Suspension of Disbelief
One measure of the increasing acceptance of fiberglass composite as a construction material is the growing number of commonplace, commodity applications where it is being offered as a substitute for a traditional material.
As we noted last week in connection with fiberglass seawalls, FRP handles aggressive, corrosive environments very well, even, one might say, with complete equanimity. This includes aggressive interior environments, such as slaughterhouses, swimming pools, laboratories, food processing plants, kitchens, dairies, fisheries… almost anywhere that commonly experiences high atmospheric moisture levels.
One common architectural feature of many such environments is the suspended ceiling, held in place by the ubiquitous t-bar grid. This ubiquitous grid is generally made of steel, generally enameled in white or beige. In aggressive environments, it can rust, which looks ugly. It can drip rusty water in extremely moist conditions, and cause the paint to flake or as the rust undermines it, neither ofr which are acceptable in any facility with strict sanitary requirements.
Enter Keel Manufacturing of Sun Prairie, WI, whose Keelgrid fiberglass reinforced plastic suspended ceiling grids system handles those place very nicely. Their grid system does not rust, it is easy to keep clean and up to sanitary standards. It is ICC approved for use in all seismic zones, USDA and Agriculture Canada accepted, Class A (1) rated for flame spread, lightweight and, Keel says, easy to install.
You probably wouldn’t realize it was anything different if you were standing underneath it.
…Makes you wonder how much more fiberglass is at work all around you, which you never know about.
Images courtesy of Keel Manufacturing, Inc.
– image courtesy of Keel Manufacturing, Inc.