Sunday, February 14, 2010
Fiberglass poles - a thing of the past?
For a number of years now, RHG has been selling fiberglass waterfed poles in the US market.
Fiberglass poles are extremely popular for one main reason, PRICE! They are relatively inexpensive in comparison to their counter parts, the Carbon Fiber poles.
The drawback of a fiberglass pole is that it is very flexible by nature. The further the pole is extended the more flex is in the pole.
One might ask why flex in a pole is a negative.
The reason is quite simple. The end user needs to be able to control the brush and the water flow at the end of the pole. Control at the brush is the single most important factor in getting good quality results on the glass. So the more flex in the pole, the tougher it is to control the brush. Many users of fiberglass poles are not able to fully extend their poles due to the excessive flex in the pole when they do so. This causes the window cleaner to have to purchase a pole larger then they really need because some of the poles length is not all that usable.
Carbon fiber on the other hand is the stiffest and lightest available product on the market for waterfed poles. The downside is that carbon fiber is very expensive in comparison to fiberglass. Generally our customers will purchase carbon fiber poles once they have to work at a height of 25' or more. This gives them the most control at the brush at great heights. Another benefit of the carbon fiber poles is that you can fully extend the entire pole and not create extra flex in the pole. This allows the window cleaner to utilize the entire length of the pole that they have paid for.
In the near future Reach Higher Ground, Inc. will be introducing a 'Carbon Composite' pole to the US market. This will be a first of its kind pole to the US and it will allow the end user to obtain a stiff, lightweight, and affordable pole at the price of many fiberglass models. The benefits of this line over fiberglass will be obvious. Less flex will allow the end user to have more control at the brush and be able to utilize the entire length of the pole. While there will likely always be a place for fiberglass poles, we believe that these 'Carbon Composite' poles will set the tone for future sales of economical poles in the US market.
Look for more information regarding this line of 'Carbon Composite' poles from RHG in the very near future.