Fiberglass Reinforced Plywood
FRP is a common alternative to aluminum side walls in van bodies and cutaway vans. FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Plywood) van bodies tend to give you more cubic feet of payload than aluminum. FRP is smooth holds up to Florida weather, chemicals, and high impact. FRP is durable, noncorrosive, and scratch-resistant so you don’t have to worry about rust. Fiberglass Reinforced Plywood gives a truck body smooth, white walls that it is great for putting on graphic and easy to keep clean. It also creates a brighter work environment inside the truck body. FRP is also high strength and lightweight. It is cost effective and low maintenance a great choice all around.
Things to consider when deciding between FRP and aluminum one is initial cost because of the rising prices of aluminum Fiberglass Reinforced Plywood is only slightly more expensive then the aluminum alterative. In weight aluminum is eight to ten percent lighter than FRP. In appearance FRP offers a smooth, bright, seamless surface while with aluminum you have seems and rivets to work around. Therefore, FRP is better for applying graphics. FRP is more durable but if you do have a break in it you need to fix it quickly to prevent further damage. If you have significant damage Aluminum is typically less expensive but for minor damage FRP is less expensive. Once again FRP also provides more interior space and the white interior makes it a lot easier to work inside of it then Aluminum.
We sell Fiberglass Reinforced Plywood as well as aluminum cutaways. The one thing that makes our cutaways unique is we offer two side one half inch gel coated FRP while most companies only offer one side. FRP and aluminum both have their pros and cons. Give us a call to today at 800-330-1229 to get even more detail about which option is right for your van or cutaway.