Glass reinforced plastic or GRP as it is commonly known is a material that is used today by many large well known companies and also smaller not so well known companies. Basically, what I mean is GRP is used in a vast number products ranging from aircrafts to our kitchen sink.
Because this material is so versatile it is also used on industrial estates all over the country, and it is used for GRP enclosures. Businesses everywhere are always searching for ways to save money but at the same time these businesses have to grow and expand to stay in the market.
GRP enclosures are used as business units on many industrial estates as an extension of the original unit. High rents charged per square foot that is constantly increasing puts pressure on businesses who are struggling to survive.
The solution for businesses that need more space for storage or as a working unit was to construct a GRP enclosure. The issues that where raised by the local planning offices have been satisfied as long as these GRP enclosures match the original unit that they are placed next to.
GRP enclosures can be ordered with several different finishes to match the original building. Slate lookalike roofs can adorn these GRP enclosures to make them look like they are a real extension of the brick building.
In fact in many ways the GRP enclosures are probably more efficient and cost effective than the brick building as once they are constructed they are very low maintenance.
Most GRP enclosures are manufactured to a degree of weather, water and intrusion protection and it is the client who determines the level necessary for the GRP enclosure. These levels (IP levels) are then included in the design and manufacturing according to the clients specifications.
The IP (or Ingress Protection) ratings are defined by the international standard EN 60529 (British BS EN 60529:1992). The IP level of your GRP enclosure is to determine how much of the sealing effectiveness is against moisture and the intrusion from foreign bodies, weather etc…
The IP level is much higher in a GRP enclosure when housing electrical equipment. There are numbers that follow all IP ratings and these have a specific meaning relating to the degree of sealing and protection effectiveness.
The IP rating for a GRP enclosure covers a range of waterproof elements from condensation to prolonged immersion in water under pressure. Enclosures that are constantly immersed in water would need to be totally waterproof and should therefore carry an IP rating of IP68. Where enclosures are immersed temporarily at certain times they should carry a lesser rating of IP67.
For instance if your GRP enclosure was IPO rated this would signify that no special protection was included when the enclosure was designed and manufactured.
Then there is the weatherproof GRP enclosure, and the customer has to determine how much protection from the environment it will need in the IP rating chart.
GRP Adept can give all their clients advice on the levels of the IP ratings based on their expertise and experience accumulated over the years working with many industries requiring GRP enclosures.
GRP Housings can be designed and manufactured exactly to the customers specifications. Sometimes GRP Housings require planning permission as they often become permanent buildings.
Because of the many different uses for GRP housings they can be designed to actually blend in with the location and environment looking as a natural part of the location. If your GRP Housing is located in a position where you expect it to stay for a long time then to fit in with the local environment will be an important issue when applying for planning permission.
The outside walls of GRP Housings can be designed with many finishes such as a timber effect if it was erected among trees and greenery. Or a brick and stone effect finish would suit somewhere in a town or on an industrial estate.
GRP Housings can be fitted with fire and intruder alarms and steel security doors if the customer requires this protection. GRP Housings can have integral floors or they can be mounted on to a steel sub frame.
The flexibility of the GRP material can be used in designing and constructing many custom built housings to the clients specifications. The GRP housing layout of the doors, windows and any access panels can all be tailored specifically as required.
Housings can also be constructed with environment assaults considered, this would apply to where it is constructed and what it is housing. Because of the strength and versatility of GRP many industries such as water, telecom, electrical and petrol have used GRP housings for many years.