Phone
704-528-5321

Church Steeples

PO BOX 388 Troutman, NC 28166

Fax
704-528-5745

     Schafer Mfg. Co. 
the leaders
in Fiberglass
Products since 1956. 

          "One Nation Under God"
 

About Schafer Manufactured Steeples

 

 
INFORMATION FOR ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS FROM JOHN R. SCHAFER, OWNER OF SCHAFER MANUFACTURING COMPANY, AND DEVELOPER OF THE ORIGINAL STRUCTURAL FIBERGLASS STEEPLES: ALL OF WHICH HAVE WITHSTOOD EVERY HURRICANE, INCLUDING HUGO............................    

HAVING BEEN IN THE COMPOSITES FABRICATING BUSINESS FOR OVER 62 YEARS, AND AT THE SAME LOCATION FOR 59 YEARS IN THE DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE OF QUALITY FIBERGLASS PRODUCTS, WE WISH TO INFORM YOU OF THE DIFFERENCE IN OUR METHOD AND PRODUCT FROM OTHERS ON THE MARKET........ STRUCTURAL F.R.P. CONSTRUCTION IN STEEPLES HAVE UNITIZED STEEL BASE FRAMES. THIS IS OPPOSED TO OLD FASHIONED TOWER FRAMES WHICH ARE COVERED WITH THIN SKINS OF F.R.P. AND ARE NOT LOAD BEARING OR SELF SUPPORTING, AND WILL IN TIME DROOP DOWNWARD UNDER SUNLIGHT AND HEAT OVER THEIR STEEL FRAMES TO CRACK AND LEAK: ALSO, THEY DO NOT WITHSTAND WINDS OR ICE LOADS VERY WELL. CONSEQUENTLY, THE THIN SKIN F.R.P. STEEPLES ARE NOW BEING REPLACED BY STRUCTURAL F.R.P. COMPOSITES AT AN INCREASING RATE. WE ARE ALSO MANUFACTURERS OF THIN SKIN CHOPPER GUN PRODUCTS IN OTHER ITEMS WHERE
APPLICABLE...................


.........THIN SKIN STEEPLES ARE USUALLY MOLDED BY CHOPPER GUN AND THE CLAM SHELL METHOD WITH A VISIBLE FLANGED SEAM RUNNING DOWN TWO SIDES. MANY GIVE TROUBLE DUE TO FLEXING BY WIND OR BY HAIL STONES OR JUST ICE BUILDING UP HEAVY ON ONE SIDE DURING ICE STORMS. ON THE CONTRARY FOR STRUCTURAL FIBERGLASS REINFORCED PLASTIC (S.F.R.P.) STEEPLES MOLDED AND FABRICATED WITH STRUCTURAL PANELS, ANGLES, CHANNELS, I-BEAMS AND RODS WHICH ARE LAMINA-WELDED INTO ONE INTEGRAL UNIT, BECOMING COMPLETELY S.F.R. P. UNITIZED WITHOUT JOINTS
   STRUCTURAL F.R.P. STEEPLES DO NOT HAVE SECTIONAL PARTS THAT ARE BOLTED TOGETHER, NOR DO THEY HAVE RIVETS, SCREWS OR SEALANTS TO WEAR OR RUST OUT OVER TIME. POSITIVELY NO WOOD PARTS ARE USED AS THIS WILL ROT AWAY WITH THE TWICE A DAY SWEATING OF THE INTERIOR...

    THE S.F.R.P. STEEPLE SYSTEM IS ACHIEVED BY UNITIZING ALL ELEMENTS INVOLVED INTO A SINGLE UNIT. THE STEEPLE BECOMES .A BOX BEAM ITSELF AND CAN BE MADE 
IN ONE PIECE UP TO 52 FEET LONG
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES UNDER ASTM METHOD STANDARDS SHOW THAT WE
  AVERAGE A MINIMUM OF 40,000 PSI PER .250 THICKNESS IN ALL STRENGTHS THIS IS 5 TO 10 TIMES STRONGER MATERIAL THAN IN THE STANDARD THIN SKIN F.R.P. SYSTEM ...................



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