METAL GRATING VERSUS FIBREGLASS or GRP: Comparison

Despite the tempting initial price of metal gratings (or traditional gratings) which are often chosen in a hurry on the sole basis of their apparent economic benefits, in the long term they involve costs which have a negative effect on the investment:

  • Safety-related costs:
    Due to the poor slip-resistance of metal gratings when water, grease, oil, ice etc. are present.
    Disadvantages: Accidents at work, risk of injury to personnel and consequent reduction in company profitability.
  • Maintenance costs and low chemical resistance of the material:
    Rapid corrosion even in conditions of minimal chemical aggression, leading to a need for frequent replacement
  • Manpower costs for installation and transport:
    Greater physical effort and the use of lifting equipment for the installation and movement of metal gratings due to their weight which is 3 times more than that of fibreglass gratings; this also has a negative impact on transport costs
  • Cost of shaping, cutting and drilling.

EUROGRATE® fibreglass gratings, by contrast, prove to be an excellent investment because they are characterised by:

  • Long-lasting corrosion resistance even in harsh conditions (immersion, or continuous contact) with very aggressive products (e.g. sulphuric or hydrochloric acid)
  • Guarantee of markedly greater safety, even in extreme conditions (grease, oil, or waxes) ensured by the special permanent anti-slip surface (DIN standard 51130 class R13-V10)
  • Lightweight, simple to install and remove, easy to move
  • Zero maintenance, easy to cut and shape
  • Characteristics of internal resilience which alleviate the backache typical of personnel who spend a long time crossing or standing on gratings (ergonomics) resulting in increased profitability
  • Thermal and non-magnetic insulation characteristics: Excellent thermal and electrical insulation with no need for earthing (antistatic and conductive versions available on request)
  • Self-extinguishing properties of the resins and low toxicity of halogen-free fumes: Maximum safety in all environments and protection of personnel in the event of fire.
  • Find out about the characteristics of fibreglass gratings on the next page!
Metal grating Metal grating versus GRP grating

 

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