Nowadays, a lot of people use polycarbonate for roofing because it is a high performance material that works just perfect in this role. And due to the fact that the sheets of polycarbonate are being designed for various markets, more and more people are using it. This means that there are also a lot of glazing systems around now. Basically, everything seems to point out to the fact that this is probably the best material for roofing; this statement is further supported by the fact that the polycarbonate is 200 times stronger than glass, and yet a lot lighter than it. It is also shatter-proof, offers UV protection and is able to transmit as much as 90% of the available light! And finally, perhaps the best reason why polycarbonate is great for roofing is the fact that it can be fit rather easily and looks a lot better at the top of your home than anything else.
So, how does it work? Well, it will amaze you to know that the sheets of polycarbonate don’t need to be screwed in; they actually clip in to the glazing system. This system is usually made up of aluminium or PVC bars; the bottom part of these bars needs to be screwed in to your roof joints, while the upper one is “clickable”.
So, just cut the sheets to size and lay them down in order to “click” them into place, and you never have to worry about them again. Make sure you measure everything several times in order to be sure that you’re going to cut the sheets properly. You can either cut the acrylic sheeting yourself, or buy them already cut to size; the latter option is better for those who aren’t that handy with cutting tools. Also, what’s amazing about polycarbonate sheets is the fact that you can also get them not only in the size you want, but also in the shape you want! That way, you’ll know that you’ve “got everything covered” if you’ve got a complicated roof structure or design.
If you’re interested in installing a canopy, you’ll find that there is no better material for this than polycarbonate, and especially the polycarbonate sheets. In fact, there are polycarbonate sheets of different thickness which are being used for different purposes. Four millimetre thick polycarbonate is perfect for greenhouses, sheds and cold frames; the 10 mm polycarbonate is great for pergolas, carports and sheds; and the 25-35 mm thick polycarbonate is just ideal for conservatory roofs.
It should be mentioned that the polycarbonate sheet ought to be protected and covered with a film. This film should be left on the sheet at least until it gets fitted up there on the roof. Also, it is worth noting that the moisture ought to be kept away from the flutes of your polycarbonate; this means that the polycarbonate sheets need to be kept somewhere dry, and never outside, and especially not on the wet grass.