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National Grating FRP Solutions Application Profile – FRP Molded Grating Marina Decking

molded frp grating marina decking
Here Molded FRP Grating with 1.5″ x 1.5″ holes on center was used. National Grating also supplies 2″ and 1″ as well as Mini Mesh Molded Grating that has a ¾” grid pattern with ½” open squares.

Project

110 FT of National Grating FRP Molded Grating Marina decking installed in a Pacific Ocean Marina.

A marina on the Pacific Coast of British Columbia required 110ft of dock to be replaced.  The contractor decided to contact National Grating to explore FRP Solutions.  They decided on Grey Molded FRP Grating with 1.5” gaps to replace the decking section of this dock.

National Grating FRP Solution

Grey Molded FRP Grating with 1.5” x 1.5” gaps with gritted top coating for added slip resistance in wet environments.


Why was Molded FRP Grating Chosen?

Molded FRP Grating from National Grating was perfect for this application because of its anti-corrosion properties, durability, strength and lightweight nature, and its ability to let sun and water pass through the grating.

Corrosion Resistance

FRP grating is highly resistant to corrosion, making it durable in harsh marine environments.

Anti-Slip Properties

The concave and anti-slip grit surface provides excellent anti-slip properties, ensuring safety for pedestrians, even in wet conditions.

Durability and Longevity

FRP grating is highly durable, resistant to saltwater, UV rays, and corrosion, making it ideal for marine environments.

Strength and Durability

FRP grating is engineered to withstand heavy loads making it ideal for docks and marinas. FRP Grating has a high strength to weight ratio allowing for a strong structure that is also lightweight.  While comparable in strength, FRP grating is significantly lighter than steel, making it easier to install without heavy lifting equipment.

Open Area

The open area of Molded FRP Grating is an important factor in environmental sustainability, allowing sun to pass through to plants, seagrass, and other shallow marine habitats beneath the decking surface. 

During storms the open area also allows wind and water to pass through lessening the stress on the dock structure and mounting hardware.


molded frp grating mini mesh dock marina
Mini Mesh was used here for a gangway leading to a boat launch in this popular location.

National Grating Dock and Marina FRP Solutions

Molded FRP Grating

Common sheet sizes for Molded FRP grating include: 4’x8′, 4’x12′, and 3’x10′. Common thicknesses include: 1″, 1.5″ and 2″.

Pultruded FRP Grating

Fiberglass Grating pultrusion’s come in three categories: I-Shape bars, T-Shape bars, and High-Load bars for heavy duty applications. The bearing bars are interconnected with cross-rods every 6 inches. 

Mini Mesh FRP Grating

Mini-Mesh fiberglass grating has a ¾” grid pattern with ½” open squares. This results in 44% open area which allows light and water to pass through and provides a very comfortable decking surface to walk on in bare feet.

Stair Treads and Covers

pultruded frp grating marina stairs
Pultruded FRP Stair Treads were used here for a safe and anti corrosive solution to enter and exit the lake at this private dock.

Fiberglass stair treads are available as molded FRP treads with yellow nosings and a gritted surface, for the ultimate in safety.

Fiberglass stairs are the best solution for outdoor anti-slip stairs. They outlast traditional building materials and are easy to install. Stair treads made of FRP grating are lightweight, easy to fabricate, and highly durable.


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What are people saying about National Grating?

We often receive feedback from our customers regarding our products and customer service.  We want to share some of that feedback with you. 

At National Grating we take customer service seriously.  We realize that our customers are busy, so we are here to answer the phone and help.  Simple as that.


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The decking worked out very well on our project!

The docks are fully assembled and have been installed at the Boat Launch right next to the Yacht Club.

I have attached a couple of photos for you to have a look at, but I encourage you to go take some of your own as well!

If you are in the neighborhood, please feel free to drop in and say hi.

First Name: Nick

State / Province: British Columbia

Industry: Marine

National Grating FRP Solution: FRP Mini Mesh Molded Grating


Thank you for the Tim’s card

I will certainly buy Tim’s for the team. Here are a couple of pictures. The team members really like the new floor.

Thanks

Paul

First Name: Paul

City: Tillsonburg

State / Province: Ontario

Industry: Automotive

National Grating FRP Solution: Molded FRP Grating


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Hi Braden

We just installed a 110 ft dock at a Marina on the Island. Looks sharp. 

First Name: Ben

City: Vancouver

State / Province: British Columbia

Industry: Construction

National Grating FRP Solution: Molded FRP Grating


National Grating FRP Grating Drainage

Hello Dylan,

The product worked great and is 10 times better than the steel grates we had in the past.  We will not be needing any more but will definitely share with our other locations.

First Name: Denis

City: Toronto

State / Province: Ontario

Industry: Business Services

National Grating FRP Solution: Molded FRP Grating


Hi Dylan,

Here is a picture of our dry dock.  We still need to put some grating on our landings, but it is looking great!

National Grating FRP Grating Dry Dock

First Name: Juan

City: Lemont

State / Province: Illinois

Industry: Shipping

National Grating FRP Solution: Pultruded FRP Grating


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Hi Dylan, they are definitely much needed traction on these ramps.  So far, they’re holding up well against cold, salt and snow.

Derek

First Name: Derek

City: Brant

State / Province: Ontario

Industry: Health

National Grating FRP Solution: FRP Plate


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The Dark Grey HLC Grating that was installed.

Attached are three photos, the first two are of the steel grates at our London plant.

We replaced them with your dark grey HLC.

Thanks,

First Name: Jim

City: London

State / Province: Ontario

Industry: Food

National Grating FRP Solution: Heavy Duty Fiberglass Grating


Before our Grey HLC FRP Grating was installed there was worn out metal grating.



yellow hlc frp grating

Hello,

The grating is working well and you can see already getting worked in with some dirt from the garage floor.

