Weighing the Benefits: Fiberglass vs. Steel

Weighing the Benefits: Fiberglass vs. Steel

Kirby FeslerMar 24, '231 comment

You’ve heard us weigh the differences time and time again on our blog - how do the benefits of fiberglass parts consistently outweigh the benefits of steel parts every time? We’ll break it down for you:

  • Fiberglass is more resistant to dents and scratches and isn’t prone to rust like steel. As a result, a fiberglass service body will keep its good looks longer than a steel body. 
  • Fiberglass is lighter than steel, which can be important if you use a service body on a smaller vehicle.
  • Fiberglass is stronger than its steel counterpart pound for pound. 
    • When it comes down to it, a fiberglass beam that is a quarter inch thick will ultimately support more weight than a steel beam that is a quarter inch thick.
  • Fiberglass beats steel in terms of corrosion resistance, flexibility, and nonconductive properties. 
    • Steel is a very rigid and heavy metal, and while rigid materials are great for strength and durability - lack of flexibility also makes steel susceptible to denting from impact. 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Reinforced fiberglass products are the best option when investing in long-term value, durability, and strength. 

Comments (1)

Clare Martin on Oct 4, '23

It’s great that you mentioned how fiberglass is much more resistant to dents and scratches compared to steel without compromising its durability despite being a lightweight material. I want to have a pool constructed in my backyard at home in Tamworth soon, so I’m considering using fiberglass for the installation. I’ll take note of this while I look for a fiberglass manufacturer working in Tamworth to help us get the products we need for my pool construction at home soon. https://www.ultimatefibreglass.com.au

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