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The Importance of Gel Coat In Fiberglass Composite Buildings

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


At Shelter Works our composite equipment shelters are engineered specifically to meet the rigid requirements of industrial applications. They are manufactured using the same composite materials used to produce today’s advanced marine craft, transportation equipment and aircraft. The durability of our fiberglass composite shelters remains unchanged event in extreme temperatures and corrosive environments.

One of the key components of our manufacturing process is the outer layer of protective gel coat. Our gel coats offer 4 basic benefits:

Protective Barrier – Chemical and water resistance.

Aesthetic Appeal – High quality finish and gloss retention.

Variety – Unlimited color choices.

Long-Lasting, Maintenance-Free Performance – Weatherability, corrosion and graffiti resistance and resiliency.

During the manufacturing process the gel coat is the first layer applied followed by the fiberglass composite. Once the fiberglass is applied the cross linking of the polymer chains occurs resulting in an irreversible solid, permanently hard material that is resistant to ultra violet deterioration and hydrolysis. The color (gel coat) is not a coating adhered or painted on, it’s actually an integral part of the fiberglass.  It will never flake, peel or need to be repainted.

The durability of our gel coat technology is an important part of our industry leading 25-Year warranty.  A painted surface, such as wood or metal requires routine maintenance to retain their appearance and structural integrity.  Metal can rust and wood can rot if not serviced properly.  Our fiberglass composite shelters are resistant to corrosion, rot and rust.  Our shelters will always be longer lasting and virtually maintenance free.  Thanks to combination of the protective gel coat and our unique FiberBeam technology, our shelters live up to the promise“Built for Life”.
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