Ian

First Name: Ian

City: London

State / Province: Ontario

Industry: Agriculture

National Grating FRP Solution: Heavy Duty Fiberglass Grating


yellow hlc frp grating
yellow hlc frp grating


Hi Dylan,

Our accounting team here is working on the credit application and setting up an account in our PO software. When this is completed, you should expect a PO for the grating.

Your team was very helpful and prompt with quoting.

Thanks

Ian

First Name: Ian

City: Campbell River

State / Province: British Columbia

Industry: Manufacturing


Bonjour capitaine,

Tel que discuté, voici l’information reçu de Maurice, il me dit que c’est un excellent produit, la capacité de charge est de 300lbs au pieds carré pour le 1 pouce d’épaisseur et de 900lbs au pieds carré pour le 1 1⁄2 pouce d’épaisseur. Vous connaissez mieux ça que moi alors dite moi si le 1 pouce est suffisant ou pas?

Salutations!

Hello Mario, voici une example de grating en fibre de verre. Faite sur de commander avec une grit. https://fiberman.ca/steel-grating-alternative-frp-grating-canada/

MARIO

Translation

Hello Captain,

As discussed, here is the information received from Maurice, he tells me that it is an excellent product, the load capacity is 300lbs per square foot for the 1 inch thick and 900lbs per square foot for the 1 1⁄2 inch thick. You I know this better than I do, so tell me if the 1 inch is enough or not?

Regards!

Hi Mario, here’s an example of fiberglass grating. Made safe to order with a grit. https://fiberman.ca/steel-grating-alternative-frp-grating-canada/

First Name: Mario

City: Cap-aux-Meules

State / Province: Quebec

Industry: Marine


We don’t use a ton of FRP Grating but anytime we do you are the only people we call. This is all due to Chris and his positive attitude. He makes us feel important like we are your only customer and everytime I talk to him he goes above and beyond for us.

City: Savannah

State / Province: Georgia

Industry: Manufacturing


Hi Dylan, 

We needed a quote to be able to evaluate the cost of a future project, we are good for now. 

Your team handle my request in a professional manner and promptly, I can’t complain. 

Thank you, 

Jean-François

First Name: Jean-François

City: Gatineau

State / Province: Quebec

Industry: Pulp and Paper


Dylan,

The product is easy to cut and install. We should be complete by end of week with the FRP install. If I have

something else specified or have a need, I will contact you. Thank you for all your help, your team did a

great job.

Chris

First Name: Chris

City: Las Vegas

State / Province: Nevada

Industry: Construction


Dylan,

You and Cody were a pleasure to work with. The communication was great and I appreciate how you quickly fulfilled our order.

We just broke ground on another school project and plan on making another purchase late next year.

Have a nice holiday!

Thanks,

Matt

Dylan,

The grates worked out great for us. We are looking to purchase 76 more along with around 850 of the clips. Would you please work up a new invoice for us?

Please plan on shipping it to the same location. Let me know if you need additional information from me.

Thanks,

Matt

First Name: Matt

City: Chicago

State / Province: Illinois

Industry: Construction


Thank you so much Sarah, 

You’ve made the ordering and transaction very easy and affordable for me and as a busy small business person I really appreciate that .

I’m excited to use this product and be able to offer it as an option to my clients .

Cheers 

First Name: Joe

City: Cambridge

State / Province: Ontario

Industry: Boating


Luke, thank you for the update. I have to say that was fast work. We look forward to doing more business with your company.

Chris

How long does it usually take to set up an account with your team? Your prices are very reasonable and quick to response, we love that here. Do you mind sending me the spec sheet for this material. 

Thank you, 

Daniel

First Name: Daniel

City: Huffman

State / Province: Texas

Industry: Construction

National Grating FRP Solution: Molded FRP Grating


No worries. You guys are always my first choice. Thanks for all the hard work you put in, have a great weekend.

Patrick

First Name: Patrick

City: Marietta

State / Province: Georgia


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Reach out to us today for your next FRP Project!

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Eco Benefits and Sustainability of FRP Grating

Molded FRP Grating ramp dock
Molded FRP Grating was used in this Marine application as it will not rust or corrode with sea water exposure.

Green energy and decarbonization policies aim to reduce emissions and transition to more efficient use of our energy. One area that can contribute to this goal is using environmentally friendly materials and technologies in the construction and maintenance of infrastructure. One such material is fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) grating, which has several benefits over traditional steel grating.


FRP has a Low Carbon Footprint

Mini Mesh FRP Grating Dock Cottage
FRP Grating does not corrode due to water exposure or fade due to intense sun exposure. It truly is the perfect material for your dock or deck.

FRP grating has a much lower carbon footprint compared to steel grating. Steel is an energy intensive material that requires a lot of energy to manufacture, transport, and install. In contrast, FRP grating is made from a combination of lightweight and durable materials such as fiberglass and resin. As a result, the production and use of FRP grating can significantly reduce carbon emissions.

FRP is Lightweight

FRP grating is much lighter than steel grating, which means it requires less energy to transport and install. This can result in significant energy savings, especially in cases where large quantities of grating need to be transported and installed over long distances.

FRP does not Corrode

Furthermore, FRP grating is corrosion-resistant and requires less maintenance compared to steel grating. This means that it has a longer lifespan, reducing the need for replacement and therefore further reducing carbon emissions and energy consumption and can be re-used, re-purposed and re-cycled.


Eco Benefits & Sustainability FRP Grating

Mini Mesh FRP Grating Boat Dock
FRP Mini Mesh Grating will last and not corrode due to salt water exposure.

In conclusion, the use of FRP grating in infrastructure projects can have significant sustainability benefits for reducing carbon emissions and energy consumption. By choosing FRP grating over traditional steel grating, governments and businesses can contribute to their green energy and decarbonization goals while still maintaining the high-quality and durable infrastructure that is necessary for economic growth and development.


National Grating Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Solutions:

FRP Stair Treads Cottage
FRP Stair treads are lightweight and will outlast the wooden structure.


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Pultruded FRP Grating Shipyard
Pultruded FRP Grating was used in this Shipyard because of its lightweight and strength compared to the previous wooden decking.

