Too much of a good thing can be bad. Take sunlight, for example.
Moderate exposure to sunlight can bring about several benefits. For one, sunlight stimulates the production of vitamin D which is essential to bone health. Apart from that, the sun’s UV rays can help boost immunity, build strong muscles, alleviate a few skin conditions and even improve one’s mood. UV rays can also aid in disinfection and sterilisation. Through effective design, homeowners can harness sunlight to reduce the cost of utilities.
However, over-exposure to the sun’s UV rays can prove to be harmful. Skin cancer, sunburn, eye damage and premature ageing are but a few of the conditions attributed to too much exposure to sunlight. Too much sunlight also poses adverse effects on plastics, fabrics and hardwoods.
If you want to reap the benefits of natural sunlight in your pergola, shed or carport but want to avoid its adverse side effects, it is worthwhile to consider the use of polycarbonate roofing. Polycarbonate sheets offer several appealing advantages, including letting as much as 90 percent of the sunlight into your home while offering close to 100 percent protection from harmful UV rays. And unlike tempered glass, a polycarbonate sheet is much stronger and can handle the elements effectively.
If you are thinking of installing these roofing sheets on your property, here are a few important things that you should bear in mind.
First, note that these sheets have UV protection on one side only. Prior to installation, go over the product literature to find out which side has UV protection. If you install the side without UV protection, you cannot fully reap the advantages offered by these roofing sheets. Furthermore, your new roof will become weathered and discoloured faster than they ought to. If you’re using the sheet as a siding, make sure to orient the side with UV protection on the side where there is more sunlight.
If you have previously used these sheets on your property and want to use them again, make sure to first check the colour of your existing sheets before making any purchase. This will allow you to avoid the mistake of purchasing mismatched sheets. Sealing is seldom required in installing these sheets. If you must use sealants, check with the manufacturer to ensure that you are using one that is compatible with the sheets.
In cutting these sheets, avoid using high-speed cut-off wheels as these can melt them. Instead, opt for sharp scissors or a power saw fitted with fine-toothed blades.
Modifying your ventilation system can help keep condensation at bay. Otherwise, expect condensation during the cooler months. This is perfectly normal.
Over time, dust and dirt may accumulate on your new roof and you may want to clean these off. The best way to do this is to use soapy water and a soft brush. Avoid using abrasive tools or chemicals. If you see bird droppings on your roof, clean these off immediately to prevent staining.