Leveraging FRP's Corrosion Resistance for Water Property Structures

Think outside the box when it comes to the materials that make up your water property structures. Your application might be a water treatment facility, wastewater treatment facility, or an offshore rig or oil and gas refinery that comes into contact with saltwater. Bedford’s Fiberglass-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) is a trusted choice, as it won’t rust, rot, swell or corrode. Traditional materials like wood, steel and aluminum have their place, but for wet, corrosive environments, FRP comes out on top.


Exposing FRP material to water has no effect on its properties — even salt water doesn’t affect FRP corrosion resistance as it does other materials. FRP is also resistant to rust, rot, swelling and warping. Steel’s preferred state is rust, for example, so it takes a lot of work to keep it from rusting. FRP doesn’t contain any iron, so you’ll never have to worry about rust.


Since FRP stands up to the elements for decades, it has a lower lifetime cost than other materials because they need replacing sooner. Our PROSeries line is made up of structural FRP shapes, molded grating and pultruded grating — all products that you don’t want to replace unless absolutely necessary. Here’s the good news: when you choose FRP composites, you won’t have to.

Low maintenance

FRP’s color is woven into the product, not painted on top. That means the color never fades and continues looking good as new, even without routine touch-ups.

Promotes safety

FRP contains safety properties you just don’t find in other materials. It’s fire retardant, has low conductivity, and is available with slip-resistant surfaces. What traditional materials can say that?

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Water structures using FRP

Assembled and ready to ship

Bedford’s ReadySeries products are fast and affordable. These modular FRP solutions include ladders, platforms, rails, stairs, and bridges. They are pre-engineered for easy installation with a range of sizes. This also allows you to pick, choose, and piece together products to quickly meet any need.

The benefits of fiberglass-reinforced polymer don’t stop there, either. FRP products require minimal maintenance, pound for pound deliver the strength of steel at significantly less weight, won’t deform under impact, and won’t attract insects, mold or mildew. The best feature of all? FRP’s high-strength formula doesn’t use environmentally hazardous preservatives, making it a more conscious choice to use in nature, too.

Recently, ReadyLadder was announced NSF-Certified for water contact, providing complete confidence the product can be used in wet conditions. A variety of applications from high roof access to short climbs are solved instantly with ReadyLadder. Why wait for custom components when you can bolt together prefabricated ladder lengths from Bedford now? Systems with FRP corrosion resistance are in stock, easy to assemble and ready to ship.

No matter how big or small the project, the team at Bedford has you covered from start to finish. Our experienced staff can help you find the right solutions for your specific needs. To learn more about fiberglass-reinforced plastic profiles, safety structures, and other solutions with FRP corrosion resistance, reach out, request a quote, or call 814-623-8125.