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What are Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics?

fiberglass reinforced plastics floridaFiberglass Reinforced Plastics are made up of synthetic resins that are thermoset (a process that permanently sets material using heat) and fiberglass. Usually pliable, malleable or liquid before being cured, thermoset resins are then designed to be molded into their final desired shape. Once hardened and molded into their final shape, these resins cannot be reheated or melted and shaped differently.

Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics are lightweight and exceptionally temperature resistant, but when it comes to resisting corrosion from weather and the elements, Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics really stand head and above any other material.

The application and processes for the final product depends on the type of veil and type of glass selected. You’ll want to choose materials that are most wind resistant, water resistant and corrosion and temperature resistant.

What is the iSkimmer?

iskimmerStormwater skimmers are not something that most think of, but it holds a very important job. These are commonly found in retention ponds, and their purpose is to stop contaminants (such as oil, grease, and other floating factors) from getting into our natural bodies of water. As stated earlier, the location of these is commonly in retention ponds, which are usually placed in a large grassy area. Due to the typical maintenance of the land, specifically mowing of the grass, this has caused damage to many skimmers thanks to the tractor mowers used. This has become a constant problem and always causes breakage some way or another, so how can it be fixed? The solution is easy; it’s the iSkimmer.

So what exactly is the iSkimmer?

 It is a structural fiberglass polymer angle that bends and contours with that abuse from the mower, and springing back to its original shape with hardly so much as a couple of scratches. Traditionally skimmers made from fiberglass have had rigid angles, not allowing for any give when it comes to a potential impact. The iSkimmer absorbs the impact and pops itself back to its normal form seconds after collision, time and time again.

This type of skimmer will last for years and years to come, still withstanding blow after blow be it mowers or something else. The most damage it can construe will be purely cosmetic ( a few scratches here and there, a dent or two – maybe). But that type of damage willhave not affecton the durability and flexibility of the iSkimmer.

To know that our natural bodies of water are safe from unwanted additions, thanks to the iSkimmer, is a good feeling. Remember that next time you’re enjoying a warm day out on the water and take the time to see how clear the water is. Faulty, cracked, and broken stormwater skimmers will make our waters murky and unsafe. iSkimmer will keep your summertime fun crystal clear!

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.

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What are Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics are made up of synthetic resins that are thermoset (a process that permanently sets material using heat) and fiberglass. Usually pliable, malleable or liquid before being cured, thermoset resins are then designed to be molded into their final desired shape. Once hardened and molded into their final shape, these resins cannot be reheated or melted and shaped differently.

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What is the iSkimmer?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Stormwater skimmers are not something that most think of, but it holds a very important job. These are commonly found in retention ponds, and their purpose is to stop contaminants (such as oil, grease, and other floating factors) from getting into our natural bodies of water. As stated earlier, the location of these is commonly in retention ponds, which are usually placed in a large grassy area. Due to the typical maintenance of the land, specifically mowing of the grass, this has caused damage to many skimmers thanks to the tractor mowers used. This has become a constant problem and always causes breakage some way or another, so how can it be fixed? The solution is easy; it’s the iSkimmer.

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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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