National Grating prides itself on providing exceptional customer service to all customers, big and small.

Reach out to us today for your next FRP Project!

Sales@NationalGrating.com / 1-844-599-0260

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What are Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Structural Shapes, and what are they used for?

FRP I-Beam
FRP I-Beams were used in this restaurant as it looks great and compliments the beautiful design.

FRP Structural Shapes are Beam, Angle, Channel, Plate, Rod, Tube and other Custom Shapes/Sizes made with pultruded Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic instead of traditional materials like steel. This gives them certain advantages that are similar to our Molded and Pultruded FRP Grating.

At National Grating we don’t just sell FRP, we sell FRP solutions. Part of that offering is in the form of FRP Structural Shapes like Fiberglass Beam, Fiberglass Angle and Fiberglass Tube. On this page we will go over what these FRP products are, and what they are used for.


National Grating FRP Structural Shapes


Benefits of FRP Structural Shapes from National Grating:

Corrosion resistant: FRP won’t rot, rust, or corrode.

Strong, yet lightweight: Choosing FRP ensures savings on transportation and installation costs, since heavy duty equipment is seldom needed.

Virtually maintenance-free: Durable and weather-resistant for a longer life cycle.

Fire-retardant and nonconductive: Creates a safer environment free of electrocutions and fire related injuries.

Dimensionally stable: Won’t shrink, swell, warp, or bow.

Highly consistent: Strength, appearance, and quality are the same from piece to piece.

Easy to fabricate and install: FRP can be cut, drilled and assembled with standard tools and is lightweight, eliminating the need for heavy duty construction equipment.

Non-leaching: Does not require environmentally hazardous preservatives to maintain visual integrity.

Fast turnaround: Most in-stock orders are shipped within the next business day.


What are FRP Structural Shapes used for?

lightweight FRP I-Beam
FRP Shapes are Lightweight! Pictured here is an FRP I-Beam at 6″ x 3″ x 3/8″ x 26.25′ weighing in at only 49 Lbs!

Industrial and Commercial Settings: FRP shapes are employed in industrial and commercial settings for applications such as railings and ladder systems. They offer durability and resistance to corrosion, making them suitable for heavy-duty use.

• General Construction: The lightweight yet durable nature of FRP shapes makes them suitable for general construction applications where a high strength-to-weight ratio is required.
FRP shapes can be used in various structural applications to provide long-lasting, corrosion-resistant solutions.  They are often utilized to reinforce wooden structures, strengthen columns and beams, and retrofit structures for seismic resistance.

• Structural Engineering: FRP profiles such as tubes, rods, channels, and angles, are used in structural engineering applications for new construction, as well as for reinforcing and strengthening existing structures.
They are employed in the construction of beams, columns, walls, and façade systems due to their high strength, lightweight nature, and corrosion resistance.

• Seismic Retrofitting: FRP shapes are utilized for seismic retrofitting to enhance the resistance of structures to earthquakes.
They are applied to increase the seismic resistance of concrete columns, beams, walls, and floors, thereby improving the overall strength and durability of the structures.

• Infrastructure Components: FRP shapes find application in the construction of various infrastructure components such as tanks, manhole covers, and bridge rehabilitation.
Their resistance to chemicals, durability, and low-maintenance properties makes them ideal for infrastructure applications.

FRP Ladder C-Channel
Here, C-Channel FRP Beams are used for the safety cage of this ladder while square FRP tubing is used for the construction of the ladder.

• Corrosive Environments: Fiberglass structural shapes are well-suited for use in corrosive environments, such as in the chemical processing industry, water treatment plants, and marine applications, due to their excellent corrosion resistance. Water parks and theme parks utilize FRP structures and grating for its ability to stand up to chlorinated water without rotting or corroding.

• Electrical and Telecommunications: Fiberglass I-beams and C-channels are non-conductive, making them suitable for use in applications where electrical currents or electromagnetic interference are a concern, such as in telecommunications infrastructure.

• Safety Applications: FRP Structural shapes are popular in safety industry applications such as ladders, safety cages, safety railings, and platforms due to their light weight and strong nature.


FRP Structural Shapes Sizes, Shapes and Colors from National Grating

All standard FRP Structural shapes come in 20’ lengths, SPFR resin, and grey color.

Other options, sizes and colors are available upon request.

A shipment full of grey FRP square tube, C-Channel and Angle.


National Grating Customer Service

National Grating prides itself on providing exceptional customer service to all customers, big and small.

Reach out to us today for your next FRP Project!

Sales@NationalGrating.com / 1-844-599-0260


National Grating Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Grating Solutions:

structural FRP I-beam
FRP I-Beams were used as structural building material for the construction of a warehouse.

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Is FRP Grating better than Steel Grating?

Rusty metal grating is unsafe and unsightly.

At National Grating we believe Fiberglass Reinforced FRP Grating is better than steel grating. 

For decades National Grating has been providing FRP Solutions to customers across North America.  Our years of experience in this industry provide the in-depth technical knowledge required to select the FRP material that meets the needs of your project. We are continually improving our line of fiberglass products with the latest innovations to provide our customers with the most cost-effective, high quality FRP solutions.  We also take pride in superior technical support, giving you the information you need to confidently make the right choice.

Here is why we believe FRP Grating and FRP Solutions are better than steel.

Strength:

Fiberglass grating offers comparable strength to steel but with added benefits like improved impact resistance and flexibility.

While comparable in strength, FRP grating is significantly lighter than steel, making it easier to install without heavy lifting equipment.

Corrosion Resistance:

FRP grating excels in corrosive environments as it does not rust or corrode like steel, making it ideal for use around chemicals or elements corrosive to steel.

Safety:

Fiberglass grating is non-conductive, providing safety benefits in electrical hazard workplaces. It also offers slip resistance and is softer underfoot compared to steel, reducing worker fatigue.

