Fiberglass Planters [DEFINITIVE GUIDE & COMPARISON]: Why Experts Favor Them Over 6 Other Planter Materials

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Fiberglass planters are one of the options you will be looking at if you’re planning to buy some indoor or outdoor plant containers, but is an average fiberglass planter really that next-level flower pot you should trust your plants to?

They certainly enjoy a reputation for being durable, low-maintenance and lightweight, but how do fiberglass planters actually match up against other popular planter types? If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the shapes, sizes, colors and materials at your disposal, here’s all you need to know about fiberglass planters – their main features and benefits, comparison with other kinds of plant containers, how fiberglass are made and whether, ultimately, they are a good choice for your plants.

And if you would first like to take a step back and understand all the available materials a bit better, then make sure you also take a look at our rundown of all the pros and cons of popular planter materials!

What are the benefits of fiberglass planters?

Great value for money

Plant containers made of commercial-grade fiberglass are water-, fade- and chemical-resistant. Because fiberglass planters will not rot, warp or degrade over time, they’re suitable for indoor as well as outdoor use, irrespective of weather conditions. As a matter of fact, they show virtually no signs of wear and tear even after prolonged exposure to water, UV radiation, temperature variations, salt air, and chemicals.

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As a result, they can be used season after season, year after year, saving you a lot of money in the long run. These planters are also lightweight, which translates into a lower shipping cost per unit. When factoring in all these aspects, one can easily conclude that fiberglass planters deliver the least expensive plant container options available today.

A stylish look and feel

Fiberglass planters are delightfully decorative. Because they are available in a large variety of shapes, sizes and colors, you can easily find different fiberglass planters to match existing décor elements. To add character to a trendy décor, you can also opt for specific planter shades to create beautiful color combinations that feature the latest color trends.

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An elegant fiberglass planter can be used as a centerpiece in a lobby or foyer. You could also add several fiberglass planters in this year’s special shade to your garden for a more dynamic, interesting look. For colors that aren’t readily available, please contact our experienced professionals who can create custom fiberglass finishes upon request.

Design flexibility

Because fiberglass has fewer molding limitations compared to other materials, planters made of this material can provide some true works of art while also delivering perfect backgrounds for different plant and flower arrangements. What’s more, fiberglass planters are able to lend a classy, contemporary look to indoor and outdoor areas, while providing authentic sophistication and versatility for many years to come.

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If you’re looking for ways to spice up your design project, fiberglass planter finishes have the power to amplify the beauty of any plant or flower and transform any space by enhancing it with a colorful yet minimalist understatement. Many stylish fiberglass planters encompass three of the most important characteristics for design flexibility, namely: visual appeal, functionality and versatility.

Especially, when it comes to creating privacy with greenery, commercial fiberglass planters are great choice as modular planters. Lightweight and durable, along with the perfect shapes and lines, fiberglass pots will make the outdoor commercial space neat and clean.

Perfect complement to plants

Because fiberglass planters come in many different shapes, sizes and finishes that can perfectly complement any contemporary or traditional setting, they are ideal décor elements for many interior and exterior design projects. Whether you prefer clean, sharp lines or elegant curbs, fiberglass planters can balance out a wide variety of plants and flowers that are commonly used to enhance the overall design and atmosphere of different spaces.

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Round and wide fiberglass planters can balance out tall branching cacti, large spiky succulents, small trees, as well as exotic flower arrangements. Conversely, rectangular planters would work beautifully with a nice array of smaller plants, such as the spider plant, oxalis, polka dot plant, lithops and echeveria.

Are fiberglass planters better than other plant containers?

You may be tempted to cut costs by opting for less expensive plastic planters. Plastic planters, however, degrade when exposed to sunlight, and you could actually lose money in the long run. Other planter materials, such as wood, terracotta and metal, are also susceptible to water damage and tend to fade, split and/or crack due to exposure to the elements. Overall, we believe fiberglass planters stack up favorably against the other six most popular planter materials, but let’s take a look at them one by one in some detail.

Fiberglass planters vs. plastic planters

In appearance, both materials are able to represent a wide range of colors but unfortunately, plastic is a very cheap substance and it will look cheap too. When it comes to implementing color, producers of plastic planters often melt the plastic with the color or dye the plastic and then add the color. This can make for some bright colors, but it lessens the overall quality of the color. With our painted fiberglass, we use the same paint that gives contemporary automobiles their sleek appearance and amazing reflections if the gloss is used.

Both planters won’t negatively impact plant health. However, plastic planters are more easily eroded. Fiberglass is superior at maintaining and regulating temperatures, whereas plastic can morph in high heat and crack in the cold. On the whole, fiberglass is much more durable than plastic. It can hold its shape better while also maintaining its structural integrity for a much longer time.

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Fiberglass planters vs wooden planters

While each has their unique appearance, wooden planters and pots have a much more specific aesthetic than fiberglass planters. If you are going for a rustic or vintage look, then wood might be the superior planter for you, but it also comes with limitations. Fiberglass is better at handling varying climates. If wood is properly sealed and varnished it will be okay for the variances, but humidity will break down a wooden planter faster than a fiberglass one. In an office setting the degradation will be slower, but the wood will go before the fiberglass does.

