Fiberglass Beams and Structural Building Components

Pultruded Structural Fiberglass Beams Outlast Structural Steel and Structural Steelwork

Fiberman is a major supplier of FRP beams for use in the construction of superstructures for walkways, platforms and any other place where the advantages of fiberglass beams are put to good use.

Fiberglass Beams versus Steel

There once was a superhero called “The Man of Steel” but his time is over. Why? Structural Steel and Structural Steelwork cannot stand up to the strength of structural fiberglass beams over time. Steel beams rust when exposed to weathering and chemicals, but Fiberman fiberglass beams and structural members are highly corrosion resistant.


Fiberglass beams offer superior:

  • Strength – Stronger than steel shapes, pound-for-pound in lengthwise direction.
  • Corrosion Resistance – Resists most acids, caustics and salts.
  • Lightweight – Weighs 75% less than structural steel.
  • Low Maintenance – does not require constant de-rusting and repainting.

In addition, fiberglass beams and structural building components are:

  • Dimensionally Stable
  • EMI/RFI Transparent
  • Fire Retardant
structural-breakdown of fiberglass beam

Look inside a fiberglass beam structure to see the secret of its remarkable strength.

Fibers, Resin and Pultrusion Process Key to Fiberglass Beam Strength

Fiberman Structural Fiberglass combines superior raw materials, composite design, and the pultrusion process to manufacture the highest quality pultruded fiberglass structural shapes possible. Because of their complex composition of fibres and resin, fiberglass beams are far stronger in the length-wise direction than structural steel.

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Fiberglass Beams and Steel Beams

ComparisonFiberglass Structural ShapesStructural Steel (A-36 Carbon)
CORROSION RESISTANCEStructural Fiberglass is resistant to a broad range of chemicals, with either polyester or vinyl ester resin available. Painting may be helpful when exposed to direct sunlight to prevent color fading.Structural Steel  is subject to oxidation and corrosion. Requires painting or galvanizing for many applications.
WEIGHTLightweight – weighs 25% that of steel beams.

1/2″ thick plate = 4.7 lbs./sq. ft.

Often requires lifting equipment to move and put into place.

1/2″ thick plate = 20.4 lbs./sq. ft.

CONDUCTIVITYFiberglass Building Components have low electrical conductivity properties – high dielectric capability.
Low thermal conductivity 4.
Structural steelwork conducts electricity. Potential shock hazard.
Thermal Conductivity 260-460.
STRENGTHHigh strength-to-weight ratio and pound-for-pound is stronger than steel in the lengthwise direction.
Tensile strength = 30 KSI, CW = 7 KSI
Homgenous material.
Tensile strength = 60 KSI.
Yield strength = 36 KSI.
STIFFNESSModulus of Elasticity = 2.5 MSI
Will not permanenty deform under working load.
Flexural modulus = 29 KSI
Modulus of Elasticity = 29 MSI
IMPACT RESISTANCEThe Glass Mat in Fiberglass Structural Shapes distributes impact load to prevent surface damage. Will not permanently deform under impact.Structural steel can permanently deform under impact.
EMI/RFI TRANSPARENCYStructural fiberglass is transparent to EMI/RFI transmissions.Structural steelwork can interfere with EMI/RFI transmissions.
VERSATILITYPigments added to the resin provide color throughout the structural members. Special colors available.Steel structural members must be painted for color. To maintain color and corrosion resistance, repainting may be required.
EASY FIELD FABRICATIONFiberglass beams and structural building components can be field fabricated using simple carpenter tools with carbide or diamond tip blades.
Lightweight for easier erection and installation.
Steel structural components require welding and cutting torches.
Heavier material requires special handling equipment to erect and install.
COSTLower installation and maintenance costs in industrial applications often equals lower lifecycle costs.Lower initial cost, but heavier to install. Much higher maintenance costs.



Applications for Fiberglass Beams Products

Fibreglass structures are excellent for harsh environments subject to chemical exposure, such as outdoor walkways on drilling platforms, in WWTP water treatment plants, in livestock facilities and anywhere you require secure and durable walking surfaces. These structures will consistently outperform rust-prone steel structures where moisture is present.

Discuss the specific needs of your project with one of Fiberman’s Fiberglass Beam experts. We will ensure that the material you select will have the specifications required for safety and optimum performance. You will also benefit from our industry-leading quick quote turnaround and fast delivery across Canada and the US.

For all Fiberglass Beams inquiries, please call 1.844.599.0260 or email or Request a Quote.

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All our Fiberglass Beams meet required specs Fast Delivery across Canada and USA via our Superior Logistics Network

We can ship Fiberglass Beams from a distribution center close to you:

Fiberman’s headquarters in Western Canada stocks many Fiberglass Beams dimensions, ready to ship across British Columbia, Alberta and all provinces in Canada. We have daily shipments from Vancouver to destinations including Edmonton, Calgary and Fort McMurray. For our US customers, we ship from distribution centers in: Pittsburgh, PA; Houston, TX; Knoxville, TN; Rochester, MN; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Orlando, FL.

Fiberman’s pricing and service experts are standing by to help to find the best product for your project. With many varieties in stock and expedited shipping, we can supply your project with Fiberglass Beams at the best possible price with fast delivery.

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Fiberglass Beams and Radio Frequency Transparency

In today’s connected world, we depend on cellular telephone signals, Wi-Fi networks and over the air radio and television signals. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity are essential to on-site work environments. Steel structures significantly disrupt these signals. Fiberglass Beams are an essential part of building structures that are “electronically transparent” and do not interfere with radio frequency transmissions.

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