Understanding the Material Properties of Polycarbonates

When it comes to modern construction or industrial applications, VULCAN polycarbonate sheets provides a wide range of colors and functionalities to choose from, regardless of size and shape.

Combining incredible strength and impact resistance for extra security plus co-extruded UV protection which reduces the effects of weathering, VULCAN Polycarbonate sheets offer long-lasting performance and lifespan.

To have a better understanding of the material properties of polycarbonates, below is a brief introduction on how to choose the VULCAN product to correctly meet your requirements:

• Maximum Natural Light Penetration: Valuview Clear/LiteGuide

• Maximum Natural Light + Diffused Indirect Light Penetration: Valuview Opal/LiteGuide

• Maximum Natural Light Penetration + Solar Infrared Heat Reduction: Solarshield Green/Blue IR-Cut

• Shaded Light Penetration + Interference Color Reflection: Valuview Green/Blue/Bronze/Grey

• Shaded Light Penetration + Interference Color Reflection + Solar Infrared Heat Reduction: Ti-Lite Blue/Green/Silver/Bronze

• Shaded Light Penetration + PAR Selective + Solar Infrared Heat Reduction: Pearly

VULCAN Properties of Polycarbonates Material Comparison Table
The following table illustrates in detail how Profiles and Materials can be mix-matched


Weather Resistance: The ability of a material to prevent corrosion, loss of material or any sort of deterioration due to prolonged exposure to harsh environmental and weather conditions.

Warranty: VULCAN Limited Warranty terms and conditions.

Visible Light Transmission Rate: The amount of light that reaches your eyes through the glazing material.

Transparent: Permits light to pass directly through.

Translucent: Permits light to pass through but not showing the distinct images on the other side.

Direct Lighting: When light falls on a specific area or an object.

Diffused Lighting: Non-direct light, the harsh quality of direct light beam is evenly spread or dispersed.

Shading (Lower VIS): Slight darkness cause by blocking direct lighting from the sun or other light source.  Should not be confused with heat reduction.

IR Control: Only certain wavelengths of the Infrared heat spectrum are allowed to pass through.

Spectrally Selective: Only certain portions of the solar spectrum are allowed to pass through.