Ten Places to Use Structural Fiberglass in Farm Operations
Farms can utilize fiberglass in various ways due to its versatile properties. Fiberglass is a composite material made of glass fibers embedded in a resin matrix, offering advantages such as strength, durability, corrosion resistance, and design flexibility. Here are several ways farms can incorporate fiberglass:
Fiberglass can be used to construct shelters and barns for livestock. It provides a durable and weather-resistant alternative to traditional materials, offering a comfortable environment for animals that is corrosion resistant and easy to construct.
Storage Tanks and Silos
When combined with appropriate resins, storage tanks and silos made using fiberglass reinforcements are resistant to a broad range of corrosive materials and can be used for storing most agricultural chemicals and fertilizers. Fiberglass tanks and silos are a popular choice due to their ability for both short-term use and long-term storage without concern for degradation.
Greenhouses have traditionally been constructed with metal frames. However, fiberglass structural shapes such as beams, angles, and other structural components are an excellent alternative in greenhouses where strength and resistance to environmental conditions is important. Metallic components are heavy, prone to rust, and are more likely to need ongoing maintenance than similar components made from fiberglass.
Irrigation Pipes and Channels
Fiberglass pipes and channels can be used for irrigation systems. Fiberglass is corrosion-resistant, making it suitable for handling water and agricultural chemicals without the failures common to traditional piping.
Fiberglass reinforcements can be integrated into the design of various farm equipment components, enhancing their strength and durability. This is becoming more and more true as farm equipment manufacturers are focusing on light weighting equipment while enhancing durability of components.
Animal Enclosures and Fencing
Fiberglass can be used to construct animal pens, fencing, and enclosures. It is resistant to rot, corrosion, and decay, providing a long-lasting solution for containing livestock. This is an area where select farming operations have seen significant maintenance cost savings simply by constructing enclosures from longer-lasting materials such as those made with pultruded fiberglass shapes and plate.
Fiberglass can be used to create manure pits and storage structures. Its resistance to corrosion and durability makes it a suitable choice for handling agricultural waste without the degradation common with traditional materials.
Feeding and Watering Systems
Especially useful in pasture farming, feed troughs and watering stations made with reinforced fiberglass are durable, portable, and long-lasting.
Gates and Entryways
Fiberglass can be used in the construction of farm gates and entryways. It is resistant to rust and corrosion, offering a low-maintenance solution for securing farm properties and cordoning off specific areas of land.
Fiberglass allows for customization in design and performance, making it possible to create solutions for specific farm needs. This could include custom covers, equipment housings, or structural components.
When considering the use of fiberglass on a farm, it's important to assess the specific requirements of each application and choose the appropriate type of fiberglass composite. Additionally, consulting with engineers or specialists in fiberglass applications can help ensure that the chosen solutions meet safety and performance standards. Strongwell’s knowledgeable sales team can assist you if there is a specific farming problem you’re trying to solve where traditional materials aren’t meeting your needs. Reach out to us today!