Cost:

While the production cost of FRP grating is higher than steel, the long-term maintenance-free aspect of FRP can make it a more cost-effective choice over time.  Steel grating requires ongoing maintenance and replacement costs.

These outdoor entrance stairs were rusty and worn out looking. Newly installed FRP Stair Treads improved the first impressions for the business, and added safety for their clientele.

Long Life Span:

FRP does not rust or rot and does not degrade due to sun exposure, moisture and humidity, or extreme heat and cold. 

Maintenance Free:

FRP grating requires little-to-no maintenance costs post-installation, unlike steel grating that may need regular maintenance.

FRP Grating has optional colors that are added during the molding process which instills the entire product with a consistent color that does not wear out or rub off. Unlike steel grating that is painted that can wear off over time requiring maintenance.

The advantages of FRP grating over steel include its strength, lightweight nature, corrosion resistance, non-conductivity, safety features, and cost-effectiveness in the long run.


National Grating Customer Service

National Grating prides itself on providing exceptional customer service to all customers, big and small.

Reach out to us today for your next FRP Project!

Sales@NationalGrating.com / 1-844-599-0260


High Load Capacity FRP Grating was used in this car wash facility to upgrade the metal grating that was bent and worn out due to heavy vehicle traffic.

National Grating Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Grating Solutions:

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Fiberglass FRP Grating for Car Washes and Vehicle Maintenance Facilities

yellow molded frp car wash
Here yellow Molded FRP Grating was used to cover a drainage trough for water reclamation.

Fiberglass FRP Grating is the perfect solution for Car Wash and Vehicle Maintenance facilities like mechanics and oil changers.  

National Grating is a leading supplier of FRP solutions for car wash and vehicle maintenance facilities across North America.

FRP Grating uses in Car Wash facilities

Fiberglass FRP Solutions are used in Car Wash facilities primarily as grating for water drainage and in Mechanics for Oils, coolant, and other liquid drainage.  The molded or pultruded FRP grating is often used to span a drainage ditch to allow liquids to flow into a drainage system while providing a strong and safe surface for vehicles and customers.   For heavy loads High Load Capacity (HLC) or Heavy-Duty FRP Grating is used that can support vehicle weights.

Other FRP applications in vehicle maintenance facilities include grating for walkways, FRP Stair Treads for nonslip stairs, FRP plate for a solid nonslip surface on platforms or walking surfaces and FRP Railing for noncorrosive hand railings.

  • Wash Bays
  • Troughs
  • Drainage Systems
  • Trenches
  • Walkways
  • Grating
  • Platforms
  • Nonslip stairs
  • Railing
mini mesh frp grating car wash
Mini Mesh FRP Grating was used here to allow water and cleaning agents to drain through the entire floor while creating a safe walking area.

National Grating FRP Solutions for Car Washes:

  • Molded & Pultruded Grating
    • Drainage trenches, flooring, platforms, walkways.
    • FRP grating is utilized in car washes for its drainage capabilities, safety features, aesthetic appeal, ease of maintenance, and chemical resistance, making it a versatile and practical solution for flooring and drainage needs in these facilities.
  • Heavy Duty Grating
    • Engineered to carry heavy traffic like cars, trucks & forklifts.
    • Heavy Duty HLC (High Load Capacity) FRP grating is used in car washes due to its strength, durability, corrosion resistance, low maintenance requirements, safety features, and ease of installation, making it an ideal choice for areas with heavy vehicle traffic like those found in car wash facilities.
Heavy Duty FRP Fiberglass grating
Heavy Duty or High Load Capacity FRP Grating is used to cover areas with heavy traffic. It’s engineered to carry heavy traffic like trucks and forklifts. 
  • FRP Stair Treads and Covers
    • Slip-resistant & durable stair solutions.
    • FRP stair treads are utilized in car washes for their non-slip properties, corrosion resistance, durability, and ease of maintenance, making them a practical and safe choice for stairs within these facilities.
  • FRP Plate
    • Resistant to soap, chemicals & water.
    • FRP plates are utilized in car washes due to their corrosion resistance, durability, ease of maintenance, and safety features, making them a suitable choice for various applications within these facilities.

Why FRP Grating is perfect for Car Washes:

Durability: FRP grating is commonly used in car wash drains due to its corrosion resistance, durability, and ability to handle heavy traffic and exposure to water and chemicals without deteriorating or requiring frequent replacements.

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FRP Plate is a solid sheet of fiberglass reinforced plastic with an nonslip top walking surface.

Corrosion Resistance: FRP materials are resistant to corrosion from water and cleaning chemicals commonly used in car wash operations, ensuring longevity even in harsh environments.

Chemical Resistant: FRP grating is resistant to chemicals commonly used in car wash operations, making it a suitable choice for areas exposed to cleaning agents and detergents without deteriorating or losing its structural integrity.

Non-slip: The non-slip properties of FRP grating make it a safe flooring option for car wash facilities, providing traction even when wet and reducing the risk of slips and falls for both customers and staff.

Strength and Durability: HLC grating is engineered to withstand heavy vehicle traffic, including forklifts and large trucks, making it ideal for areas with high loads like car wash facilities. It is extremely durable and can handle corrosive environments without rusting, ensuring a long-lasting solution.

grey mini mesh grating car wash
Grey Mini mesh FRP Grating was used in this off road vehicle cleaning bay because it is strong enough to carry the vehicles weight while also allowing water and soap to drain through.

Safety and Performance: The high strength-to-weight ratio of HLC grating makes it easy to handle and install, providing a safe and stable flooring solution for car wash areas with heavy traffic. Its non-conductive properties also enhance safety in these environments.

Easy Maintenance: FRP Grating is easy to clean and maintain, requiring minimal effort to keep it looking new and ensuring a hygienic environment.

FRP grating is utilized in car washes for its drainage capabilities, safety features, aesthetic appeal, ease of maintenance, and chemical resistance, making it a versatile and practical solution for flooring and drainage needs in these facilities.

