FAQ - FRP Advantages vs. Aluminum Composite Material (ACM)

Part of the answer to this is covered in our Company's tag line: "3D Architectural Design Solutions." Using fibreglass gives superior design flexibility which allows for the creation of complex shapes and forms, including compound curves; in other words, 3D shapes that cannot be reproduced in aluminium, steel, or aluminium composite material (ACM). In addition, FormaShape™ is able to provide a product with:

  • Excellent, uniform dimensional tolerance: +/- 1.0mm or 1/16”.
  • A strong and light-weight finish, by using high fibre content, which significantly reduces installation costs.
  • Any finish, including urethane paints (metals, opaque, iridescent, Class A finish) with a minimum ten-year urethane UV color-fading paint warranty. For further information on FormaShape's™ paint system, please see the answer to the question: "What are the advantages of FormaShape's™ paint system over aluminium (extrusion) coating?"
  • Any texture, including smooth, dimpled, ribbed, simulated concrete, simulated wood, and non-slip.
  • High dielectic strength, providing an excellent material for sensitive electrical equipment.
  • A robust maintenance-free, dent-free surface, and with our BASF paint system, providing superior protection against UV, dirt, and graffiti. On-site repairs are also cheaper as a result.
  • Corrosion resistance, being a non-porous surface and water-proof.
  • Compliance with fire, smoke and toxicity ratings including ASTM, EPA, NFS, UL and other standards by using specific resins and additives.

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