FIBERGLASS AS A SUPERIOR BUILDING MATERIAL? PART I

We all know that fiberglass has been used extensively for over 50 years to manufacture long lasting, easy to care for, fiberglass pools and spas.  And that for most of that time it has been done by American Fiberglass Pools, 41 years.  Not yet convinced that fiberglass is the best building material to use?  We let’s take a few minutes to look into the use of fiberglass to manufacture items requiring both flexural and tensile strength.

Fiberglass first became a viable alternative to protected steel, stainless steel, and exotic materials in 1950.  That year centrifugal cast fiberglass piping was first used in the crude oil production industry as a solution to corrosion problems.  Later on, in the mid 1950’s, developments in manufacturing with fiberglass products resulted in the application of fiberglass tanks and piping in the chemical industry.  By the mid 1960’s fiberglass was accepted for the storage and handling of underground flammable and combustible liquids and industrial municipal water and sewage as well as pulp and paper processing applications.  As of today, standards have been developed for many military applications such as helicopter rotor blades, commercial aviation for use on jet liners, and bullet proof jackets, etc.

Let us go back to resistance to aggressive environments.  Resistance to corrosion in aggressive environments is one of the primary reasons for specifying fiberglass tanks or pipes.  Corrosion does not affect fiberglass.  This includes galvanic, aerobic, pitting, and inter-granular corrosions that all harm metals but not fiberglass.  This is why all old steel gasoline tanks around the country have been replaced by fiberglass tanks.  As well all new gasoline tanks are made out of fiberglass.  Although fiberglass resists a wide spectrum and range of chemicals and temperatures, like anything else, it does require the right design, fabrication, and installation to match the appropriate application.  The use of the proper resin/glass matrix will minimize chemical attacks.  This is why American Pools are built today totally with 100% fiberglass and resin construction without the use of fillers and cores that may upset the resin/fiberglass matrix.

28 Responses to “FIBERGLASS AS A SUPERIOR BUILDING MATERIAL? PART I”

  1. Pro Bono says:

    Well written sir! Fiberglass is an amazing product. I can see why they are so superior as a pool construction material.
    Keep up the great info! PB

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Thank you for the kind words! Fiberglass IS the superior building material for swimming pools.

  2. Sci-Guy says:

    As an engineer, I understand and appreciate the varied uses of FRP products in oilfield , corrosion , aviation , marine , and chemical applications. Quite frankly , the applications , the use of FRP makes perfect sense for use on swimming pools.

  3. M. J. Hawthorne says:

    Thank you for your post. Quite nice to read the various insights that you have shared over the course of your blog. Fibreglas swimming pools really are the only way to construct a pool that will have minimal long term expenses associated with ownership. I suspect that your company must produce a rather wonderful product and wish much continued success.

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Glad you enjoy reading our posts! American Fiberglass Pools have the lowest cost of extended ownership available. We do make an awesome product line and thank you for the well wishes!

  4. F.Rodman says:

    I had no idea that fiberglass was used for so many thingss. I knew that pools were made of fiberglass and have only heard nice things abuot them. We live in a zero lot line home, but if we could get a pool, it would be one of yours. F.Rodman

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Wish we could help you get the beautiful, affordable, VERY LOW maintenance American Fiberglass Pool your family needs. If you move to a home with a bigger backyard, give us a holler.
      Thanks in advance for doing so.

  5. Miss Debbie says:

    Hello,
    It appears that fiberglass in indeed is a remarkable product in general. Thanks for enlightening me on this. I will continue to look in on your blog to see what other interesting things you have to share with us.
    Thank you, Debbie

  6. Who's On First says:

    You are!! All good stuff here on this blog. Wish that the pool guy we chose had just a little bit of your snap. Wish we had found you before we decided to biuld last year with a carpet bagger from some where in Michigan. We found out too late that some people don’t have our old fashion Texas ethics……….WOF

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Thanks for stopping by. Sorry you had issues with a former Michigan pool guy that is visiting down here at this time. Contact me at my office and I will be happy to try to make your situation right.

  7. M. L. Breitling says:

    Did you know that the first use of fibreglass on weapondry was in WW II ?
    A German plane was shot down over England. The prop was made of fibreglass. The English & Americans were astounded by this.

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Thanks for the history lesson! I was not aware of that fiberglass was used for that purpose that long ago.

  8. B.J.Ford says:

    Structural Engineers love to work with fiberglass products. Super strong, incredible tensile strenghth and fantastic flexural modulus.

  9. Haunstein, David says:

    Like this a lot.
    When will you publish Part 2 of this post??

  10. Happy Days Pools says:

    Are you some kind or chemist or something? You sure blog about some complicated subjects.

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      No I am not a chemist. I have worked around fiberglass composite materials for 43 years. Some things just rub off on you. ( no pun intended).

  11. Jennifer says:

    I had no idea about all the stuff fiberglass makes. Thank you for enlightening me!

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