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Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer (FRP)

FRP has been used as a building material for over 35 years due to its lightweight and durable nature.  It offers the architect unlimited design flexibility due to its molded shape potential.  From columns to cornices, Fiberglass (FRP) has been used around the world to add decorative dimensionality to projects while being a cost alternative to many traditional building materials.

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Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer Spec

Fiberglass reinforced polymers (FRP) is a lightweight, versatile and durable construction material for exterior architectural detailing.  FRP is used to create columns, capitals, moldings, domes, decorative balustrades, pergolas, rafter tails, entablatures, pediments, rakes, brackets, quoins, window and door surrounds or any architectural feature you wish to create.  Fiberglass is extremely versatile. It can be molded and produced in practically any shape.  FRP parts can be made on a radius or ellipse.  You can have letters preformed in the fiberglass parts to mimic the look of chiseled stone words on building facades.  

There are great advantages to specifying and installing fiberglass on your construction project.  Fiberglass is lightweight with strong and durable properties.  Since it is lightweight, FRP enables the building design to require less structural load requirements, thus reducing costs for the project.   

FRP can be supplied several ways.  For many projects, FRP is supplied unpainted.  This enables the installer to attach the FRP to the structure with the ability to countersink screws, patch the screw holes with body filler and sand the screw holes flush with the fiberglass surface.  The entire project is then primed and painted giving the material a uniform, finished appearance. 

FRP can also be supplied with a gel coated colored finish.  Almost any color can be achieved.  Some projects require that the FRP arrive to the jobsite with a finished coat.  When specifying a finished FRP, there are certain things to take into consideration.  Firstly, there needs to be strong communication between the architect, construction manager, supplier and installer.  Prefinished FRP needs to handled and installed properly to protect the finish.  Screws need to be strategically installed to minimize the number of exposed areas on the surface of the material. 

A third process for producing fiberglass is with a simulated stone finish.  This can give the FRP the appearance of limestone and other stone finishes.  The same planning and care must be followed for handling and installation the stone finished FRP as with the gel coated colored FRP.

We, at First Class Building Products, Inc., are committed to assisting you with your particular project from specification, shop drawings, manufacturing and installation.  We are available for assistance on design and value engineering. 


SECTION 068200

GLASS FIBER REINFORCED POLYMER FABRICATIONS

FIBER REINFORCED POLYMER- (FRP)

PART 1.

GENERAL

1.01

RELATED DOCUMENTS

A. Drawings, Conditions of the Contract and Division 1 Specifications sections, apply to work of this section.

1.02 SUMMARY

A. Section Includes: Manufactured Fiberglass Forms/Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) fabrication and installation as scheduled and shown on the architectural drawings.

1.03 RELATED WORK IN OTHER SECTIONS

A. Section 04720 - Cast Stone.

B. Section 07900 - Joint Sealers: Sealant materials for open joints.

C. Section 09255 - Gypsum Fabrications.

D. Section 5400 - Light Gauge Metal Framing

1.04 SUBMITTALS

A. Samples: Submit four (4) each, 12” x 12” samples demonstrating finish to be supplied (finish per contract).

B. Shop Drawings: Submit shop drawings delineating all details required for fabrication and installation. Shop drawings to indicate the necessary blocking and attachment to the building or framing as required to support and secure the FRP material only. Framing details and structural support of framing is not the responsibility of the FRP manufacturer, and it is to be engineered by others unless previously agreed to by contractor/subcontractor and noted accordingly in the material supply contract.

1.05 QUALITY ASSURANCE

A. Manufacturer: Firm with manufacturing and delivery capacity required for the project, shall have successfully completed at least ten projects within the past five years, utilizing systems, materials and techniques as herein specified.

GLASS FIBER REINFORCED PLASTIC FABRICATIONS 068200 - 2 068200 - 2

B. Fabricator must own and operate its own manufacturing facilities for all material components. “Stick Built” or “kit of Parts Systems” consisting of components from a variety of manufacturers will not be considered or accepted.

C. All Fiberglass forms shall match approved samples.

D. All Fiberglass forms will be installable according to details submitted in shop drawings.

1.06 MANUFACTURER QUALIFICATION:

A. Firms specified in Approved Manufacturers (section 2.01) must demonstrate their capabilities and experience by including lists of completed projects.

1.07 DELIVERY, STORAGE AND HANDLING

A. All materials shall be protected during fabrication, shipment, site storage and erection to prevent damage to the finished work from other trades. Store materials inside a well-ventilated area, away from uncured concrete and masonry, and protected from weather moisture, soiling, abrasion, and extreme temperatures.

1.08 WARRANTY

A. Warrant fabrications to be free from defects due to materials and workmanship for one year.

 

PART 2.

PRODUCTS

2.01 APPROVED MANUFACTURERS

A. First Class Building Products, Inc.

            3600 Dallas Highway

            Suite 230-387

            Marietta, Georgia 30064

            TEL:  770.514.8141

            FAX:  770.514.0731

2.02 MATERIALS

A. Description: Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP)

一.   

Pre-molded FRP parts are fabricated to details and dimensions shown and shall conform to the standards set forth in Section 2.03.

2.03 PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF  FRP (Fiber Reinforced Acrylic Resin)

Property Value

Test Method/Result

Compression

ASTM-D-695 27,000 psi

Sheer Strength

2,336 psi

Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic Fabrications

 068200 - 3 068200 - 3 CTE Average

ASTM-D-696 23.2 x 10-6 in./in./F

Density

ASTM-D-792110 lbs/cu.ft.

