What thickness polycarbonate should I use?

If you’re using polycarbonate, we recommend a minimum thickness of 3mm for applications such as replacing shed windows to provide adequate security. If you’re replacing or installing greenhouse panes, you may want to opt for 4mm instead.

When ordering polycarbonate, it is important to note that we do not recommend 4mm multiwall or solid polycarbonate sheets for roofing applications. However, any thickness between 6mm and 25mm are ideal. You can also use polycarbonate for other glazing requirements.

Likewise, how strong is 10mm polycarbonate? 10mm Polycarbonate Sheet – The ultimate in glass-like strength. Polycarbonate is incredibly tough and strong. It weighs as much as five times less than glass and is thermoplastic. Being stiff it makes a great glass alternative and it comes with excellent impact resistance.

Also asked, how long does polycarbonate roofing last?

10 to 20 years

How strong is 2mm acrylic?

2mm Acrylic Sheets. Our Acrylic is 10x stronger than glass, shatter resistant, doesn’t age and is UV and weather resistant making it ideal for use in a wide range of indoor and outdoor commercial and DIY projects.

Does polycarbonate crack when drilled?

Using the wrong type of bit can result in the tool grabbing as you are drilling, which can lead to chipping at the edge of the hole. That’s a real problem because chips can propagate into cracks. According to Alison Svoboda of Boda Corporation, “polycarbonate is “notch sensitive” so a sharp drill bit is imperative.

Can you drill through polycarbonate?

Standard wood working drill bits are suitable for drilling holes in polycarbonate sheet. This will ensure the drilling will not blowout the panel as the drill exits the material. Do not under any circumstances use a centre punch on a polycarbonate panel, it’s very likely to cause damage.

Does polycarbonate roofing block UV?

Installing polycarbonate roofing can give you peace of mind and still allow you to enjoy the summer sun. Polycarbonate is a thermoplastic polymer that lets sunlight through but blocks out UV rays. It’s also virtually unbreakable.

Are polycarbonate roofs good?

Polycarbonate is a strong thermoplastic material that is lightweight and can withstand extremely low and high temperatures. This durable and practical roofing material is perfect for conservatories, patios, and deck areas, but it’s not practical to cover the entire roof of a house.

Is PVC stronger than polycarbonate?

Unlike polycarbonate sheets, however, PVC roofing sheets are usually scratch resistant. