Many urban areas today use conduit systems to house power and data transmission lines instead of just using poles and overhanging cables. These can be placed above ground for easier installation and access, or below ground for better aesthetics. Either way, many contractors have discovered that the using fiberglass conduit products make a lot more sense than simply using traditional rigid galvanized steel or PVC-coated steel.
Fiberglass has been used in numerous conduit systems all over the world, and its popularity is growing. Those who have already tried have confirmed the various advantages it offers:
- Design versatility. With fiberglass, you have a material that’s easy to mold into whatever shape you want. This gives you a lot of leeway when it comes to its looks, so that you can increase its visual appeal if you do install the conduit system above ground. The various fiberglass sections can also be designed in such a way that workers need only to assemble the system by pushing the pieces together. The different ends can be designed to fit seamlessly, so there’s no need for time-consuming threading.
- Strength. Fiberglass conduits are remarkably strong. In fact, on a pound for pound basis it’s much stronger than sheet metal. This means it can withstand impacts and strong winds much better than steel.
- Lightweight. Since the fiberglass is much stronger than steel, it means you don’t need as much of it to get the same strength that you would from steel conduits. So workers can use easy-to-carry lightweight sections in the construction site, and a single worker can carry a single section with no problem. With steel conduits, you’ll need overly heavy sections that a single worker can’t carry alone.
- Cost–effective. Consider the fact that the fiberglass is lightweight and therefore easy to carry. The light weight also reduces charges for shipping and delivery. Also, the fittings can be molded precisely so that push-through assembly is the norm. This means that the installation can be very quick, so contractors don’t have to pay for too much work time. This also means that the work can progress quickly so schedules can be followed more closely.
The cost-effectiveness of fiberglass is also due to its superior strength and durability. It will last for a very long time, and it doesn’t need much maintenance at all.
- Superior reactive properties. Fiberglass comes with a very long list of terrific features that make it utterly dependable. It’s great for above ground systems because it’s UV resistant and impervious to chemical reactions. It’s also impact and shock resistant and it won’t rust at all.
Then there’s the fact that it is very resistant to fire. Safety is increased because if it won’t burn at all, the fiberglass won’t emit toxic fumes that can harm people and the environment. It also doesn’t contract and expand when exposed to the cold, the heat, or stress.
It’s nonconductive too, so it’s very safe when used for power lines. It’s also transparent to radio frequency, so when you use the material for electronic housing there won’t be a degradation of the performance.
Fiberglass can be used below ground and above ground, under bridges and even underwater. These conduit systems can house power lines, telecom cables, and even hazardous materials. With their strength and chemical toughness, fiberglass products are favored by contractors and engineers all over the world. It’s a tough material that lasts for a very long time, and it can be engineered to meet even the most stringent safety requirements.