Frequently Asked Questions
Select below for FAQ (frequently asked questions) about Fiberglass and steel panels from outletpanel.com
What type panels does outletpanel sell?
What type steel panels does outlet panel sell?
What are "fiberglass"panels?
What colors are available in steel and fiberglass panels?
What are "fiberglass" panels reinforced with?
What type reinforcing is available?
What difference does the type reinforcing make in a fiberglass panel?
What is the "plastic" in FRP or GRP (fiber reinforced plastic, glass reinforced plastic)?
Does outletpanel.com manufacture these panels?
What types of resin are offered?
What is a "thermoset" resin?
What is the difference between translucent and transparent?
What is the difference between translucent and opaque?
What is a fire rated panel?
What is the difference between fire rated and FM approved?
What widths and lengths are available from outletpanel.com?
Does outletpanel.com guarantee or offer any type warranty on B grade panels?








What type panels does outletpanel sell?

Outletpanel sells new first quality fiberslass panels from RESOLITE steel panels from Whirlwind and B grade-overrun panels from various manufacturers.

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What type steel panels does outlet panel sell?

Outlet panel is a distributor for several metal panel manufacturers We offer steel panels from 29 gauge farm/ag profiles to 16 gauge roof decking and steel shapes from 20 gauge flashing to 1" thick hot formed shapes.

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What are "fiberglass"panels?

"Fiberglass" panels are actually FRP (fiber reinforced plastic), or GRP (glass reinforced plastic)and are generally referred to as "fiberglass".

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What colors are available in steel and fiberglass panels?

Steel and fiberglass panels can be made to order in a variety of colors if there is sufficient quality. All stock items are available on a first come basis. Steel is stocked in mill finish, galvanized, galvalume, and some colors. Fiberglass panels are stocked in translucent white, green, clear, opaque gray and many other colors,  please contact us to verify color and quantity before ordering any items. 

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What are "fiberglass" panels reinforced with?

FRP panels are manufactured using various types of thermo set resins and glass fibers. The type glass and orientation of the glass fibers determine the strength of the finished laminate.

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What type reinforcing is available?

RESOLITE and Outletpanel.com B grade fiberglass panels are reinforced with either chopped strand, woven cloth, or a combination of the two.

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What difference does the type reinforcing make in a fiberglass panel?

STRENGTH- The type reinforcing determines laminate strength. Continuous glass reinforced panels can be manufactured with higher glass contents, leading to much higher mechanical properties.

COST- type and percentage of reinforcing is a large factor in the finished cost of the product. For example: Panels reinforced with chopped glass are less expensive to produce than panels reinforced with continuous glass fibers.



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What is the "plastic" in FRP or GRP (fiber reinforced plastic, glass reinforced plastic)?

All FRP laminates are a combination of fibers (FR)a plastic resin (P). Panels offered on Outletpanel.com are manufactured using polyester thermo set resins and glass fibers.

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Does outletpanel.com manufacture these panels?

NO, outletpanel.com is only a venue, or reseller of products made by RESOLITE and other manufacturers.

B grade panel  manufacturer cannot be named,  all are "generic panels"



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What types of resin are offered?

Panels offered on outletpanel.com are generally manufactured with high quality thermoset polyester resins. The type polyester may vary, but most will be general purpose orthophthalic, isophthalic, or a combination depending on application. Resin may be selected with RESOLITE panels, but B grade panel resins cannot be changed.

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What is a "thermoset" resin?

Resins used in the panel industry come in two types, thermoset, and thermoplastic. Below is a very unscientific, but understandable explanation of the difference.

Thermoset resins (polyester) are liquids that react with a catalyst to form a solid, and cannot be returned to their liquid state.   A good comparison is a boiled egg, it starts liquid, heat is applied, and it forms a solid that cannot be made liquid again without destroying it.

Thermoplastics resins (PVC) are also liquids that become solids.  But unlike thermoset resins, thermoplastics are softened by application of heat or other catalysts.   Thermoplastics can be heated, reshaped, heated, and reshaped over and over.  A good comparison is JELLO gelatine.  It starts liquid, solidifies as it cools, then melts when heated, hardens again when cools. 



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What is the difference between translucent and transparent?

Fiberglass panels are translucent, glass is transparent. Both transmit light, but you can not see details through a translucent panel like you can glass or thermoplastic sheeting. Likewise, you do not get direct sunlight, glare, or as many UV rays through a translucent panel.

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What is the difference between translucent and opaque?

Translucent panels are light transmitting. OPAQUE panels are non light transmitting. However, no fiberglass panel should be considered to be light excluding (such as for darkrooms) as glass fibers always have the potential of allowing small amounts of light through. Opaque FRP panels may contain specific fillers to insure low light transmission.

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What is a fire rated panel?

Fiberglass panels can be made with fire retardant resins and specific fire retardant additives, resulting in a lower "flamespread" rating than non fire rated resins.

RESOLITE panels are offered in fire retardant and FM approved resin systems.

B grade panels sold by outletpanel.com are not tested, certified, or in any way verified to be fire rated panels.



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What is the difference between fire rated and FM approved?

A fire rated panel has been tested in a small scale test chamber compared to Red Oak flooring and Asbestos and assigned a number that relates only to that test, such as FS 25.  No full scale tests have been performed on FR panels.

An FM approved panel, like RESOLITE RFM, has been tested by FMRC in a large scale test chamber consisting of a mock wall and roof under strict guidelines.  FM approved panels may often be used in unsprinkled applications where typical FR panels might not be allowed.



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What widths and lengths are available from outletpanel.com?

Outlet panel specializes in overruns, odd lots, and also provides first quality panels in many profiles from RESOLITE and Whirlwind.

Each profile is made to a specific overall width which provides a specific coverage. Panels are stocked in various lengths from 4'- 25'.



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Does outletpanel.com guarantee or offer any type warranty on B grade panels?

Outletpanel.com wants your business and will do everything possible to provide materials that meet your requirements.

WE guarantee satisfaction with panels you purchase or your money back.

BUT, outletpanel.com makes no warranty, offers no warrant of suitability, and does not guarantee any B grade panels sold for weight, resin, structural integrity, fire rating, chemical resistance, or any other specific classification. All B grade panels are sold as is, where is.



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