Fibreglass Building – Customised Forms That Stand the Test of Time

Opening up possibilities for the design and construction of buildings, fibreglass is proving popular with architects and building contractors who value the versatility and strength that it offers. Unlike other building materials, fibreglass allows the realisation of intricate building designs and installations that feature prominent curves and shapes. Furthermore, as the structures or forms are constructed in a single piece, the physical construction of the building and features can appear more aesthetically appealing as there is no need for joins; and the associated issues that joinage creates, including possible movement and leaks.

The innate properties of fibreglass installations in buildings and other built structures make them attractive, not only to the end user, but for those construction companies charged with the responsibility of building and maintaining the property. Fibreglass is resistant to chemicals, possesses excellent fire retardant properties and meets the most stringent measures of strength and structural stability. As the material is not susceptible to rust and corrosion, fibreglass structures are well suited to coastal regions where degradation from environments that contain high levels of salt can severely increase maintenance costs and repair bills. Furthermore, due to the ability of fibreglass to withstand corrosion, it is the perfect material to use in a multitude of aquatic environments, such as swimming pools and spas, where chlorine is found in high levels.

With commercial buildings, civic structures and private homes attempting to create a differentiation through aesthetic design and appearance, fibreglass buildings and features are being specified by an increasing number of projects. Architectural fibreglass is available in a wide range of colours and finishes, which allows the building to create a point of difference and create a ‘wow’ factor. It is capable of being used in a wide range of building applications including interior and exterior design and construction in residential, commercial and civic buildings. In builds where weight and form is a challenge, the ability of fibreglass to be custom built to specific weights, sizes and shapes makes it a natural choice of input.

One particular example of the use of fibreglass in building applications is the extensive use of the material in the construction of canopies and roofs. Increasing the usable size of a residential, commercial property or civic spaces is easily achievable by incorporating a patio or designated covered public space. To protect these areas from the effects of both the sun and the rain, canopies are widely used to provide protection from the elements. Fibreglass is often used in the building of these canopies due to its light weight ability to be constructed to a particular shape and colour, as well as being durable and strong; being able to stand the test of time.

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