National Grating Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Grating Solutions:

Heavy duty high load capacity frp grating
Heavy Duty HLC Grating was used in this Mechanic Shop to span a drainage ditch where bent and unsafe metal grating was used before.

National Grating Customer Service

National Grating prides itself on providing exceptional customer service to all customers, big and small.

Reach out to us today for your next FRP Project!

Sales@NationalGrating.com / 1-844-599-0260

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Fiberglass FRP Grating for Docks, Decks, Marinas and Boardwalks

Grey mini mesh FRP grating is a beautifully simple and high quality solution for docks.
Grey mini mesh FRP grating is a beautifully simple and high quality solution for docks.

Fiberglass FRP Grating is the perfect solution for docks, decks, marinas and boardwalks. 

With winter coming to an end and spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning for summer. 

Summer is about spending time down by the lake enjoying the sun and water on a dock or marina.  Far too often unfortunately that fun is cut short due to damage and maintenance requirements associated with traditional building materials.  Many docks in the past have been built with wood and metal which rots or rusts, warps, and deteriorates resulting in much of your summer being devoted to maintenance and repairs. 

FRP Grating is long lasting and industrial grade, and will take the worry out of your summer.  Our Mini Mesh FRP Grating has a non-slip coating and has holes that are much smaller than our traditional FRP Grating making it barefoot friendly in a dock or deck setting. 

Over the last several years we have seen a huge amount of interest from people who are looking for a better product for their dock or marina.  Fortunately for them we have the perfect solutions with our Mini Mesh Fiberglass (FRP) Grating, Pultruded FRP Grating and FRP Stairs


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What is Mini Mesh Fiberglass (FRP) Grating?

Grey mini mesh FRP Grating is a great looking dock material.
Grey mini mesh FRP Grating is a great looking dock material.

Mini mesh FRP grating is a special molded fiberglass grating with cross bars at the top, forming smaller holes at the top of the grating. It offers unobstructed water and airflow, slip resistance, and is suitable for marine environments, walkways, boat docks, marinas, mooring pontoons.

The mini mesh means that the holes are much smaller than our traditional FRP Grating.  This makes it perfect for barefoot use in a dock setting.  The top of the Mini Mesh Fiberglass (FRP) Grating is also covered in a light anti slip material for safety when wet..

The grating comes in various surface types, colors, and dimensions, providing a durable, comfortable, and safe walking surface for marine decking and other similar applications.

Mini Mesh FRP Grating is ADA Compliant (Americans With Disabilities). Mini mesh FRP grating is ADA compliant due to its small mesh size, which prevents small tools and objects from falling through, ensuring safety for personnel or equipment below. The small mesh also provides greater foot coverage, making it comfortable for bare feet and high heel shoe traffic. Additionally, the smooth surface of mini mesh grating allows for easier movement of wheelchairs and carts.

Pultruded FRP Grating has an anti slip top and gaps between each bar which can be large or small depending on requirement.

What is Pultruded FRP Grating?

Another FRP solution from National Grating that is perfect for dock and marinas is Pultruded Fiberglass (FRP) Grating.  Pultruded FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic) grating is a high-strength grating made by assembling parallel bearing bars into a series of I-shaped or T-shaped profiles, which are then held together by cross-rods. There are also many variations where the ratio between the gaps in the grating and the FRP beams can change for large gaps or very thin gaps for bare foot traffic on a dock.

This construction provides exceptional strength, allowing it to span greater distances and support heavier loads compared to molded grating. Pultruded grating is manufactured by pulling fiberglass rovings and mats through guides, then into a resin bath, and finally through a heated die to form the desired bar shape. The grating is then assembled by installing the cross-rods spaced on 3” or 6” centers, and the bars are bonded with epoxy to ensure they will not move. It is corrosion-resistant, low maintenance, and offers a safe and comfortable walking surface, making it an ideal choice for various applications, including docks, walkways, and marine environments. Pultruded grating is available in different gap ratios, colors and heights, providing versatility for different project requirements.

pultruded frp grating marina
Pultruded FRP Grating creates a rugged, long lasting and elegant walking surface.

Pultruded FRP Grating can be ADA Compliant (Americans With Disabilities). Pultruded FRP Grating can ADA compliant if a small gap ratio is chosen. 1-4000 and T-1800 Pultruded FRP Grating is ADA compliant due to its small gaps between bars which allows for easier movement of wheelchairs and carts.

FRP Grating is perfect for docks, decks, marinas and boardwalks due to the following features:

Comfortable and Safe Surface: The small holes or gaps allow light and water to pass through, providing a comfortable and safe walking surface, suitable for bare feet or any footwear typically worn in a marine environment.

Anti-Slip Properties: The concave and anti slip grit surface provide excellent anti-slip properties, ensuring safety for pedestrians, even in wet conditions.

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National Grating also has yellow FRP Grating available for high visibility. Custom colors area available.

Corrosion Resistance: FRP grating is resistant to corrosion, making it durable in the harsh marine environment.

Versatility: It can be used for walkways, boat docks, marinas, mooring pontoons, and other marine applications, offering a strong, waterproof decking surface that will last for years.

Low Maintenance: It is corrosion-resistant and requires minimal upkeep, making it a cost-effective choice for long-term use in a marine environment.

Durability and Longevity: FRP grating is highly durable, resistant to saltwater, UV rays, and corrosion, making it ideal for marine environments.

Low Maintenance: Unlike wood that degrades rapidly in wet environments, FRP grating requires minimal maintenance and does not warp, crack, or splinter.

Customization: The ratio between the pultruded bars and the gap can be changed due to strength requirements.  Thickness and lengths can be customized as well.  Color is optional, with grey being the most popular and available.

What are FRP Stair Treads?

Fiberglass Reinforced Stairs are stair tread systems manufactured from Molded FRP Grating or Pultruded FRP Grating. They can be purchased with a yellow nosing for added visibility and safety as well as non slip top surface.

