Polycarbonate Roof Panels
Polycarbonate Roof Panels are an ideal selection for a variety of roofing applications. Some of the reasons for the popularity of polycarbonate roof panels is the low cost, ease of installation, insulation rating, and its ability to support high snow loads.
Polycarbonate Roof Panels are also extremely light weight when compared to other roofing materials. So minimal support is required unless local codes and environmental conditions dictate higher snow load values.
Polycarbonate Roof Panels are commonly used in industrial roofing applications as well as residential roofing applications such as patio roofs, pool enclosures, and sunrooms.
Polycarbonate Roof Panels can also be used to construct hurricane shutters or hurricane panels in coastal areas that are frequently subjected to hurricane conditions. In this case special sheets are suggested that are “Dade county approved”. Why Dade county approved? Because Dade countys stringent requirements have become the standard for testing and rating building and roofing materials that are used in hurricane zones.
Polycarbonate Roof Panels are available in a wide range of colors with varying degrees of translucency. Choose clear polycarbonate roof panels for projects that require higher levels of light penetration, and darker colors for privacy or applications where less light transmission is desired.
The term “polycarbonate roof panels” actually refers to two distinct varieties of polycarbonate panels. The two types are corrugated and multiwall panels.
Corrugated polycarbonate roof panels are constructed of a single layer of polycarbonate with “peaks and valleys”. Although this type of polycarbonate roof panel is extremely strong its not as insulating as multiwall polycarbonate roof panels are.
Multiwall polycarbonate roof panels are made from 2 or more flat layers of plastic separated with air spaces. Additionally, multiwall polycarbonate roof panels are fluted which adds even more strength to the product. Not only does the fluted design increase the strength but it also creates layers of air that acts a buffer between the inside and outside environment, lowering electricity and energy costs as well.
Multiwall polycarbonate roof panels are slightly more expensive than its corrugated counterpart. But multiwall polycarbonate panels are worth the extra expense if the budget allows.
Polycarbonate Roof Panels are just as suitable for use as wall panels too. In fact entire greenhouses are frequently made from polycarbonate panels. Polycarbonate roof panels are not only lighter weight and stronger than glass but much less expensive and easier to install.
Regardless of which variety of polycarbonate panels you chose. Both varieties are very strong and will provide some degree of protection against common pests, vandals and thieves.
Another benefit of choosing polycarbonate roof panels in your next roofing project is the wide temperature compatibility range. Polycarbonate roof panels can withstand temperatures ranging from -40F to 212F. This combined with their substantial snow load values makes polycarbonate panels useful in many of the planets most hostile environments.
One issue thats often overlooked when considering polycarbonate roofing sheets is how they are made. Much of the no brand, off brand, or discount store polycarbonate roofing sheets actually started their life as water bottles or CD cases. While a premium grade of polycarbonate roofing panels are made from high percentages of virgin resins.
Its good to be concerned about the environment and recycle as much as possible. But when hundreds or thousands of dollars are involved along with the substantial resources required to transport the product and install it, it makes more sense to focus your recycling efforts on things other than expensive and time consuming
roofing products. Afterall what good is recycling if the product starts to degrade after a few short years (or months) and winds up in the scrap yard only to be replaced again in a short time frame?