FRP For Architectural Design
We have unmatched design intelligence that can provide product development and support. At Beetle Composites we can create new products as well as assist you with incremental improvements. We offer great products that perform well in a wide variety architectural designs.
Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) are widely used in the architectural industry because of their design flexibility, high strength-to-weight ratio, non conductivity, low maintenance, affordability, low maintenance, UV resistance, and flame retardance.
At Beetle, our in house custom shop gives us the capability to manufacture original patterns, molds, and fiberglass components. We can turn ideas into reality. We have far reaching capabilities including CNC routers to create precision wood molds—among much else. Upon drawing/drafting approvals the design then heads to custom molding and manufacturing. Our finished product will exceed your expectations in terms of time, quality, and value.
Compared to other traditional materials such as concrete, wood, or terra cotta, the total life-cycle assessment of fiberglass contributes to its viability as a green building product. When consideration is taken for the energy consumed in production, installation and environmental sustainability, fiberglass products generate a much smaller impact than other traditional materials and can be used in ways that are less energy or carbon intensive.
Maximizes Energy Performance
One of the key attributes of composites, which makes it a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) recognized green material, is its thermal integrity—minimizes heat loss during winter and heat gain during summer.
Key Green Building Considerations
- Light Weight- reduces transportation costs, less need for heavy lifting on-site
- Less Dead Weight-less structural material is required, reduces resource consumption
- Long Lifespan-durability, resists environmental degradation
- Resistance- corrosion, rot, mildew, mold, insects; reduces replacement costs and the use of toxic chemicals used in maintenance
- Maximizes Energy Performance
- Environmentally Responsible Material Choice- LEED recognized
DESIGN FLEXIBILITY, LIGHT WEIGHT, COST-EFFECTIVENESS
FRP is a cost-effective material choice that is ideal for many types of construction. Whether it’s new construction, incremental improvement or a retrofit for structural upgrade, the light weight of fiberglass contributes to overall savings, starting with lower transportation costs. With our FRP products there is less need for heavy lifting equipment and installation is faster which result in less distress and disruption to the community.
LONG LIFE CYCLE, LOW MAINTENANCE
FRP has great structural properties such as dimensional stability and good rigidity. The rigidity and self-supporting nature of fiberglass means there is less dead weight and less structural material is required. This factor is important regardless of your industry because it contributes to the elimination of unnecessary resource consumption and bringing down costs.
FRP is often chosen over other construction materials for having a life cycle that exceeds other products by remaining resistant to rust, rot and corrosion. By increasing the useful lifespan compared to other products, fiberglass’s durability reduces the need for replacement, repair or repainting.
Our strengths are inherent in our experience; comprehensive knowledge of composites and our precision capabilities. We will design, manufacture and build for your architectural needs. Our specialized resins are perfect for a wide variety of architectural applications such as domes, cupolas, or other roof structures, cornice and other types of molding or trim, wall coverings, wall panels —to name a few. In addition, we offer pultruded structural components such as decking, walkways, handrails, as well as pultruded shapes such as beams, rods, channel, square tube, rectangular tube and angle.
FRP ARCHITECTURAL APPLICATIONS
Fiberglass Enclosures and Architectural
- Wall and wall coverings
- Canopies, Covers, Domes, Cupolas
- Columns, Column Covers, Pilasters
- Cornice and Other Trim
- Louvers and Shutters
- Walkways, Accessways
- Catwalks, Bridges
- Ladders Cage Systems
- Handrails, Crash Rails
Structural Members and Shape Components
- Channel, Square Tube, Rectangle Tube
ENGINEERING SUPERIOR COMPOSITES
We have experience that runs deep. We’ve been around for over 50 years and in that time we’ve demonstrated our commitment to engineering superior composite products for a wide range of uses, including architectural. Whatever your need, our streamlined in-house design and manufacturing capabilities will enhance your product and improve your competitive edge.