FRP Stair Treads are perfect for docks, decks, marinas and boardwalks:

FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic) stairs are perfect for docks due to several key advantages:

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Pultruded FRP Stair Treads are used here for steps into a lake from the dock. This application is perfect for FRP because it does not degrade from water exposure and has a anti slip top layer for barefoot safety.

Corrosion and Chemical Resistance: FRP Stair Treads are corrosion-resistant and can withstand exposure to harsh chemicals, making them ideal for marine environments like docks.

Durability and Longevity: Unlike wood that degrades rapidly in wet environments, FRP Stair Treads are durable and have a long service life, reducing the need for frequent replacements.

UV Resistance: FRP Stair Treads are UV stable, meaning they do not degrade when exposed to sunlight, ensuring they maintain their appearance over time.

Easy Maintenance: FRP Stair Treads are easy to clean with standard cleaning agents or by power-washing, translating to cost savings and reduced downtime.

Slip Resistance: FRP Stair Treads offer high friction factor, ensuring secure footing even in challenging conditions, making them safe for high-traffic areas like docks.

The corrosion resistance, durability, UV resistance, easy maintenance, and slip resistance make FRP Stair Treads an excellent choice for docks.

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FRP Stairs Treads are perfect for walking to and from water because of their anti slip top surface. Here pultruded FRP Stair Treads with yellow nosing was utilized.

National Grating Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Grating Solutions:

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Fiberglass FRP Stair Tread Covers Revitalize Old Stairs

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Before: These unsightly metal stairs needed improvement. FRP Stair Tread Covers were the perfect solution!

Fiberglass FRP Stair Tread Covers easily install over existing metal, wood or concrete stairs to instantly improve safety, usability, visibility, and aesthetics.

National Grating recently assisted a small business in Ontario to revitalize their old steps with Fiberglass FRP Stair Tread Covers.  The outdoor staircase provides access to the Yoga Studio on the second level of the building.  The old stairs were rusting and becoming unsightly and hazardous.  Fiberglass FRP Stair Tread Covers were easily installed over the existing metal stairs.

Entrances are the first impression for customers approaching your business.  The unsightly stairs leading to the Yoga Studio not only provide access to clients, but they are also the first thing people see before they enter the business and the last thing they see when they leave. The rusting, old stairs looked terrible and presented a bad first impression for clients. The Yoga Studio decided it was time for an update!  New National Grating Fiberglass Stair Treads cover up old stairs without need for a new rebuild, while providing added safety through bright yellow nosing and a grippy anti slip coating. 

People use FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) stair tread covers for several reasons, including safety, durability, and ease of installation. FRP stair tread covers are known for their non-slip properties, which enhance safety on stairs. They are lightweight, making them easy to install, and fiberglass-reinforced plastic is durable and resistant to corrosion, making it a suitable material for enhancing stair safety.

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Before: Outdoor Metal Grating staircases rust and corrode. FRP Plate is another perfect solution to cover up unsightly metal with a grippy top.

Fiberglass FRP Stair tread covers from National Grating have been widely installed over metal, wooden, and concrete stairs with ease.

FRP Stair Tread Cover Benefits

The benefits of using FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) stair tread covers over traditional materials include:

  • Safety: FRP stair tread covers are known for their non-slip properties, which enhance safety on stairs.
  • Durability: Fiberglass-reinforced plastic is durable and resistant to corrosion, making it a suitable material for enhancing industrial stair safety.
  • Ease of Installation: FRP stair tread covers are lightweight, making them easy to install.
  • Versatility: They can be used on various surfaces such as step ladders, concrete, wood, and metal stairwells.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: They can cover worn-out or outdated steps, saving money by avoiding the need for expensive rebuilds.
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Fiberglass FRP Stair Tread Covers create a beautiful finished product.

Overall, the use of Fiberglass stair tread covers offers advantages in terms of safety, durability, ease of installation, versatility, and cost-effectiveness compared to traditional materials.

FRP Stair Tread Cover Applications

FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) stair tread covers have various applications due to their beneficial properties. Some of the common applications include:

  • Interior and Exterior Use: FRP stair tread covers are suitable for both interior and exterior applications, making them versatile for use in different settings.
  • Industrial Settings: They are used in industrial settings to enhance safety on stairs, walkways, and platforms, especially in heavy traffic areas where anti-slip surfaces are essential.
  • Outdoor Walkways: FRP stair tread covers are ideal for outdoor walkways due to their anti-slip surfaces, providing an important safety feature in areas with heavy foot traffic.
  • Various Substrates: They can be used on a variety of substrates such as concrete, wood, stone, metal, and brick stairs, making them suitable for different types of stairwells.
  • Safety Enhancement: These covers are designed to reduce accidents caused by slips and falls, making them a practical and affordable solution for protecting steps.
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Fiberglass FRP Stair Tread Covers are attractive and functional.

FRP stair tread covers are widely used in industrial, outdoor, and indoor settings to improve safety, protect steps, and provide anti-slip surfaces on various substrates.

How to Install FRP Stair Tread Covers

To install FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) stair tread covers over metal stairs, the following general steps can be followed:

  • Contact National Grating to speak with an experienced individual to help you make the best decision. 
  • Measure: Take measurements of the stair treads so the National Grating fabrication team can size your stair tread covers for a perfect fit.  Assess how many stair tread covers you require.
  • Preparation: Ensure that the metal stairs are clean, dry, and free from any debris or protrusions that could affect the installation.
  • Attachment: Use stainless steel or zinc plated saddle clips and domed or flat head bolts suitable in length for the depth of the FRP tread covers. Pre-drill the FRP to the proper hole size for the screws being used.
  • Installation: Pre-position the FRP covers in place to ensure the fit, then install screws about 6 inches from the ends of the piece, and additional screws every 2 feet as needed.
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A large washer with a nut and bolt is used here to securely hold the FRP Stair Tread to the existing metal step.

Once installed, ensure that the covers are securely and firmly attached and provide a non-slip surface for safe use before opening to the public.

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Above the stair treads a flat head bolt is used to create a flat walking surface.


