How Fiberglass Enhances Industrial Stair Safety

Fiberglass, or fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP), is a commonly used material in industrial applications due to its low maintenance, durability and weatherproof properties. For several reasons, fiberglass is the ideal material for outdoor applications requiring enhanced safety levels. Throughout this blog post, we will briefly explain what fiberglass is and why it helps strengthen industrial stairs' safety.

What is Fiberglass?

Fiberglass is a lightweight, but high-strength material that is manufactured with thin glass fibers and resin. Different resins can be used to enhance the material's properties, such as strength and toughness. Fiberglass is often used as an alternative to traditional materials like plastic, metals, and wood because it can be easily molded into required shapes and provides many other benefits.

Key Benefits of Fiberglass

  • Cost-effective
  • Customizable
  • Durable
  • Electrically non-conductive
  • Low maintenance
  • Weatherproof

There are many other benefits of fiberglass, but they will be covered in the following sections as we discuss how they enhance the safety of specific applications.


Fiberglass for Industrial Stair Treads

There is a long list of reasons why fiberglass is an ideal solution for industrial stairs. Not only is it cost-effective and easy to install, but several additional properties allow it to enhance the safety of the applications it is used in.

To enhance industrial stair safety, components such as handrails and anti-slip stair tread covers can be manufactured with fiberglass to provide a durable and weatherproof product that requires minimal maintenance. Additionally, fiberglass is corrosion-resistant, has low conductivity and is slip-resistant. This means that fiberglass stair covers reduce risks and the chances of accidents in an outdoor environment where water or liquid could create a slippery surface.

Applications of Fiberglass Stair Tread Covers

Fiberglass stair tread covers are essential in any outdoor application where stairs may become slippery and cause harm. Typical applications of these treat covers include:

  • Amusement and water parks
  • Chemical processing plants
  • Food processing facilities
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Outdoor sports facilities
  • Water treatment plants

Strongwell’s Fiberglass Products

Strongwell produces various molded fiberglass products for several applications, including the DURATREAD™ molded fiberglass stair tread covers. These covers are made of high-strength fiberglass mat and can be used with a resin system of your choice. For slip resistance, the surface of the covers is coated with a quartz grit.

The DURATREAD™ stair tread covers can be customized to suit your applications but are available in several colors, depths, lengths, safety warnings and thicknesses. The standard options are:

  • Standard Color: dark gray with high visibility yellow nosing
  • Depths: 8”, 9”, 10”, 11” and 12”
  • Lengths: 12 ‘ (Cut to length)
  • Thickness: ⅛” and ¼”

Should you require DURATREAD™ stair tread covers for your application, please contact us today, and we will be happy to discuss your requirements. Alternatively, you will find further information on our blogs and product pages.