10 Top Uses for FRP Grating

Fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) grating from Bedford is used worldwide in hundreds, perhaps thousands, of applications and industries. After all, FRP grating is more resilient and impact resistant than aluminum or steel grating. It has a very high strength-to-weight ratio — less than half the weight of steel — so it’s easier to handle and less expensive to transport.

Bedford PROGrid® molded grating products and PROGrate® pultruded grating products are available in a variety of safety colors and can include anti-skid coating. They have excellent load-supporting capability, even when covering long spans. And, of course, Bedford fiberglass-reinforced plastic grating systems are corrosion resistant, fire resistant and won’t rust, warp, or conduct electricity.

Installation is easy, too. In addition to the light weight, Bedford FRP grating installs with just ordinary tools — no welding needed! You can also use our pre-assembly service and kitted shipments to save even more time.

In short, it’s no wonder you can find FRP grating solutions in use for walkways, platforms, catwalks, stair treads, trench covers and much more. Fiberglass grating is designed to stand up to these applications. But of all the many uses, what are the most popular applications for Bedford fiberglass grating systems? Let’s take a look.

1. Floor Grating

1. Floor Grating

Floor grating is used as a flooring surface in many applications. FRP grating is lightweight and is easily installed with common tools. It can be outfitted with an anti-skid surface to minimize workplace fall hazards and maximize safety in the workplace. FRP floor grating’s multi-directional strength makes it easy to use in a variety of locations.

Low maintenance, impact resistance and high load capacity makes Bedford PROGrid® FRP molded grating an ideal choice when selecting floor grating.

2. Deck Grating

2. Deck Grating

No matter the size or shape of your deck, fiberglass grating can be ordered to meet your needs. The ease of installation and the high strength-to-weight ratio of FRP matched with FRP’s non-corrosive and non-conductive properties make it a go-to option for decks. In addition, FRP won’t rot and is insect resistant.

Easy assembly and different grid patterns help make Bedford FRP grating the choice for decking.

3. Trench Grating

3. Trench Grating

From covering trenches for standard foot traffic to covering trenches for vehicular traffic, FRP grating can be engineered to suit your needs. Whether you need a standard or a heavy-duty grating, they all offer the corrosion resistant, non-conductive benefits that come from using any FRP grating product. FRP’s ability to withstand the elements, even in harsh environments makes it an excellent choice for trench grating.

High strength and resistance to corrosion ensure Bedford FRP grating provides long-lasting service in the trenches.

4. Catwalk

4. Catwalk

While pultruded and molded FRP grating are both excellent solutions for catwalk grating, molded is more common for its flexibility, impressive corrosion resistance, and impact resistance. FRP catwalk grating can be equipped with additional features like slip-resistant surfaces and FRP handrails for additional safety on the job. Installation of the lightweight material is easy with standard tools.

With no welding needed and many safety features, Bedford FRP grating is easy to install and use. Learn more about catwalk grating.

5. Walkway Grating

5. Walkway Grating

Virtually anywhere you need a walking surface, FRP grating can be used. Bedford’s FRP grating is in stock in many standard walkway sizes. Be sure your selection meets your needs for load capacity and unsupported grating span. Bedford can also help you with special chemical exposure, temperature exposure and fire-retardant needs.

From entryways to rooftops and every floor in between, Bedford FRP grating delivers strength, safety and support when used for walkway grating.

6. Platform Grating

6. Platform Grating

No matter the height of your platform, FRP grating can help you navigate the area safely. Safety yellow and orange options, slip-resistant coatings, different grid patterns and adding additional structural elements like handrails or guardrails to work platforms can all help ensure workplace safety. Choose from molded or pultruded options based on your application.

Bedford FRP platform grating comes in the thickness and pattern you need, all with anti-skid coating available to help with workplace safety. Not sure what choice is best for OSHA compliance? Call us at 814-623-8125.

7. ADA Compliant Grating

7. ADA Compliant Grating

ADA compliance can more easily be achieved with FRP grating designed to meet the necessary requirements. Additionally, any ADA compliant grating made of FRP will also be non-conductive and corrosion-, rot- and insect-resistant, even in harsh environments.

With durability, high strength and pattern options that meet the 13mm ball test, Bedford FRP grating is perfect for meeting Americans With Disabilities Act requirements. Improve access and safety for those with disabilities using FRP grating properly designed by our engineers.

8. Drain Grates

8. Drain Grates

Drain grates are subject to exposure to anything going down the drain and need to be able to withstand that exposure to effectively serve their purpose. FRP drain grates’ natural corrosion-resistant properties make it an obvious choice, especially when considering the lifetime cost of the grate. Choosing FRP will give you a long-lasting, virtually maintenance-free solution.

Bedford FRP grating has a high resistance to chemicals, saltwater and other corrosive liquids, making it an excellent choice for covering drains. Bedford also offers VGBA Certified grating for pools and spas.

9. Dock Grating

9. Dock Grating

Select FRP dock grating to avoid rot, insect and corrosion issues that can arise from many dock materials. Fiberglass grating is a long-lasting solution that is often used in coastal locations. Select the grating pattern, size and shape that best suits your dock. If you’re looking for a tough solution, this is it.

The all-weather characteristics of Bedford FRP grating make it ideal for docks in both freshwater and corrosive saltwater applications.

10. Offshore Platform Grating

10. Offshore Platform Grating

Saltwater can be especially harsh on traditional building materials. Fiberglass grating’s corrosion-resistant properties make it the best solution for battling the harsh offshore conditions.  In addition to corrosion resistance, Bedford FRP grating is high strength and available with anti-skid coating. Both of these are important when considering offshore platform grating for the oil & gas market. Bedford’s FRP grating is also lightweight and easy to install.

See why America’s first offshore wind farm used FRP for their offshore platform grating.

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Our fiberglass-reinforced plastic products are known for their outstanding quality — and so are our people. Contact our expert team for help selecting the right grating for your needs. You can also take advantage of our design and engineering services, fabrication and assembly services, logistics and warehousing, and more. Our goal is to get you the best possible product for your application, on time, at a great value.

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