FRP Grating Installation
Fiberglass grating products are easily cut with standard power tools, using masonry or diamond embedded blades. While worm gear-driven circular saws are preferred for straight cuts, standard tools can be used for most cutting, including angle grinders fitted with diamond embedded or masonry blades and jig saws for curved cuts. Even a hand saw can be used if necessary. Always use sawhorses or platforms for supporting panels while cutting so to avoid flexing or shifting during cutting.
When FRP grating panels are cut at an angle to provide a change in direction of a boardwalk, adjacent panels should always be cut at the same angle so the load bars match up when panels are joined. Follow Archatrak’s guidelines on how to install fiberglass (FRP) grating panels.
Fiberglass grating fasteners are available in a variety of styles and sizes for all types of gratings. Clips can be used to secure gratings to the supporting structure or fasten adjacent panels. Clips are made of stainless steel 304, 306 or 316L for maximum corrosion resistance. Clips are sold as a set consisting of clip, bolt, nut and washers. The most common types of clips are:
- M clip – for attaching gratings to supports using two adjacent bearing bars
- C clip – for joining adjacent panels
- J clip – for attaching gratings to the support frame in moderate loading applications only
- Steel beam connector – for attaching grates to steel ‘I’ beams