Flammability – Class I Materials

ASTM-E-84 25 or less Flame/50 or less Smoke

Flexural Strength

ASTM-D-790 22,000 psi

Flexural Modules x 106

ASTM-D-790 1.38 ksi

Tensile Strength

ASTM-D-638 11,500 psi

Tensile Strength Modulus x 106

ASTM-D-638 2.0 ksi

Bearing Strength

ASTM-D638  9,000 psi

Unit Weight (lbs./sq.ft. at 3/16”)

1.5-2 lbs.

Glass Content

14.9%

ATH Content

43%

Resin Content

41.6%

All material shall be Class I Fire-Rated with a flame spread of 25 or less when tested in accordance with ASTM/ E84. The use of Antimony Oxide is not permitted. Test documentation is required to be submitted.

 

Resins: Base Resin is to be a Thixtropic Thermoset Polyester Resin. Formulation will include hydrated fillers to meet the Class I fire-rating.

 

 

Reinforcement

 

a. The manufacturer may use chopper spray, hand laminated mat and/ or core-mat as reinforcement. The reinforcement used should correlate to the end use performance requirements of the product. At all times, minimum physical properties must be met.

b. Large flat surfaces and/ or extended spans must contain additional reinforcement laminate. Jobsite conditions, specific material performance requirements and special conditions may dictate the additional reinforcement.

 

 

2.04 FINISH

A. Surface texture/Exposed side: Smooth or as indicated on drawings.

B.Gel Coat, if indicated on drawings:

Gel Coat should be a high quality, neopentyl glycol (NPG) isophthalic gel coat with UV stabilizers.

Coat thickness should be 18 to 25 mils.

 

2.05 TOLERANCES

A. Part Thickness: 3/16”

Dimensions all directions: 3/16”

Variation from Square: inch

B. Hardware Location Variation: inch.

C. Warpage or bowing 1/4” in 8 ft.

 

 

2.06 FABRICATION

A. Molds to be constructed and properly reinforced to produce units conforming to the required profiles, dimensions and tolerances.

B. Allowable Tolerances:

Dimensional Tolerances:  1/8"

Shell Thickness: Nominal 3/16"

Out of Plumb:  1/8"

Bowing: L/360 Maximum

 

2.07 IDENTIFICATION

A. Identify each part with a permanent part number.

B. Number parts to coordinate with shop drawings.

 

 

PART 3. EXECUTION

 

3.01 PRE-INSTALLATION EXAMINATION

A. Installer to observe field conditions and verify that substrates are ready for installation of fabrications.

B. Proper on-site storage of materials must be performed to ensure all materials are protected from the elements and other trades. FRP parts must be stored or supported to prevent deformation, warping, bowing, physical damage and/or conditions that may make the product unsuitable for intended use.

C. Installer to check field dimensions affecting the installation of FRP fabrications.

D. Installer to verify that bearing surfaces are true and level.

E. Installer to verify that support framing has been constructed to allow accurate placement, alignment and connection of fabrication to structure.

F. Installer to report discrepancies between design dimensions and field dimensions, which could adversely affect installation, to the contractor and architect.

G. Do not proceed with installation until discrepancies are corrected, or until installation requirements

are modified and approved by the contractor and architect.

H. Start of installation constitutes acceptance of existing conditions.

 

 

3.02 INSTALLATION

A. General:

Employ only workmen experienced, skilled and trained on this type of quality erection work.

Installer must have a minimum of 10 years of experience installing fiberglass materials for projects of similar scope and size.

B. Workmanship

Install work in this section complete, straight, plumb, level, in true alignment and securely anchored. Set forms with all joints properly adjusted for expansion and contraction.

C. Erection

Fiberglass forms shall be installed per drawings, including the approved shop drawings, and the manufacturer's written recommendations and instructions for this project. Additional framing and blocking may be required, as project conditions require (to be determined by project structural engineer, unless otherwise specified).

D. Sealing and Caulking

Shall conform to requirements of Caulking and Sealing Section 07900 and requirements indicated and specified herein.

 

Joints and Sealants: Joints (quantity, sizes, and shapes) indicated on contract drawings are minimum requirements.

E. Replacements

Fiberglass forms may be rejected for the following reasons:

a. Non-conformance to detail requirements specified previously.

b. Non-conformance with approved samples.

c. Non-conformance to specified fabrication or installation tolerance.

d. Damage beyond satisfactory field repair, as determined by the Architect.

 

3.02-ALTERNATE-INSTALLATION SERVICES

A.    Install fabrications in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and approved shop drawings.

 

B.    Additional installation services:

Manufacturer has approved, experienced turn-key installation services available for First Class through our third party network of installers.

 

Installer must have a minimum of 10 years experience installing architectural exterior products with a proven track record of success and references for installing projects with similar scope and materials. 

 

C.    The installer will contract with the owner and/or contractor directly. 

 

D.    Installation services may not be available in all areas.  Please consult with First Class Building Products regarding this value added service.

 

E.    A second option for installation assistance is available through our architectural consulting service.

 

F.     Installation consultants must have a minimum of 10 years experience installing architectural exterior products with a proven track record of success and references for installing projects with similar scope and materials.  Scale and scope of installation consulting services will be determined between the project owner and/or contractor and the consultant directly.

 

 

 

3.03 CLEAN-UP

General

A. Perform cleaning procedures as recommended by FRP unit manufacturer.

B. Clean soiled FRP surfaces with detergent and water, using soft fiber brushes and sponges, and thoroughly rinsed with clean water.

C. FRP material being painted in the field by others is to be prepared as specified in the project specifications.

 

3.04 PROTECTION OF INSTALLED FABRICATIONS

A. Comply with manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions for protecting installed Fabrications during constructions activities.

 

END OF SECTION

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