Facade, loaned from the French word façade, meaning frontage or face, is generally the front part of exterior of a building, and is often viewed as an important aspect from either an aesthetic or engineering standpoint. The combined properties such as ease of forming to shape, post process, coloring and characteristics that passes strict building and safety regulations has made polycarbonate panels a very popular building and decorating material of choice in recent years.
Some of the advantages include but are not limited to:
Polycarbonate panels are easy to either cold or heat formed to the desired shapes and angles, and are also easy to cut to size.
Depending on the color chosen, for example, polycarbonate facade exterior walls can be designed to create ambient lighting conditions during the day, while glowing from within at night. For areas requiring privacy, polycarbonate panels or curtains can be tailored to become opaque while still allowing sufficient light to pass through, be it night or day.
Polycarbonate sheets have better thermal insulation properties than other light transmitting glazing materials such as Perspex/PMMA, Acrylic, FRP and Glass, thus making it the better choice for energy efficient light transmitting constructions.
Polycarbonate can be said to be the best material when it comes to security glazing and is used as facades due to its high strength but without the weight penalty. Materials such as PMMA or Glass cannot offer the same level of protection without additional post reinforcement processes.