Versatility of a Fiberglass Grate System: 3 Things to Know

Did you know that fiberglass is made from molten glass that’s pushed through superfine holes?

The glass filaments created this way are so small you can measure them in microns. This is far from the only amazing thing about fiberglass. Fiberglass can be mixed together with plastic in order to make a much stronger product.  This is what makes fiberglass infused plastic an excellent material for grate flooring.

There’s a reason it has taken the world by storm. Are you wondering why it’s worth the investment? Keep reading to learn all about the versatility of a fiberglass grate system with these three fun facts.

1. It’s Great for Turf and Porcelain

Most new commercial and residential buildings have rooftop patios with a variety of spaces for tenants to enjoy.  One popular design feature include turf areas for yard games and pets.  Porcelain tiles are also a popular choice for rooftop patio flooring.  But, what you may not realize is all that goes underneath these areas to support them.  On rooftops, the entire patio area must be elevated off the roof surface in order to protect the roof membrane and allow water to flow properly to the roof drains.  But, when being elevated, neither turf or porcelan tiles can support the weight of all the activity that happens on top of them.  So, fiberglass grates are placed on top of pedestals and provide the solid support system for just about any flooring you may want to place on your roof. 

2. Fiberglass Is Much Stronger Than Plastic

Fiberglass grates can hold up to 2,300 lbs of deadload making them much stronger than plastic grates.  Unlike plastic grates, fiberglass can be cut to any size and shape without losing strength.  This makes design options limitless.  Due to their strength, fiberglass grates are also much thinner than plastic grates, which makes them a viable option even for buildings with low doorway thresholds.

3. Adhesives Stick to Fiberglass

Did you know that adhesives and epoxies don’t stick to most plastics?  Once the adhesive is exposed to freeze/thaw or high temperatures, it peels off the plastic.  So, plastic grate systems that require sticking turf or porcelain down to the grate will inevitably fail shortly after installation.  But, epoxies stick very well to fiberglass.  Additionally, fiberglass grates have a gritty surface on one side which helps keep pavers or turf from moving as well as helping the adhesive stay in place.

Are You Ready to Invest in a Fiberglass Grate System?

Now that you’ve learned about three fun facts relating to the versatility of a fiberglass grate support system, you can invest in one for your personal use. Once you try fiberglass for the first time, you’ll never want to go back to plastic grates again.

Skydeck USA can provide you with a wide range of rooftop patio solutions. From fiberglass grate panels, concrete and porcelain pavers to ipe deck tiles and turf, our customers know they can put their trust in our expertise.

Feel free to look over our frequently asked questions or contact us now.

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