Oldcastle - Benefits of Polymer Concrete vs FRP vs Duralite™

By

Marlene Casillo, CSP

Inside Sales Specialist

June 12, 2023

Oldcastle - Benefits of Polymer Concrete vs FRP vs Duralite™

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Oldcastle Polymer Concrete is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional concrete.  The enclosures provide strength and durability but at a fraction of the weight.  They offer a broad range of sizes and configurations to meet your needs.

These products can withstand incidental traffic from light and medium-duty trucks.  

Oldcastle Polymer allows for easy field modification with common power tools.  Contractors and installers can modify these enclosures quickly with ease.

FRP –Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer Concrete

Oldcastle FRP features a lightweight design allowing for easier, safer handling and installation. The FRP product is paired with a polymer concrete lid and select units are suitable for light or heavy incidental traffic.  The product can meet expected load ratings while installers can handle and modify with ease.

Strength and durability are key features of the Oldcastle FRP family.  The reinforced fiberglass sidewalls are high-impact resistant, providing a superior solution to a common challenge in this market.

FRP is easily modified in the field with common power tools.  

Duralite™

Duralite™ has the strength of polymer concrete but weighs 50% less.  The Duralite™ family of enclosures deliver Tier 15 and Tier 22 load rating performance in the lightweight enclosure category.

Duralite™ features a lightweight design allowing for easier, safer handling and installation.  Many of the Duralite™ enclosures can be handled by just one person, per OSHA guidelines.  “Lift light, lift right.”

Strength and durability are key features to the Duralite™family.  The durable design and material overcome many common challenges traditional enclosure materials experience like chipping or cracking.

Duralite™ allows for easy field modification with simple power tools.  With a common 18V cordless drill and a hole saw, contractors or installers can modify these enclosures quickly and with minimal dust.

The material is a blend that is fire resistant; meeting the ASTMD635 standards for plastics.

Duralite™ is the lightweight solution, engineered to withstand heavy loads and provide interior working space nearly identical to polymer concrete.  This product provides the sameTier 15 and Tier 22 performance as polymer concrete but weighs 50-75% less.

Consider the following when selecting the right product and accessories:

·     Choose the size and Brand

Oldcastle offers a wide variety of sizes available in round and rectangular configurations.  Choose the size and brand that best fits your needs.

·     Know the required performance for your project

Look for the load rating needed for your application.

·     Select a cover style and Marking

Covers are available in a variety of materials and styles.  Some have special markings, marking plates and locking options.

·     Choose accessories, hardware, and other options

There are many options and accessories available for Oldcastle enclosures.

Oldcastle - Benefits of Polymer Concrete vs FRP vs Duralite™

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