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Champion Fiberglass 7.20.2015

How Fiberglass Conduit Optimizes Your Project’s Performance and Cuts Costs

How Fiberglass Conduit Optimizes Your Project’s Performance and Cuts Costs.- Contractors Benefiting from Reduced Labor and Incorporating Beneficial Long-Term Cost Savings of Fiberglass into Project Bids. In an increasingly competitive world—where every dime on a project bid is scrutinized—fiberglass conduit is one material that electrical contractors are thrilled to see on a spec list.

Related: Choosing Between Fiberglass, PVC Coated Steel & Aluminum Conduit

According to the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Manual Labor Units chart for 2013 to 2014, contractors’ estimation of normal installation rates for fiberglass are two to three times less than traditional conduit materials like PVC coated steel and aluminum.

Download the NECA Labor Rates Comparison Chart

Fiberglass Conduit Saves Money by Making Installation Quicker

Lightweight, yet durable fiberglass conduit is easy to cut and transport. In fact, fiberglass conduit has been used on many challenging installations to shave time off an installation and save money, including the Monterey Bay Coast Guard Pier, located between Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row, along the San Carlos Beach Park in Monterey, California. The installation, which involved retrofitting the pier’s PVC-coated steel conduit, was made far easier with the lighter-weight fiberglass material—enabling the contractor to complete the job quicker and on budget.

A Smarter Conduit Choice

With fiberglass conduit’s resistance to corrosion and low coefficient of friction—engineers looking for a more durable product with better anti-corrosive properties are making it a must-have on their project’s spec list. And that’s good news for contractors that benefit from easier installation compared to more traditional alternatives and long-term cost savings to the client that can be factored into project bids.

For more information about fiberglass conduit and how it cuts project costs, download the fiberglass comparison chart.