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Coastal Applications

Strongwell offers a wide variety of fiberglass solutions to meet your structural needs! Fiberglass grating, decking, handrail, shapes and building panels can replace steel, aluminum and wood in many coastal applications!


Benefits of Fiberglass for Costal Applications:

  •  No Rot or Rust
  •  High Strength
  •  Easy to Fabricate
  •  Easy to Install
  •  Virtually Maintenance-Free
  •  Long-Term Cost Savings
  •  Impact Resistance
  •  Custom Colors Available

Fiberglass Decking Withstands the Elements Years Later

A STRONGDEK™ fiberglass decking installation at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama in 2003 has withstood the test of time. Even after a hurricane and weekly functions, the deck remains as attractive and strong today. As you see in the photos, four years of beach weathering has had minimal effect on the Perdido Beach installation.

Four years of beach weathering has had minimal effect on the Perdido Beach installation of STRONGDEK™.


Fiberglass Handrail Incorporated Into Coastal Hurricane-Proof Homes

Aviila PierA hurricane resistant model home on Topsail Island in North Carolina has been fitted with Strongwell’s new architectural handrail system, STRONGRAIL®. The home was designed by 1st Class Homes NC, with the help of three engineering firms, to withstand hurricane force wind to Category 4 (140 MPH).

1st Class Homes selected STRONGRAIL® because of fiberglass handrail’s engineered wind-load strength, durability of finish and attractive appeal to homeowners, designers and builders. Potential customers can purchase the entire home package from 1st Class Homes or may select STRONGRAIL® to renovate and upgrade existing homes, docks, piers, condominiums and commercial structures.

Aviila PierThe low-maintenance STRONGRAIL® handrail is cost-competitive with traditional railing materials. STRONGRAIL® is a better choice than PVC, which has no comparable strength or durability to fiberglass and degrades rapidly in coastal environments. When compared to lumber, the high quality pultruded shapes that comprise STRONGRAIL® will not splinter, stain, warp or require repainting for the next 10 years or longer.

Advantages over competing aluminum and steel systems include resistance to oxidation, discoloration and pitting. In the highly corrosive salt-water environment, STRONGRAIL®, with molded-in color, will outlast aluminum and steel systems with virtually no maintenance.


Marina Solves Coastal Corrosion Problems with Pultruded Grating

Dinner Key MarinaStrongwell’s DURAGRID® T-1700 pultruded grating was used to replace wood planks on a large walkway at Dinner Key Marina in Miami, Florida. Wood planks were frequently damaged during large storms and were susceptible to rotting caused by the corrosive salt-water environment. Dinner Key Marina operators found the corrosion, rot and mildew resistant DURAGRID® pultruded grating to be an ideal replacement. The grating allows for easy accessibility to utilities below the walkway because the lightweight panels can be easily removed for maintenance.

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The grating also preserves the aesthetic beauty of the surrounding area. The greatest appeal of the T-1700 grating with 2” T-bars, however, was that spans the wide walkway while maintaining enough stiffness to feel solid to those walking on it. DURAGRID® pultruded grating brought numerous other advantages to the customer as well. The grating is easy to install and maintain; low in thermal and electrical conductivity; aesthetically pleasing; and available in custom colors.


FRP Guards California Pier From Corrosion

Aviila PierThe Avila Beach Pier in California has been reconstructed using Strongwell’s pultruded fiberglass structural materials. The 1,685-foot public pier was in need of a large stairwell at the end that would allow public access for landing boats and unloading guests.

The pier is constantly exposed to a harsh saltwater environment and is always under attack from the corrosive elements. In fact, parts of the new stairwell are entirely submerged in saltwater at all times. Strongwell’s fiberglass materials were chosen over traditional building materials because of the superior corrosion resistance and strength that FRP offers.

The pier now features a walkway that was constructed using EXTREN® I-beams and channels at the base of the pier for extra support. In addition, DURADEK® pultruded grating, stair treads and SAFRAIL™ handrail were installed. Pat Dalton Construction was pleased with the project and reported the FRP solution is far superior in performance to wood and steel materials previously used.

The pier reconstruction project is part of a local initiative responsible for growing tourism at Avila Beach after an oil spill in the 1990’s destroyed much of the land in that area. Strongwell is pleased that its FRP materials helped to restore the pier and will help it last for years to come!

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