For home applications which require the use of transparent or translucent surfaces, the first choice of designers and property owners is glass. But despite the prevalence and advantages of the material, it has several drawbacks. These include its cost, heavy weight and fragility.
Because of these drawbacks, many designers have sought alternative materials. Number one in this list are plastics. Plastics offer several advantages over glass including wide availability, light weight, low cost and durability. Still, plastic is not deemed to be suitable for some applications.
Enter polycarbonate. Developed in the ’50s, polycarbonate is a type of thermoplastic that has gained wide traction because of its several appealing quantities. Unlike other types of plastics, it is versatile, durable and affordable. On top of that, it can be formed into a wide variety of shapes and possesses good thermal properties. Compared to glass, polycarbonate is about 200 times stronger and yet has a lighter weight.
Another advantage polycarbonate has over glass and plastic materials is that it is available in different colours ranging from clear to translucent to bronze.
An untreated polycarbonate panel can let a large amount of light in. The use of both coatings and colours can significantly reduce the amount of light let in.
Today, polycarbonate is used in a wide variety of applications in the property setting. These include daylighting, green house, fences, privacy screens, sound barriers.
Polycarbonate roofing is also used in areas on the property where an ample amount of sunlight is preferable but there is also a definite need to cut down the amount of UV rays. These include pergolas, covered walkways, enclosures for swimming pools, greenhouses, screening and/or partitioning, industrial glazing, sports complexes and shopping centres.
Polycarbonate sheeting can perform this task more than adequately, with some types being able to provide as much as 99.9 percent protection. This prevents common problems like sunburn, skin damage and even damage to furniture and appliances.
This means that you will be able to enjoy the benefit of having as much as 90 percent sunlight let into a space, providing you with an unparalleled view of the sky while preventing the adverse effects of too much exposure to sunlight and harmful UV rays. Polycarbonate can be easily installed and formed into radiuses. This, in turn, can help you save on labour cost.
In addition, the treatment used in manufacturing polycarbonate roofs ensures that your roof becomes more resilient against yellowing. You will get unmatched beauty, function and strength.
If you wish to learn more about this roofing material or purchase it, you can visit Metal Roofing Online’s page about polycarbonate roofing.