What you need to know about fibreglass

The history of fibreglass

The use of fibreglass has been around for centuries, but mass production of it began in 1932. Ever since then, fibreglass materials are used to make a variety of objects, from traffic lights to waterslides.

Everything about fibreglass

Fibreglass is a reinforced plastic material with components of glass fibres embedded. The glass is heated until it is in a molten, liquid texture and then is forced through holes, creating a super thin layer and fragments of glass – then woven into other materials such as plastic.

The type of glass used, depends on the use of the fibreglass. Due to the qualities of fibreglass, it is a very long-lasting material, which is perfect when using industrially.

The properties of fibreglass:

  • low technology fabrication
  • durability
  • high flexing tolerance
  • moderate/high strength/weight ratio
  • corrosion resistance
  • impact resistance

The finished product

Resins can be added to fibreglass once it is woven together to increase the strength and means that manufactures can mould into the correct shape for the product that is being made.

Once the product is finished and fully hardened, it is sealed with resin or a gel coat fibreglass, making it relatively light weight and extremely strong.

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