FRP panels have long been used as a standard for water resistant wall sheathing. Contractors are well aware of the effort required to installing these panels and also the complications too. Generally FRP panels require the use of adhesive to apply to a backer or OSB. This means that there can be a lot of room for error and additional costs. In this article we go in-depth on why we think FRP panels are outdated and vinyl panels are the innovative successor. Call us today for a free sample of vinyl panels at 323-831-3979!
Backers- One concept that people don’t realize is that FRP panels require backers or OSB to be installed on and this backer costs time and money too. Before even starting on installing the FRP a backer need to be installed on every square foot. This costs time and money before the actual installation. Vinyl panels are ½ inch thick and durable enough to not require a backer. This means the additional material costs and time saved installing is a benefit from choosing vinyl panels.
Adhesive- Requiring adhesive is one of the reasons why FRP is difficult to install. The adhesive gives room for error such as air bubbles, misplacement, or even peeling. Usually requiring two people, the panels are placed on a table as adhesive is applied and placed on the walls. This process is extremely tedious and time costly as it takes up two people and may even cause callbacks if the adhesive or placement was flawed. Vinyl panels on the other hand screw mechanically into the studs with perforated.
Trim- FRP panels require trim between each panel as they are installed. This trim not only costs more but also displays an unsightly design that creates an uneven surface. When it comes to some vinyl panels, such as Duramax Trusscore, interpanel trim isn’t required because the panel’s design interlocks with each other. This increases installation speed and also gives a seamless surface which we will go into deeper next.
Surface- The surface on FRP panels are textured and contain many crevices. Not only is this not optimal aesthetically, but it also makes cleaning a lot harder. In facilities that require daily cleaning or high sanitation standards, a material that makes it harder to clean every single day will accumulate into something detrimental to operations and production throughout the years. But not only will maintenance be affected but sometimes bacteria, dirt, or vapor can penetrate these crevices between panels and form problems like mold. Anything food, drink, crops, or chemical related should be kept in a completely sterile environment. Luckily vinyl panels are seamless and completely easy to clean.
Overall vinyl panels are innovated from FRP panels and were designed to make up for FRP’s shortcomings. When compared throughout the years, the difference in maintenance requirements will have a material affect. Consider using vinyl panels for your next project. Call us today for a free sample or quote at 323-831-3979!