FAQs
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FRP Sheet

Are FRP doors available?

FRP panels may be used in this application; however we do not manufacture FRP doors.

Can FRP be installed over ceramic tile?

FRP can be installed directly over ceramic tile, however non-porous surfaces require the use of rivets unless the surface of the tile is opened by sanding or use of a chemical abrasive. Adhesive should be used on porous surfaces only. We recommend using Advanced Polymer Adhesive.

Can FRP be installed over concrete block?

FRP can be installed over concrete block. First you need to level uneven surfaces with plaster or concrete compounds. Be sure concrete walls are well cured and completely dry. If concrete or block walls are below grade where moisture can penetrate and interfere with a good adhesive bond, use furring strips and install pre-laminated panels with mechanical fasteners.

Can FRP be installed over existing metal panels?

FRP can be installed with metal fasteners. Pre-drill holes (use 3/8" drill bit) in the Glasbord panel on 16" centers. Using pre-drilled holes in FRP as a pilot hole, drill, fastener holes in metal with a bit no larger than 9/32". Seal all joints with a silicone sealant.

Can FRP be painted?

Painting FRP is not recommended because the finish is designed to be a non-adherable surface. If painting is necessary, an epoxy or acrylic-based paint is suggested.

Can FRP be used as a bathtub surround?

FRP can be used as a tub surround, although there will be seams as the product is only available in 48" widths. Install the seam to the far end of the tub away from water spray. Silicone caulk well and leave expansion room at the joints.

Can FRP be used in a clean room installation?

FRP is commonly specified for food preparation, pharmaceutical, and medical settings where sanitary highly cleanable walls are required

Can FRP be used behind grills and ovens in commercial kitchens?

FRP panels will discolor when installed behind or near a heat source, such as cookers, ovens, and deep fryers, which radiate temperatures exceeding 130°F (55°C). It is highly recommended to not install FRP near heat sources.

Can FRP be used in indoor swimming pool areas?

FRP is ideal for this setting. FRP is known for its moisture and corrosion resistance in high humidity installation. It won’t rust, pit, dent or peel like a metal grid system.

Does FRP mold?

No, FRP does not support mold or mildew per ASTM D3273 and D3274.

Does FRP have any acoustical value?

No, FRP has no acoustical properties. Acoustical insulation is measure in NRC (noise reduction coefficient) and STC (sounds transmission coefficient).

Is smooth FRP easier to clean than embossed?

No, embossed panels have been tested to be as cleanable as smooth panels and maintain an acceptable appearance longer than smooth panels. Crane Composites suggests embossed panels over smooth for years of cleanability.

What is the cost of decorative FRP vs. ceramic tile?

FRP meets typically one-half the cost of ceramic tile and easier to keep clean. For more pricing information please contact your local distributor.

What is the weight of a skid of FRP?

Panels are packaged 50 on a skid and the 0.09" thick panels weigh .65lb per SF. The skids weigh approximately 1000lbs each

Are Crane Composites’ Class-A panels fire retardant? If not what temperature will it burn?

Crane Composites Class “A” material is rated per ASTM E-84 test method. It has a self-ignition temperature of 750° to 850°F. All FRP will burn.