Graham FRP Contact

Graham FRP Contact


What is FRP?

FRP, fiberglass reinforced plastic (or polymer), is a composite made from fiberglass reinforcement in a plastic (polymer) matrix.

What is FRP panel made of?

FRP is a laminate, consisting of chopped glass fibers and polyester resin. The top textured surface is resin rich resulting in a scratch resistant top surface.

Where can FRP be used?

FRP panel is used wherever a bright, durable, sanitary, highly cleanable wall & ceiling is required.

Where are FRP most common applied?

FRP has been used in numerous applications including food processing plants, animal barns, car washes, cold storage warehouses, convenience stores, commercial kitchens, lunchrooms, public shower rooms & washrooms, schools & hospitals, restaurants and supermarkets.

Has FRP been tested?

Glasliner FRP has been accepted by CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency), USDA and also tested according to Can/ULC-S102-M88 and ASTM E-84 by independent laboratories.

Is FRP easy to maintain?

The textured surface is designed to shed dirt & grime. Normal cleaning procedures are all that is necessary.

How will FRP react to various chemicals?

FRP will not stain or corrode. It is impervious to most mild acids and alkalis.

How will FRP react to temperature variations?

FRP will withstand temperature extremes of –65°F to +212°F. It will however, expand or contract with temperature variations. Allow a 1/8” gap at ceiling and base and a 1/16” gap between panel and division bar. Allow more space for panels longer than 8’.

Can FRP panels be installed immediately upon delivery?

FRP panels should be unwrapped, stacked and stored indoor in a dry area. The panels have to be allowed to stand at ambient temperature at least 24 hours prior to installation. If at all possible, raise the room temperature above anticipated operating levels. The panels will contract as the temperature goes down.

Can FRP be installed over most substrates?

Yes, FRP can be installed almost on all substrates by mechanical installation method. However if customer want to install FRP panels by adhesive, one can use solvent free adhesive only over porous surfaces such as concrete block, drywall, plywood or plaster walls. For non-porous surfaces such as ceramic tiles, the use of solvent base adhesive with rivets may be required. The tile surface may also need to be sanded for better adhesion.

Does the substrate need any special preparation?

Make sure substrate surfaces are non-painted, clean and dry. Wall surfaces such as concrete or plaster wall should be smooth & flush. Since Exceliner will follow the contours of the substrate, major imperfections in the substrate may telegraph through the product. Furring may be necessary.

How is FRP applied?

We recommend that you follow our “installation guide”. Traditionally, mechanical fastening of using nylon drive rivets is accepted. However for best result, we recommend to use only high quality construction adhesive with bare minimum of fastener if necessary.

Does FRP lie flat against the wall?

FRP panels are flexible enough to lay flat. However all FRP panels will expand & contract according to temperature change. If installation is not done according to the recommendations, some times this expansion may result in bulges. If the panels have been mechanically fastened, these bulges will not affect the performance of the panel in any way.

Is there any way to eliminate this problem?

Yes, FRP may be supplied with factory pre-laminated to sheets of plywood, E.P.S. foam insulation board or drywall. This speeds installation and eliminates the need for rivets resulting in a smooth “wall paper” finish.

How do you finish the joints and corners?

We have special PVC moldings to be used to finish the joints & corners. Standard silicone caulking is most commonly used for a moisture tight seal.

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Can FRP be cut on the job site?

FRP can be cut using a power saw with a fine tooth, carbide tip blades or masonry blades.

Can FRP be installed over existing metal panels?

Yes. Some skilful & experienced installers can install Exceliner onto existing metal panels especially in walk-in coolers with solvent base adhesive by a “cohesive” method. Sometimes metal fasteners have to be used together to do a perfect job. Pre-drill holes (use 3/8 drill bit) in Exceliner on 16 centers. Using pre-drilled holes on FRP as a pilot hole, drill metal with a bit no larger than 9/32. Seal all joints with a silicone sealant.

Can FRP be painted?

Painting FRP is not recommended because the color pigment is built into the resin system for manufacturing of the FRP panels & the color is all through the panel. The finish is also designed to be a non-adherable surface. If painting is necessary, a high quality epoxy or acrylic-based paint is suggested.

Can FRP be used as a bathtub or shower surround?

Yes. FRP panels are non porous to moisture when installed vertically to the wall, so Exceliner can be used as a tub surround. There will be seams as the panel is mostly supplied in 48 widths. Install the seam to the far end away from the faucet or shower head. Caulk all the joints with silicone caulking and leave expansion room at the joints.

Does FRP mold?

No. FRP does not support the growth of mold or mildew.

Is smooth FRP easier to clean than embossed?

No. Embossed panels have been tested to be as cleanable as smooth panels. Embossed texture resists scratch marks better than smooth finish panel, and maintain an acceptable appearance longer than smooth panels.

What is the weight of FRP panel?

FRP Panels in 0.090” thickness weigh about 12 ounces per square foot. A skid of 100 – 4×8’ panels weighs approximately 2000 lbs each.

Can I get FRP in other colors?

Yes. Besides bright white color, Glasteel also has stock of almond, beige, ivory, light grey, black & silver.

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