Polycarbonate is an ideal material and popular choice for various roofing design structures, including residential homes, commercial buildings, and even greenhouses. Its light weight, durability, impact resistance, light transmission, ease of installation, shatterproof, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly properties is what makes polycarbonate so attractive for use in roofing designs. The color options, styles, and special properties such as shade and heat reduction give polycarbonate roofing a functional yet at the same time, unique vibe.
- When designing a polycarbonate roofing system, here are some factors to consider :
Determine the purpose of your polycarbonate roof. Are you installing it to provide natural light, protect against the elements, or create a specific aesthetic appeal?
Roof Type :
VULCAN Polycarbonate roofing can be used for various roof types, including flat roofs, curved roofs, and pitched roofs. Consider the design of your building and the roof type that suits it best. Click here for an interactive experience of VULCAN polycarbonate sheet applications.
Maintenance and Cleaning :
Consider the ease of maintenance and cleaning. Polycarbonate roofing is generally low-maintenance, but access for cleaning and periodic inspections should be incorporated into the design. Click here for our extensive guide to Handlin, Storage, and Cleaning Polycarbonate Sheets.
Structural Support :
Consider the structural requirements of your polycarbonate roof. Depending on the span and load-bearing capacity of your structure, additional support structures, such as purlins or rafters, may be necessary.
Proper ventilation is important to prevent heat buildup and condensation within the roofing system. Plan for adequate airflow by incorporating ridge vents, eave vents, or other ventilation solutions into your design.
Building Codes and Regulations :
Ensure that your polycarbonate roofing design complies with local building codes and regulations. Consult with professionals and obtain necessary permits before starting the installation.
Panel Thickness :
Polycarbonate panels come in different thicknesses, for VULCAN Polycarbonate sheets, our Solid Flat sheet thickness ranges from 2mm to 15mm, and from 0.6mm to 2mm for Corrugated profiles. Thicker panels offer better insulation properties, but they may be heavier and more expensive. Choose a thickness that balances your requirements for insulation, weight, and budget.
Fastening and Installation :
Select appropriate fastening systems that will securely hold the polycarbonate panels in place. Ensure proper installation techniques are followed to maintain the integrity of the roofing system. VULCAN offers a comprehensive guide on How to Fix Polycarbonate Sheet , dedicated Accessories , Polycarbonate Crest Fixing Fasteners and Polycarbonate Valley Fixing Fasteners for our customers.
Color and Light Transmission :
VULCAN Polycarbonate roofing panels are available in various colors and levels of light transmission. Clear panels allow the most light to pass through, while opaque or tinted panels can provide shade and privacy. Consider the desired amount of natural light and heat transmission for the covered are when designing polycarbonate roofing.
UV Protection :
Polycarbonate panels are usually treated with a UV protective layer cap to prevent degradation and yellowing caused by prolonged sun exposure. Ensure that your chosen panels have adequate UV protection to maintain their clarity and durability over time. VULCAN UV resistant polycarbonate sheets use 100% virgin Covestro UV stabilized polycarbonate base material and which is then co-extruded using the best, high concentration UV stabilizers available on the market. Capable of absorbing 99.5% of harmful UV wavelengths between 290~400nm, VULCAN polycarbonate sheets are protected against loss of clarity due to the weathering caused by extreme heat and sunlight, and can last more than 10 years under extreme conditions.
VULCAN offers sheets with special properties such as heat resistance, extra shading, or IR reflection. Please refer to our Polycarbonate Material Properties Guide for more information.