Concrete poles or FRP poles, which is the best option?

FRP poles have gained a lot of space in recent years in public and private lighting applications, not only in Brazil, but also in the world. Its advantages in relation to traditional poles, made of concrete, are numerous, so today there is a tendency to migrate to the use of these new materials. Ecofibra uses state-of-the-art technology to manufacture FRP poles through the filament winding process and FRP crossarms through the pultrusion process. The result: products of high quality and durability, with a cost/benefit ratio far superior to traditional poles.


While concrete poles are extremely heavy, FRP poles are 10 times lighter. This greatly facilitates the transport and installation process, especially in cases of large quantities, being ideal for coastal regions and areas of difficult access.


Another very important issue is the security that FRP poles provide, not only to the place, but also to people. While concrete poles have little insulating capacity, increasing the risk of accidents with electrical discharges, FRP poles have a high insulating capacity and do not offer a risk of electric shock, even if there is some loose wiring inside. In addition, its lightweight structure reduces the risk of injury in traffic accidents in the event of collisions and collapsing poles.


We don’t even need to mention how common it is to see concrete poles in need of maintenance, whether due to time wear, cracks and even broken pieces. This is another great advantage of fiberglass poles, since in terms of life cycle composites can last more than 50 years without the need for maintenance. In other words, fiberglass poles are ideal for use in hard-to-reach places, environments with adverse conditions such as acid rain and polluting agents, as they are also immune to corrosion caused by salt water, H2S, generic, galvanic, intergranular, or graphitic corrosion.

When we compare the two products, it is clear that FRP poles are much more advantageous for any environment, whether in the city or in the countryside. It is also worth remembering that FRP poles can be used in a number of applications in addition to highways and streets, such as gated communities, parking lots, stadiums, sheds, sidewalks…

Get in touch with our commercial department and learn about all the possibilities of Ecofibra’s FRP poles for your public lighting designs.