Fiberglass is a derivative of glass, similar to that of windows and drinking glasses. For the fiberglass to be formed, it is heated until molten and then passed through superfine holes. This creates extremely thin glass filaments with the same properties and a wide variety of uses. Fiberglass is being used for construction purposes for ages now. It has been gaining recent popularity as the uses have been increased, providing incredible benefits and very few to no drawbacks.

Fiberglass is considered one of the lightweight materials that are used for construction. Although aluminum is lighter than fiberglass, it doesn’t offer as many benefits like durability and affordability. Lightweight material reduces the cost of the project, saves costs in terms of transportation, and allows the construction to be done much faster than heavy materials. In addition to that, fiberglass is one of the more affordable materials that are available for construction.    

Blue Fiberglass for SideWalks

METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION

Consisting of fine glass fiber sheets, when they are needed to be made into a structure, they need to be pasted together like paper mache, but instead of glue, a special type of resin is used with it. A cast of a supportive structure is used to form the desired shape. The cast can either become a part of the structure or be removed by using wax or oil before using the cast’s fiberglass.

After the structure is assembled, the fiberglass fibers can be glued in capes consisting of resin until you reach the desired thickness. After the fiberglass has dried, you can send the product to give it a smoother finish.

FIBREGLASS IN MODERN CONSTRUCTION 

Fibreglass decorative architectural elements are quickly becoming the preferred choice of builders and architects for many reasons but specifically because the composites are much easier to install and maintain in the long term. Their cost is also lesser than that of the others.

With the help of fiberglass decorative elements, it is possible to achieve ornate styles that would not have been achieved using the other materials. In terms of uses, fiberglass is suited for decorative applications as it can be molded into fine, intricate components.

Fiberglass is mostly used as structural shells as they are lightweight and easily assembled. When prefabricated, they can also act as an alternative to concrete or wood in designing complex shapes while keeping them light. The fiberglass shell structure needs a substructure to contain it as it is not stand-alone.

Fiberglass Window Shed

BENEFITS OF USING FIBREGLASS

One of the most beneficial properties of fiberglass is insulation. It is also widely used as an embellishment or even as a complementary embellishment. One of the main reasons why fiberglass is gaining popularity is because of its corrosion resistance. It possesses incredible durability while allowing a wide range of materials to be able to bond to it. Fiberglass composite is highly resistant to almost all acids, corrosives, abrasives, and oxidizing agents. In addition to that, fiberglass does not suffer from any sort of acidic expansion, decreasing the number of drawbacks that the use of other materials can cause. 

Fiberglass is also made to withstand extreme weather conditions with little to no damage.

Fiberglass is a very strong material, and this property makes it suitable for such building applications as cornices, exterior shutters, domes, and bridges.

Furthermore, fiberglass is completely waterproof. It does not absorb any water, and neither is corrosive when liquid. This makes fiberglass ideal for building roofs and other exterior installations. Fiberglass is now being used in every aspect of construction. Being lightweight and easy to work with the material, the emissions associated with transport are also much less than other materials.

Fiberglass is a very versatile construction material that increases the strength of the metal counterparts while also adding insulation properties. Unlike concrete, it is much lighter, easier to work with, and also lasts longer without needing maintenance.

Fiberglass is a durable material. It is impact and corrosion resistant and has a moderate weight and strength ratio. It is highly flexible and can be made into various shapes and materials that are used industrially and commercially.