FRP Wall Panels (Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Panels) produce moisture-proof and impact-resistant sanitary environments.
What is FRP? Polyester Resin and Glass Fiber Reinforcement FRP is a thermoset plastic reinforced with various configurations of fiberglass. It is a plastic material that undergoes a chemical reaction in which it is formed into a solid that cannot be re-formed. These panels offer a number of significant features including resistance to mold, mildew, and bacteria growth, high impact strength, high moisture resistance, chemical resistance, stain resistance, sanitary finish, and low maintenance.
- Durable | Cleanable
- Mold Free
- Lightweight | Moisture Resistance
- Engineering Flexibility
- High Strength-to-Weight Ratio
FRP panels have been in wide commercial use since the 1960’s. A frp wall panel provides a long term, durable, sanitary finish that meets the rugged performance needed in applications such as food processing, healthcare, cold storage, and many other areas. The primary advantage of a frp panel is the long term resolution of these performance needs. When companies need to look for a solution to older FRP panels, which may need to be replaced due to deterioration in the finished look. Some companies have introduced lower cost, non-reinforced thermoplastic panels and are marketing these panels as a performance alternative to fiberglass reinforced plastic panels. These non-reinforced thermoplastic panels are marketed to building professionals as “non-reinforced plastic’ panels, and along with low costs, are promoted as “environmentally friendly.”
Here are the facts…
The facts show that non-reinforced thermoplastic panels don’t offer much beyond a low initial cost. However, with demonstrated performance differences, the replacement and maintenance costs for non-reinforced products are likely to far outweigh even this low cost advantage.
We here at Ceiling Pro Cleaners have even a better solution for when you may need to replace your older, stained (the FRP panels will eventually stain, from rust and other environmental causes). That proves to be quick, reliable and extremely viable cost effective alternative to complete replacement.
First, let us do a quick review of what it entails to replace.
- “Demo” , remove the panels that need to be replaced: a messy, intrusive process, which often balloons the cost because the panels, if installed correctly, are put in place with Frp Latex-Based Adhesive, Nylon Drive Rivets or Non-Corroding Fasteners, PVC Moldings and Silicone Sealant. This removal guarantees that your location will be not generating revenue for this intrusive remodeling and updating:
Installation: next you need to have the panels installed, this includes: Frp panels, with the shipping materials and banding removed, should be allowed to acclimate to room temperature. All frp panels will expand and contract during temperature and humidity changes. WALL PANEL PREPARATION: Walls should be flat and even. Remove high spots and fill in low spots prior to beginning installation. The wall substrate must be dry and free from dirt, dust, and grease. It is important to apply adhesive carefully and follow all directions to prevent problems that may result from using too little or too much adhesive. 100% adhesive coverage is recommended. Ø FASTENERS Nylon drive rivets, or corrosion resistant screws are appropriate fastener options. If rivets or fasteners are used, panels should be predrilled Ø SPACING all frp panels have expansion characteristics due to changes in humidity and temperature that must be accounted for during installation. Ø If using adhesive – apply adhesive to panel using adhesive manufacturer’s recommendation to ensure good adhesion.Ø Silicone sealant should be applied in all molding and around all panel edges, fasteners, and fixtures to provide a moisture-proof installation.
As you can see replacement and installing is an involved process.
Our solution to improve the look of perfectly sound panels is to recoat them with our Pro Bond Process. A quicker less intrusive solution that allows your location to keep generating income while we help you improve and beautify your areas of concern.
Why Replace and Repay when You can Resurface?
With ProBond, old becomes new and in most any color. When compared to replacement with new materials, it is:
- More economical
- Longer lasting
- Offers designer flexibility
ProBond resists abrasions that commonly result from hard use, more so than most alkyd enamels. It can be sprayed or rolled successfully by painting contractors who follow product application procedures as recommended by the manufacturer.
- ProBond is designed for use on new or previously painted interior FRP; it actually binds into the surface and will not scratch off.
- It generally sticks to most surfaces that paint traditionally will scratch off of.
- All materials must be in sound condition and any deep scratches or gouges filled in.
- A water-based product, ProBond can be applied over conventional coatings without the lifting or wrinkling common with solvent based products.
The environmental benefits associated with utilizing ProBond are twofold
- It is also VOC compliant in all states.
- due to the fact that such a treatment results in recycling materials and diverting materials from landfills.