Other Fiberglass FRP Stair Options from National Grating

Fiberglass FRP Stair Treads

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Fiberglass FRP Stair Treads are made from molded FRP with a heavy duty nosing section that can be marked yellow for added safety. The grated design is perfect for outdoor application as water, ice and snow simply falls through for no buildup or maintenance

National Grating also has full FRP Molded Stair Treads for situations when the existing stair needs to be replaced or for new staircase construction. 

Fiberglass stairs are the best solution for outdoor anti-slip stairs. They outlast traditional building materials and are easy to install. Stair treads made of FRP grating are lightweight, easy to fabricate, and highly durable.

Fiberglass stair treads are available as molded FRP treads with yellow nosings and a gritted top surface for all weather grip, for the ultimate in safety. Non-slip stair treads are corrosion resistant and lightweight.

Fiberglass stairs can be fabricated from fiberglass grating, which opens up the options enormously for color, resin, grit, mesh size, and whether molded fiberglass grating or pultruded FRP grating is more suitable.

Fiberglass FRP Railing

Fiberglass Railing Systems are a natural accompaniment to fiberglass stairs for corrosive environments – all components will outlast and outperform steel, stainless steel, wood, or other traditional materials.

FRP railing is non-conductive and in cold environments does not become cold to the touch like metal.

Fiberglass FRP Plate

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FRP Plate can be easily fitted over old metal or steel stairs and walkways to provide a solid, grippy surface.

Fiberglass Plate is a large sheet of FRP that comes in a variety of colors with an anti slip, grippy coating. FRP plate is perfect to cover unsightly landings and platforms with a solid anti slip surface.

FRP Plate comes in thicknesses ranging from 1/8″ to 3/4″ and various resin systems. Plate can be installed on fiberglass grating, metal or concrete, for heavy loads and complete flooring system with all the benefits of fiberglass reinforced panels.

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National Grating prides itself on providing exceptional customer service to all customers, big and small.

Reach out to us today for your next FRP Project!

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Pultruded FRP Grating: The Ideal Solution for Marine Dry Docks and Rail Yards

Pultruded Fiberglass Reinforce Plastic (FRP) Grating is the ideal product Marine Dry Docks and Rail Yards across North America due to its many advantages over traditional building materials.

National Grating has been seeing high levels of interest in Pultruded FRP Grating for applications such as Marine Dry Docks in the great lakes and even as far north as Alaska (due to its winter advantages) as well as Rail Yards across North America.

T-5000 Pultruded FRP Grating in yellow was used to replace the previous material
T-5000 Pultruded FRP Grating in yellow was used to replace the previous material.

This Marine Towing Drydock has found the perfect solution for its demanding environment with the implementation of Pultruded T-5000 FRP Grating from National Grating. This innovative grating, engineered from fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP), offers a comprehensive set of advantages that address the specific needs of the rail yard, ensuring enhanced performance and durability.

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A picture before T-5000 Pultruded FRP yellow grating was installed

Corrosion Resistance and Longevity
Pultruded FRP Grating is designed to withstand the harshest environments, making it an ideal choice for the Marine Towing Drydock Rail Yard. Its superior corrosion resistance, surpassing traditional materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, and galvanized gratings, ensures longevity and minimizes maintenance requirements.

Heavy-Duty Performance
Engineered to carry higher loads, Pultruded T-5000 Grating delivers exceptional strength and stiffness, making it well-suited for the rigorous demands of the rail yard. Its heavy-duty design provides the necessary support for various operational activities, contributing to a reliable and robust infrastructure.

Safety and Efficiency
The safety surface of Pultruded T-5000 Grating, featuring a coarse epoxy grit, enhances worker safety, even in challenging conditions. This prioritization of safety aligns with the dry docks commitment to maintaining a secure working environment for its personnel.

Low Maintenance and Cost-Effectiveness
The implementation of Pultruded T-5000 Grating offers the  Marine Towing Drydock Rail Yard a low-maintenance solution, reducing the need for frequent repairs and upkeep. Furthermore, its cost-effectiveness and long-term performance make it a valuable investment for the rail yard’s operational infrastructure.

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Yellow Pultruded FRP Grating was chosen for this Alaskan application due to its long lifespan, non slip surface, light weight, resistance snow buildup.

Pultruded Grating stands as the optimal choice for a Marine Drydock, providing a durable, high-performance solution that addresses the specific requirements of the environment. Its corrosion resistance, heavy-duty performance, safety features, and cost-effectiveness make it an indispensable asset for the rail yard’s ongoing success and operational efficiency.

Pultruded FRP Grating in other Industries:

Pultruded Fiberglass Grating is commonly used in various industries due to its superior strength, corrosion resistance, and durability. Some potential industries where Pultruded T-5000 grating may be successfully implemented include:

  1. Marine and Offshore: Due to its corrosion resistance and durability, Pultruded FRP grating is suitable for marine and offshore applications, such as shipyards, docks, and offshore platforms.
  2. Industrial Manufacturing: Industries requiring heavy-duty flooring and grating solutions, such as manufacturing plants, chemical processing facilities, and industrial warehouses, can benefit from the high-strength and low-maintenance characteristics of Pultruded FRP grating.
  3. Transportation: The transportation sector, including railway facilities and infrastructure, can utilize Pultruded FRP grating for its durability and resistance to environmental factors.
  4. Construction and Infrastructure: In construction and infrastructure projects, Pultruded FRP grating can be used for walkways, platforms, and structural applications due to its high strength and corrosion resistance.

Characteristics of Pultruded Fiberglass grating make it a versatile solution for a wide range of industries that require durable, corrosion-resistant, and high-strength grating products.

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Yellow and Grey Pultruded FRP Grating compliments each other perfectly and presents an elevated level of safety due to high color contrast.
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Installation of Pultruded FRP Grating is fast and easy due to its lightweight nature.

Why choose Pultruded FRP Grating?

