Fiberglass, also known as Fibre Reinforced Plastic or FRP for short, was introduced in the 1930s. Since then, fiberglass became popular in the aerospace industry following the Second World War, becoming prized for its unique combination of being both incredibly durable, and simultaneously lightweight. These properties, in addition to the fact that fiberglass is also very resistant to corrosion, helped to make it an invaluable material to the sewage and waste water management industries. Today, fiberglass also enjoys widespread popularity in the form of FRP tanks.
As mentioned prior, fiberglass is impressive for being incredibly strong, despite also being lightweight. Tank manufacturers can take advantage of this feature of fiberglass to create tanks that are strong and durable, without them becoming too heavy. Interestingly, fiberglass has only a fraction of the density of carbon steel, specifically approximately one quarter or one fifth the density of carbon steel. However, despite this, fiberglass actually offers a comparable “tensile strength” to that of carbon steel. Another main feature of fiberglass is that it tends to be very effective at resisting corrosion. Because of this, fiberglass tanks as a whole, are a good choice when looking to house corrosive materials. Highly corrosive substances can be tricky to store, as they can degrade the materials of their storage units, so the corrosion resistance of fiberglass tanks can be very advantageous.
Something incredibly useful is that fiberglass tanks can be made to be completely “watertight”. This is because FRP tank manufacturers can create fiberglass tanks that do not contain any joints where potential liquid materials could leak through. Fiberglass tanks can offer a fully secured storage space. This means that materials contained within fiberglass tanks will be much less likely to be contaminated while housed within the tank, and will also be much less likely to leak out of the tank and become a contaminant in itself.
Fiberglass tanks are also generally easier to install and upkeep. You might think that a material as helpful as fiberglass would mean trading off in maintenance costs, but that is just not true! Fiberglass tanks tend to be quicker and easier to install, not just because they are lighter weight than many other storage tanks. They are also generally easier to upkeep, which can really make a difference to the usability of a tank over time. The internal resin layer of fiberglass tanks offers a levelled and glassy finish, which debris cannot easily stick to. This can make FRP tanks much easier to keep clean. If all of these benefits, and more, appeal to you, we at Belding Tank are here to make sure that you get exactly the fiberglass tanks that you need. At Belding Tank, our motto is “Quality is our Standard, Customer Service is our Specialty”. We will work closely with you through every step of the process to make sure that you get exactly the quality tank that is right for you.