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Why fiberglass piers and docks are much better than wooden ones

piers docks fiberglassNothing beats a solid, sturdy, barefoot-friendly pier or dock for a relaxing day by the water. As Floridians, we’ve all seen the damage hurricanes and strong storms can do to typical wooden docks, and for many, we’ve paid a huge price. Many victims of Hurricane Irma are still working to repair damage to their piers and docks, months after the hurricane. 

Fiberglass docks and piers combat the problem of devastating and costly storm damage through the use of storm surge grating. This highly durable and economic solution guarantees quick, unfettered access to waterways no matter what the weather throws at you. 

Fiberglass decks and piers are also a lot more attractive than wooden ones. Wooden decks or piers are susceptible to mold, mildew, wood rot, and deterioration, while fiberglass ones are built to last, no matter what environment they’re in!

What is a storm surge grating?

piers docks fiberglassIn areas prone to severe weather, docks and piers often suffer substantial damage from storms. Storm surge grating is a way to combat this problem using fiberglass grating material to construct hurricane-resistant docks and piers.

Storm surge grating is custom made to fit individual piers and docks and the environment they’re in. Grating made to withstand storm surge is designed and installed to meet government regulations and comply with the results of tide and wave studies. It provides the most economical and most durable solution for access to waterways.

When fiberglass grating is used instead of deck boards, the damage following a strong storm, or even a hurricane, is minimized - making clean-up and repair much quicker and easier. 

As a bonus, fiberglass storm surge grating is attractive, durable and great for bare feet!

Fiberglass skimmers are "theft resistant"

xiskimmerIn years past, skimmers were made from materials that - due to their recyclable “scrap” value - were attractive to thieves. Over 16 years ago, however, the first Enviro-Glaskimer was installed. Fiberglass skimmers have no residual scrap value, and therefore they are still on the job today, protecting the quality of our water in Florida.

Enviro-Glaskimer production has since expanded even further to include aluminum, steel, galvanized steel and corrugated aluminum skimmers and baffles. Additional product lines now include manatee gates, trash screens, trash racks, fiberglass ladders, walkways, platforms, flap, slide and shear gates and guides, corrosion resistant pump tables, pump shelves and splash shields for water and waste water treatment plants as well as miscellaneous aluminum and steel fabrication. 

Making the change to fiberglass skimmers has not only helped the environment but also cut down the cost to taxpayers in the form of loss, making it an all around beneficial solution for our entire community.

Storm Hardened Fiberglass Surge Grating - Hurricane Irma

Storm Hardened Fiberglass Surge Grating endured the thrashing of Hurricane Irma as it landed at the boat dock and deck at an 8 Million dollar house in Key Largo. The house, dock, and deck survived with minimal damage attesting to the theme of “do the right thing always” with Enviro Fiberglass Surge Grating.

Hurricane Irma’s impact on lakes and waterways

hurricane irma pondAlong with Hurricane Harvey, Irma set records with her power, and the devastation she left in her wake. Irma destroyed more than 90% of the structures on Caribbean islands and left thousands without homes.

Hurricanes affect and alter every ecosystem they pass through including both land and sea. Now that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma has passed, scientists are taking stock of the damage to understand what’s happened, learn from it and learn to be more resilient in future scenarios.

As Hurricane Irma pushed over land, it poured water into lakes, streams, and rivers. When these waterways swelled and overflowed their banks, they engulfed roads, destroyed homes and bridges and sent animals scrambling to reach higher grounds. Alligators migrated to escape the cold rainwater rush - they got flooded out of their homes and had to evacuate too.

Researchers are conducting studies each year to gain a baseline with which to compare water pre-disaster and post-disaster and test for bacteria, carcinogens, and contaminants. Officials are concerned that Hurricane Irma could have spread pathogens like typhoid and cholera as well as hazardous chemical runoff.  Meanwhile, rivers themselves are reshaped by water cutting into their banks, flinging rocks and sediments around and carrying trash and branches. Because these issues cause oxygen levels in lakes, rivers, and wetlands to drop, fish begin to die. 

It is too soon to know how long it will take the ecosystem to recover from Hurricane Irma, but officials are working hard to gain knowledge to protect the safety of our communities.

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Why fiberglass piers and docks are much better than wooden ones

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Nothing beats a solid, sturdy, barefoot-friendly pier or dock for a relaxing day by the water. As Floridians, we’ve all seen the damage hurricanes and strong storms can do to typical wooden docks, and for many, we’ve paid a huge price. Many victims of Hurricane Irma are still working to repair damage to their piers and docks, months after the hurricane. 

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What is a storm surge grating?

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

In areas prone to severe weather, docks and piers often suffer substantial damage from storms. Storm surge grating is a way to combat this problem using fiberglass grating material to construct hurricane-resistant docks and piers.

Finish reading What is a storm surge grating? ...

Fiberglass skimmers are "theft resistant"

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

In years past, skimmers were made from materials that - due to their recyclable “scrap” value - were attractive to thieves. Over 16 years ago, however, the first Enviro-Glaskimer was installed. Fiberglass skimmers have no residual scrap value, and therefore they are still on the job today, protecting the quality of our water in Florida.

Finish reading Fiberglass skimmers are "theft resistant"...