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What is Polycarbonate Roofing? Pros and Cons List

Prior to the discovery of polycarbonate material and its use, roofing materials usually comprise of wood, composite, metal, clay/brick, and for outdoor sunlight penetration requirements, you have a choice between glass or acrylic, as plastics such as PVC and Fiberglass (FRP) does not allow enough visible light to pass through.  It wasn’t until the 1950s was polycarbonate commercialized, and only until 1970 were it able to be produced glass clear instead of the brownish tint it carried at the beginning.

Although acrylic sheets were commercially produced more than 30 years earlier than polycarbonate sheets and used as “safety glass”, it still posed a threat as acrylic crakes easily, and breaks into shards when damaged.  Polycarbonate sheets on the other hand, is like acrylic on steroids.  Polycarbonate possess all of the physical properties of Acrylic, but is 10 times stronger, and does not shatter, which makes it significantly safer as a glazing material when used commercially. These properties alone make polycarbonate panels perfect for roofing and construction purposes.

It is common for people to confuse polycarbonate roofing with generic plastic roofing, especially when they are looking for alternatives to replace an existing skylight covering or simply want to renovate.

Since polycarbonate roofing sheets can be used in a variety of applications, and come in a wide selection of profiles and color tints, it is best to provide clear photos of the premises or schedule an on-site visit to determine the best product solution.

The choice of profile, color and material may also differ depending on where it is installed; for example, the requirements for a polycarbonate greenhouse roofing would be totally different from a pergola or car port.

VULCAN Plastics offer a variety of profiles, materials, colors and accessories choices

Polycarbonate Profile Choices

Polycarbonate Properties Choices

Polycarbonate Accessories

If you are still unclear about what a polycarbonate roofing is, please contact us via phone or email us at [email protected] for more information.

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