Fiberglass Grating | Pricing Details

Fiberglass Grating | Pricing Details

Fiberglass grating is increasing in popularity in recent years, as with many fiberglass products, due to the versatility and renewability of fiberglass as a resource. Being somewhat eco-friendly, and very durable, fiberglass is a material that makes all sides of the argument more or less happy.

The question everyone asks, though, relates to affordability and pricing. How costly is fiberglass grating, how are prices determined, and what factors are key contributors to the resulting prices?

The truth is, there’s a lot to factor in with pricing of fiberglass grating, and no one thing supersedes the rest in level of impact. As a result, all of the contributing factors are equally key.

The truth is, there is no standard industry price for fiberglass grating, when the price is given to the consumer, but the best way to determine if a price seems reasonable is to consider the factors alluded to above. So, let’s take a look at what a few of these might be.
Material costs are relatively constant, but they are a factor. The components used in fiberglass are silica granules, epoxy and acetone which together form a liquid to solid transition into a durable shell. The price of these materials changes little from location to location or time to time, aside from general inflation and local economy.

The manufacturing process involved is a major contributor, however. Some fiberglass grating manufacturing processes involve a lot of human intervention to cut or mold the material into the desired shape. These tend to be costlier processes, and so if the producer in question mentions these processes as their techniques of choice, then their slightly higher prices are justified.

Manually-crafted fiberglass is often of higher quality than machined, so if this is raising the price to some extent, it is worth the compromise.

Storage of this material is a factor too, but in a different way. Companies that specialize in fiberglass grating, or grating in general, will have reduced storage and warehousing costs than a company with more diversified interests. With this in mind, it’s best to seek out a company that manufactures and sells grating directly and exclusively, to cut out the higher cost of diversified warehousing.

More directly applied to the consumer, the amount of grating and the size of the cells is a factor as well. Smaller cells are more affordable, as they are easier to produce and are often less frequently damaged in handling. Larger, less rigid grating is more susceptible to damage in shipping and storage. The fact is, any product has this sort of overhead, of some damaged goods occurring internally. This overhead affects price, and so, going with serially-implemented smaller cells is going to be a more affordable option.

Fiberglass grating is usually sold in quantities, rather than individual units, It is often palettes or reams of cells at a time, ergo it is more affordable and cost effective to use it in scaled jobs. However, with smaller units, individual cell replacements or small scale quantities can be available reasonably-priced from grating specialists. This is more of a challenge for diversified providers that do not handle grating as a primary or exclusive product.

Again, there is no industry standard for pricing, but you know you are getting the best price when the company is all about grating, and when they list their processes.

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