Fiberglass is the newest material to hit the home appliance scene, and it’s a doozy. You’ve probably already heard of fiberglass already; airplanes, cars, automobiles, bath tubs and enclosures, swimming pools, hot tubs, septic tanks, water tanks, roofing, pipes, classing, casts, surfboards, external door skins, and much much more.
Why does everyone love fiberglass so much? Because it’s awesome. It’s a reinforced plastic that uses glass fiber as the reinforcement fiber. This glass fiber can be integrated into the material in a variety of ways, including randomly, flattened into a sheet, or woven into a fabric. Sometimes thermosetting plastic matrices are used, but more often epoxy, polyester resin, vinyl ester or a thermoplastic are used.
Fiberglass is a strong lightweight material that comes in handy all the time. It’s strong in both tension and compression along its axis. It is weak, however across its axis.
By layering multiple layers of fiber on top of one another with each layer oriented in various preferred directions, the material’s overall strength across any access can be somewhat controlled.
So why are so many people using fiberglass for so many different uses? Fiberglass’s versatility is connected to its light weight, inherent strength, weather-resistant finish and variety of surface textures. It was first mass-produced in 1932, in time for World War II, during which it was used as a replacement for the molded plywood used in aircraft radomes. This was especially helpful since fiberglass is transparent to microwaves. Its first civilian application involved building boats and sports car bodies, where it gained acceptance in the 1950s. Now it’s used got car and sport equipment as well. It was popular in aircraft production, but is now beginning to be phased out due to the discovery of carbon fiber, which weighs less and is stronger volume and weight.
Fiberglass is even used in telecommunications for shrouding antennas. Its radio frequency permeability and low signal attenuation properties make it possible to use to conceal material where no signal permeability is required.
It’s also great for helmets and masks for goalies and catchers.
People are now beginning to make storage tanks not out fiberglass. Some roofing laminate, door surrounds, over-door canopies, window canopies and dormers, chimneys, coping systems, and heads with keystones and sills are being created using fiberglass due to its durability and strength. Its reduced weight allows for easier handling than with wood or metal, which in turn leads to faster installation.
Now pipes are being made too. But the major question is, when can I get myself a fiber glass toaster? Or a fiberglass refrigerator? Maybe I want a fiber glass fork and knife that I can put in my fiber glass egg salad that I eat off of the fiber glass ground? Would it be possible for me to use fiber glass as a confidant? Maybe I could make an American flag out of fiber glass and sing next to it. I would like to sleep on a fiber glass bed and film it using my fiber glass webcam!