Tiled FRP Panels
● FRP panels can provide a very high scratch resistant surface.
● These panels can be easily cleaned with regular detergents, steam, and high-pressure washers.
● Since FRP panels are very lightweight, they are very easy to install with fasteners or glue.
● FRP panels come with improved chemical resistance and maximum sanitation protection.
● These panels can be easily installed over any wall surface. You just need to follow some simple steps to install the panels. There’s no reason to use any high tech tools.
● One major benefit of FRP panels is the high impact resistance from scratches and shattering. These panels also come with superior flexibility.
● FRP panels can help you save a lot of money when preferred over some other construction materials.
● These panels can also resist mold and mildew growth. They don’t corrode or rust easily.
Applications for Tiled FRP Panels
FRP panels come in a wide range of applications. Some typical applications include restrooms, kitchens, offices, dining rooms, hospital rooms, classrooms, recreational areas, cooling towers, hallways, and some secondary spaces. FRP panels fit over all kinds of substrates. However, you need to understand that the installation method varies from one particular substrate to another.
Installing FRP Panels Over Drywall
Installing FRP panels on all kinds of substrates are possible. However, if a contractor wants to install these panels with adhesives, it’s quite tricky but possible. You will have to use a high-quality solvent free adhesives over the porous surface, such as drywall, concrete block, plaster walls or plywood. When you’re installing FRP panels over a nonporous surface, such as wall tiles, you should sue a solvent base adhesive containing rivets. To ensure a proper installation, you should sand the tiles. It will help the FRP adhere better.
Many people wonder if FRP panels can be adequately installed flat against a wall. As mentioned earlier, FRP panels are very flexible. Therefore, they can be easily installed flat against a wall. However, just like other building materials, these panels will contract and expand according to various environmental conditions.
What Kind of Tools Do You Need to Install FRP Panels?
Tiled FRP panels fitted by using a carbide drill bit; fine tooth saw blade, laminate roller to ensure maximum adhesion between the surface and FRP, and trowel recommended by the manufacturer. You don’t need any expensive or high-end tools to install these panels.
What is the Average Size Used for Manufacturing FRP Panels?
Most companies manufacture FRP panels in 4 feet by 8 feet sections. There may also be some architectural moldings or/and trims. For small surfaces and applications, the FRP panels can fit easily to exact dimensions. In most cases, the cutting is done with a fine tooth power saw, masonry blades and carbide tip blades. FRP panels that are 0.090 inches thick weigh around 12 ounces per square foot. Therefore, a skid of about 100 - 4 x 8’ panels will weigh around 2000 pounds each.
What Can You Do to Ensure a Faster Installation Process?
FRP panels can fit with pre-laminated sheets of EPS insulation, drywall or plywood. When you use these types of FRP, they allow faster installation. Moreover, such an installation process will also produce a smoother surface. It will eliminate any need for rivets. In addition to this, before you install FRP panels, it’s better to remove the packing in the area where the panels will fit. The panels will absorb some environment elements of the place before you start the installation procedure. In the last few years, tiled FRP panels have been popular in different kinds of construction projects. Contractors have realized the benefits of using these panels to ensure a smoother service, durability, scratch resistance and cost effectiveness. With technological advancements in the industry, they will only get more popular with time.