September 18, 2020
Space-Age Materials

Utilizing Patented structural and thermally insulating materials, WorkPods are thinner, lighter, and better insulated than any other portable shed or travel trailer on the market.

The Fiberglass Reinforced Panel Advantage

  • Structural fiberglass panel – Not a laminated glued skin to core
  • Seamless, one-piece panel construction
  • Ease of graphic installations
  • No mold releases or waxes
  • Durable, strong & abuse resistant
  • Choices of colors, sizes, and thicknesses
  • Decades of proven performance
  • Optional core materials available
  • High volume capacity capability

With the numerous strength and performance benefits of fiberglass fabrics, polyester gel coats, polyester thermoset resins, and structural exterior grade plywood or polypropylene honeycomb, we can produce one-piece, aesthetically pleasing, extremely durable, and long-lasting FRP panels quickly and cost-effectively.

Plywood core materials have provided the “best bang for the buck” for many years.  The exterior grade adhesives, combined with the American Plywood Association’s (APA) rated, type 1, structural 1, veneers, will provide years of service at a lower life cycle cost than most other core materials and wall systems.  As an alternative, polypropylene honeycomb fiberglass panels fulfill the need of structural and durable panels at approximately one-half the weight of plywood cored FRP panels.

Fiberglass Panel Manufacturing

Fiberglass has been widely accepted in the transportation, marine, military, corrosion, and construction industries for decades.  Regardless of size, our fiberglass panels deliver the strength and performance required for almost every type of composite panel design.

The plywood core is manufactured to our specifications by the most recognized plywood mills in the nation. This is what creates the lightweight nature of fiberglass panels. Utilizing this core material in our unique process allows us to use polyester resin in its liquid state to saturate both the core and the woven roving fiberglass at the same time.  This process overcomes the risk of delamination that can occur with other types of laminated cores using contact adhesives or glued skins.

The woven roving fiberglass is the strengthening or structural member of the composite FRP panel. The basket weave pattern of the woven roving fiberglass fabric compared to a random chopped glass found in other laminates, provides superior resistance to damage from impact and flexural movement. This pattern allows our fiberglass panels to have more strength and durability compared to our competitors' products.

UV stable polyester gel coat paint is bonded to the surface of the FRP panel at the same time as the polyester resin, which through wetted-out the woven glass, is curing into its hardened plastic state. This process takes place under heat and vacuum to ensure complete wet out of the woven roving fiberglass, the scrim, and the gel coat to produce a one-piece structural FRP panel.

Other panels available in the marketplace are produced by using adhesives to bond skins to either side of a substrate.  Using an adhesive to bond three different materials together in a pinch roller or press does not produce the strength and quality of panel consistent with our wet lay-up structural fiberglass panel.

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