FEATURES and BENEFITS
This information is
intended to familiarize you with the key elements of the
Fiberglass window products manufactured by Inline Fiberglass
Ltd. For those who take the time to investigate other framing
material alternatives, you need only compare, the benefits
which Fiberglass offers and why these high performance
products are becoming so popular.
Ratings - most
energy efficient fenestration products available. ER Ratings
are computer simulated comparisons, representing the thermal
efficiency of the windows and their effect on a home's heating
system. Stability - Fiberglass exhibits the least amount of
expansion / contraction of any fenestration framing material.
"Dimensional Stability" - Fiberglass parts hold their forms
and shapes under severe mechanical and environmental stresses.
Test Results - Exceptional test results for all product lines
i.e. resistance to water leakage, air leakage, wind load and
forced entry. These test results confirm Inline Fiberglass
Ltd.'s design capabilities as well as the structural
properties of Fiberglass. Durability - impervious to harsh
atmospheric conditions including many corrosive environments.
Colours - 5 standard colour options, split colours (in / out),
custom non-metallic colours. Value - best value for money
compared to any other option. Complete Performance -
incorporates the best characteristics of all other materials
and still offers more.
From glass marbles
to fiber-optics - once you realize how many products are being
replaced with Fiberglass composites, you recognize that this
is the material of choice for a large category of products
including fenestration products. The following is a short list
of common Fiberglass products that you are familiar with:
Common Fiberglass Products
a) Boats - perhaps the most
common. Once completely dominated by wood and aluminum, the
pleasure craft boating industry is now 95% dominated by
fiberglass. Corrosion resistance, light weight, stability in
temperature extremes and durability are some of the main
features and benefits.
b) Recreational Skis (water / snow),
helmets, pole vaulting equipment, golf clubs, golf carts,
hockey sticks, hockey pads, fishing rods, playground
equipment, motor home, travel trailers, snowmobiles, swimming
pools and diving boards. Products in this category are the
c) Household Products Shower stalls,
laundry tubs, sinks, bathroom tubs, hot tubs, vacuum cleaner
housings, iron handles, microwave oven cook trays, television
swivel stands, furniture, chairs and tables.
Fender Moldings, front ends, head lamp and tail lamp housings,
hoods, exhausts components, grilles, instrument panels,
insulated tanks, engine covers and body components.
Performance Products Racing cars, rocket motor cases, aircraft
nose cones - wing tips - wing fuel tanks, antenna components,
f) Chemical Processing Corrosion resistance
is the key to wide spread application of Fiberglass Composites
- chemical and fuel tanks - storage tanks and hoppers - fume
collection hoods and duct systems.
g) Construction Windows
and Doors, structural shapes, paneling, siding, skylights,
curtain wall components, glazing panels, concrete pouring
forms, ladders and painting poles. Items (a) through (g) are
just some of the more common applications of fiberglass
products. There are many more common and specialty areas where
fiberglass products are chosen for their specific
WHAT IS A FIBERGLASS COMPOSITE
The choice of
composition (amount of fiberglass, type of rovings, resin and
inert fillers) usually depends upon the property requirements
of the finished product i.e. mechanical, electrical, and
chemical. The selected composition, the general shape
considerations and production volume in turn indicate the
manufacturing process to be employed. There are many types of
systems used to make the end products i.e. Contact molding
methods - hand lay-up, spray-up, Injection and Compression -
molding, Cold molding methods, Filament winding and Continuous
Pultrusion as well as others. While it is important to know
about the other manufacturing processes, we will discuss only
Continuous Pultrusion as it is the system used by Inline
Fiberglass Ltd. to manufacture window and door framing
materials. Continuous Pultrusion is the process used to
produce continuous lengths of strong, Fiberglass composite
products having a constant cross section. Products
manufactured using this technology include window framing
material , rods structural shapes, beams, channels, pipe,
tubing etc. The manufacturing process works as follows:
Continuous strands of Fiberglass rovings and fiberglass mats
are impregnated with resin , then drawn through a steel die
which sets the shape of the stock. A portion of the die is
heated to initiate the cure. The end product is a Thermoset
Fiberglass Composite. Very high strengths are possible due to
high glass concentration and orientation of Fiberglass rovings
and mats parallel and perpendicular to the length of the
material being drawn through the die. Thermoset or
Thermoplastic: Thermoset - Heat is generally used to cause a
chemical reaction which sets the shape of the part
permanently. Once the materials are cured they cannot be
reformed: the process is irreversible. All of Inline's
Products are thermoset. Thermoplastic - Heat is used to melt
or soften a material during the forming operation. The shape
is retained after the part is cooled below the softening
point. The shape is not permanent since heating will soften
the material and allow it to flow. The process is reversible.
Products primarily made of plastics are thermoplastic. PVC is
a thermoplastic material.
WHY FIBERGLASS WINDOWS?
Consider the basics of what a window should do
and check it against Inline's Fiberglass Ltd.'s product
a) Keep out - the climatic elements Keep in - the
interior air quality i.e. heat or cold air, moisture etc. The
combination of exceptional design combined with a window
system which provides the best overall energy ratings and the
ingredients for a superior window.
Friendly - Inline Fiberglass Ltd. products were recently
chosen for CMHC sponsored "HEALTHY HOUSE" in Toronto,
c) Year Round Smooth Operation Dimensional
Stability means that there is essentially no dimensional
change in the window framing material whether it is -60
degrees Celsius or + 60 degrees Celsius. Also because the
frame is over 60% glass fiber there is complete compatibility
with the glass it retains. No other window system compares
with this type of performance.
composites are extremely durable and life is measured in
hundreds of years. Fiberglass material which is over a
thousand years old has been found intact. More common
comparisons are boats sailing in salt water for over 50 years.
Underground chemical storage links which must last over 50
years. Our Canadian climate is the ultimate test for all
exterior building components. Fiberglass material currently
spans the top 300 feet of Toronto's CN Tower, the world's
tallest landmark which is located in one of the most demanding
environments. Durability is one of the basic characteristics
of Inline pultruded Fiberglass composites. QUOTES "Fiberglass
frames . . . They have the highest R-values of all frames;
thus, they are excellent for insulating and will not warp,
shrink, swell, rot or corrode." Department Of Energy . United
States of America "Generally, well-designed fiberglass frames
provide the best insulating value, . . . Fiberglass frames
offer insulation and strength in low-profile, configurations,
contributing to some of the highest energy ratings." R-2000
Windows. Natural Resources Canada "The best energy performance
in window frames has been achieved using a fiberglass frame
with foam insulation in the frame cavities." Consumer's Guide.
Natural Resources Canada After over 10 years of R & D
Inline Fiberglass Ltd continues to learn and lead in the
development of new fenestration products, manufacturing
equipment and technological advances in pultrusion
capabilities. Perhaps our greatest achievement to date is the
ability to produce our products at competitive costs to other
quality fenestration products. This fact alone has enabled
thousands of customers to enjoy the benefits of fiberglass
windows and patio doors without paying a premium over other
existing quality products.
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