Pultruded FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic) grating is often chosen over molded FRP grating or steel grating for industrial applications due to several key differences in their characteristics and performance. Here are the main reasons for choosing pultruded FRP grating:

Strength and Stiffness: Pultruded grating has a higher fiberglass concentration, making it stronger and stiffer than molded grating. This characteristic makes it suitable for applications requiring higher load-bearing capacity and longer spans.

Corrosion Resistance: Pultruded grating offers excellent corrosion resistance, making it ideal for harsh industrial environments where exposure to chemicals, moisture, and corrosive elements is a concern.

Heavy-Duty Applications: Due to its superior strength and load-bearing capabilities, pultruded grating is well-suited for heavy-duty industrial applications, such as manufacturing plants, chemical processing facilities, and offshore platforms.

Customization and Versatility: Pultruded grating can be customized to meet specific project requirements, offering versatility in panel sizes, resin systems, and other design features to accommodate various industrial applications.

Fire Retardant Properties: Some pultruded grating products are manufactured with fire retardant properties, making them suitable for applications where fire safety is a concern.

Pultruded Fiberglass grating is preferred over molded grating for industrial applications due to its higher strength, stiffness, corrosion resistance, suitability for heavy-duty use, and the ability to be customized to meet specific project requirements.

Pultruded FRP VS Steel and Wood Grating

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Pultruded FRP Grating was chosen in this application due to the deterioration of the wood and its fasteners.

Pultruded FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic) grating is often chosen over steel grating for industrial applications due to several key advantages. Here are the main reasons for choosing pultruded FRP grating over steel grating:

  1. Corrosion Resistance: Pultruded FRP grating offers superior corrosion resistance compared to steel grating, making it ideal for corrosive environments, including chemical processing, marine, and industrial settings.
  1. Strength-to-Weight Ratio: Pultruded FRP grating provides high strength with a lower weight compared to steel, offering easier installation and reduced structural support requirements.
  1. Low Maintenance: FRP grating requires minimal maintenance and is resistant to chemicals, making it an attractive choice for industrial applications where exposure to water, chemicals, and cleaning agents is common.
  1. Safety Surface: The walking surface of pultruded grating often has a coarse epoxy grit bonded to the bearing bars, providing a safe surface for workers, even in wet conditions.
  1. Customization and Versatility: Pultruded FRP grating can be customized to meet specific project requirements, offering versatility in panel sizes, resin systems, and other design features to accommodate various industrial application.

Pultruded FRP grating is preferred over steel and wood grating for industrial applications due to its superior corrosion resistance, high strength-to-weight ratio, low maintenance requirements, safety features, and customization options. These advantages make it a versatile and cost-effective solution for a wide range of industrial settings.

Other Industries Utilizing Pultruded FRP Grating:

  • chemical processing
  • food & beverage
  • marine
  • aquatic centers
  • oil & gas
  • power
  • manufacturing
  • construction
  • pharmaceutical
  • metals & mining
  • pulp & paper
  • recreation
  • water parks
  • telecommunications
  • shipping centers
  • transportation facilities
  • water & waste treatment
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FRP Grating Applications and Markets

FRP Grating Applications and Markets

Molded Grating Platform Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) grating has gained significant popularity in wide variety of industries due to its exceptional properties and versatility. FRP grating is a strong, lightweight, and durable product with excellent corrosion resistance, high strength-to-weight ratio, and low maintenance requirements making it an ideal choice for hundreds of different applications. FRP grating is used more and more ever day in industries such as construction, manufacturing, agriculture, utilities, transportation, pulp & paper, security, military, environmental, and Food and beverage. Here are some of the key markets and applications: Chemical Processing Plants: FRP grating is extensively used in chemical processing plants as it offers excellent resistance to corrosive chemicals and solvents. Its non-conductive nature also makes it a safer alternative to traditional metal grating in these environments. Oil and Gas Industry: FRP grating finds its application in offshore platforms, refineries, and other oil and gas installations. Its corrosion resistance and ability to withstand harsh weather conditions make it a preferred choice for walkways, platforms, and other structural components. Power Plants: FRP grating is used in power plants, including coal-fired, nuclear, and renewable energy facilities, due to its resistance to electrical conductivity and fire. It provides safe and efficient access to critical areas, such as cooling towers, trenches, and substations. Water and Wastewater Treatment: FRP grating plays a vital role in the water and wastewater treatment industry. Its corrosion resistance, lightweight nature, and anti-slip surface make it suitable for numerous applications. Walkways and Platforms: FRP grating provides safe access to equipment, tanks, and basins, even in wet and corrosive environments. Its open mesh design allows easy passage of water, preventing pooling and minimizing the risk of accidents. Trench and Channel Covers: FRP grating is used to cover trenches and channels in water treatment plants. It ensures worker safety while allowing easy access for maintenance and inspection of underground utilities. Shipbuilding: FRP grating is used on ships and offshore platforms due to its resistance to saltwater corrosion, lightweight nature, and low maintenance requirements. It finds applications in deck flooring, walkways, handrails, and access structures. Docks and Harbors: FRP grating is an excellent choice for marine applications such as docks, piers,  and harbors as it provides slip resistance, durability, and resistance to corrosion. It allows water to flow freely, reducing the risk of slips and falls. Architectural Features: FRP grating is used in architectural projects to create visually appealing features such as sunscreens, fences, and façade elements. Its lightweight nature and customization options make it a popular choice for designers. Walkways and Bridges: FRP grating is employed in pedestrian walkways, bridges, and platforms. Its durability, anti-slip properties, and resistance to weathering make it a safer option for high-traffic areas. Pultruded FRP Grating You will find FRP Grating in a wide variety of applications including platforms and catwalks, commercial pools, waterparks, warehouse trenches and pits, car washes, rooftop paver, tile and turf substructure, cellular shrouds, landscaping, movie sets and so much more. Even outer space! Call us at 1.844.599.0260  to speak with a National Grating application specialist or Request a Quote. National Grating Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Grating Solutions: