The FRP Advantage

Wood rots. Steel rusts. Aluminum dents. Fiberglass reinforced plastic lasts.

Traditional building materials have their place. But for harsh, corrosive environments, Bedford fiberglass reinforced polymer (FRP) structural members are a smart choice.

Bedford structural fiberglass has the strength of steel at a fraction of the weight. The benefits of FRP members are that they won’t corrode, rot, attract insect damage or conduct electricity. It can be formed into countless FRP profiles to fit your specs. And decades later when those other materials need to be replaced, it will still have plenty of life.

In short, fiberglass pultrusions give you a different way to solve your design challenges — one that can reduce costs and improve performance in the long run. To maximize these benefits, however, it’s best to design with the properties of FRP in mind from the start. Our engineers and fabricators can help, so contact us with your questions.


Steel vs FRP

Bedford FRP vs. Steel Bedford’s fiberglass reinforced plastic is highly corrosion resistant. So unlike steel, it won’t rust when it’s exposed to harsh weather and chemicals. It’s also nonconductive and impact resistant. Pound for pound, our FRP structural members are stronger than many steels in the lengthwise direction, and weigh up to 75% less. Compared to steel, Bedford FRP offers these advantages:

  • The strength of steel at 1/4 the weight
  • Simple fabrication with standard tools — no welders or cutting torches
  • Molded-in color and resin options, including fire retardant