Fiberglass is also much more customizable than wood. The variety of painting solutions and styles we provide can make them virtually indistinguishable from all the other materials out there, except for wood. Wood is best at looking like itself though you can hide the fact by using different paints or styled cuts. But ultimately, it won’t look better than an alternative, and it would often cost much more to make it look like its cheaper counterpart.

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Fiberglass planters vs terracotta planters

The biggest difference between terracotta and fiberglass planters is customizability. Fiberglass has much more room for customizability regarding colors, and it is being adopted much more into modern interior design. Terracotta has to be changed at a molecular level to alter the color while fiberglass planters can be repainted. Fiberglass planters are also much lighter than terracotta planters, which makes it much easier to move them around. Terracotta pots often have a very weighty feel to them too.

Both of these materials bring unique appearance, and for many people’s small gardens at homes, terracotta pots and planters are frequent fillers due to their rustic appeal. Both the planter materials offer great support and breathing room for plants to grow and root, but terracotta planters are also prone to cracking in cold weather and retain excess heat which can damage the plant root.

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Fiberglass planters vs. concrete planters

When talking about long-time durability and strong up-front investment, it really only comes down to fiberglass and concrete. Both of these planter types have long lifespans as well as are incredibly durable, but concrete planters cannot be moved without running the risk of structural damage to the surrounding property. On the other hand, our larger fiberglass can still be easily moved even when they’re filled with soil and plants.

Concrete planters will be coarser to the touch than fiberglass planters. While they are both capable of being any wide variety of colors, concrete planters will always have a slightly muted tone to it due to the material. The overall quality of fiberglass planters make them a more worthy option. With fiberglass, you’re receiving easier maneuverability with brighter colors for the same long lifespan.

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Fiberglass planters vs. metal planters

While fiberglass is interwoven fibers that are layered atop each other, metal planters often have either a dull or bright shine to them due to the sun. They are both lightweight and easy to maneuver, but when it comes to plant health, fiberglass takes the cake. Metal planters are too risky for outside and inside plant health. On the outside, excess heat can burn and damage the soil and the plants. Inside, the metal can rust and cause oxidation to occur at the bottom of the plants, rusting them too.

Metal planters are highly prone to rust which can also degrade the integrity of the pot and cause holes. Considering the importance of watering plants, it is incredibly common for metal planters to start showing damage signs. Fiberglass planters, on the other hand, do not have any risk for rusting due to the lack of iron in the planter composition.

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Fiberglass planters vs. foam planters

Fiberglass and foam planters might be the furthest apart in terms of their structural integrity, quality, and price. While there have been great advances in the visual appeal of foam planters, there is still a large disparity regarding customizable choices between fiberglass and the limited foam opponent. Fiberglass is far more durable than foam but naturally, if not handled properly and with care, both can suffer cosmetic damage impacting the visible integrity of the containers.

Temperature control is a bit of a wash. In colder climates, both of these planter materials operate effectively at keeping the plant healthy. However, at higher temperatures, the foam can degrade and release chemicals that are harmful to the plant health. The only positive to working with foam planters is the fact that they are cheaper than fiberglass. Unfortunately, they are cheaper in more ways than one.

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How are fiberglass planters made?

Here at Jay Scotts, fiberglass planters are constructed of the highest quality materials prepared by highly skilled craftsmen. Each of the planters is created with a custom mold in the exact size, shape, and dimensions of the final product. Then fiberglass sheets are carefully cut, shaped and inserted into and surrounding the mold. High-quality polyester resin is then applied several times over the mold (depending on the size and shape of the planter) to create the final product.

Once the final coat becomes hard, the planter will then be taken to the finishing department where each product is meticulously finished by hand. Like an expensive fiberglass boat or car, the finishing department trims the product of any excess materials and evenly sands the fiberglass surface so that the finish is smooth. This process is time-intensive but necessary to produce the exquisite, durable quality plant planters that Jay Scotts customers have come to love and to expect.

Are fiberglass planters a good choice?

Yes, by all means! Fiberglass is the most efficient material for planter construction, giving planters a high strength-to-weight ratio and excellent resistance to impacts, UV radiation, water, and chemicals. Fiberglass planters are also lightweight and versatile enough to cater to all tastes, fit into any setting and comply with different functional demands. This allows landscapers, interiorscapers and decorators to create flexible designs by taking advantage of endless options to change both the look and function of different spaces.

Obviously, not all planter shapes go with all interiors or all outdoor areas, but fortunately there are some universal rules we can go by when we arrange any space. Get to know 8 key factors to consider when choosing a planter for your next indoor or outdoor project, and be sure to also read our in-depth post on choosing the right planter colors.

You may also find it useful to have a look at the dos and don’ts of fiberglass planter maintenance. And for an even broader angle on adding planters to any design, check out these unique tips on planter arrangement from professional designers!

If you’re now looking to add high-quality fiberglass planters to your design, then you’re in the right place! Our wholesale fiberglass planter collection is the most extensive planter line available in the market today, and our planters are designed in-house and manufactured exclusively by us. Browse our universal fiberglass planters and take your design project to the next level!

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