Mast Material Matters: Aluminium vs. Fibreglass vs. Composite

Mast Material Matters: Aluminium vs. Fibreglass vs. Composite

At SMC, we manufacture our extensive range of masts from materials best suited to their applications, guaranteeing optimal performance and durability. Let’s talk about the difference in mast materials to help you choose what’s right for you.

Fiberglass Masts:

Fiberglass masts are known for their lightweight, non-conductive properties, and resistance to corrosion. They are particularly suitable for applications where electrical conductivity is a concern, such as in proximity to power lines or when dealing with sensitive equipment. Fiberglass masts also offer excellent insulation properties, reducing the risk of electrical interference.

Aluminium Masts:

Aluminium masts offer a lightweight alternative to steel, providing ease of installation and portability. They exhibit good strength-to-weight ratio and resistance to corrosion, making them suitable for portable and transportable use.

Composite Masts:

Composite masts, often made of a combination of materials like fiberglass and carbon fibre, offer a balance between strength, weight, and durability. They provide enhanced stiffness and rigidity while remaining lightweight for portability. It is worth noting that whilst composite masts can be more expensive compared to other materials the weight to strength ratio compared to other materials is a definite benefit making the additional cost worthwhile.

At SMC, we do not manufacture steel masts as these typically are better suited for fixed applications and structures such as pylons. The T Series antennas do require substantial structures, such as steel masts, because of extreme head load size, weight and wind speeds. Where required, we can source these for you.

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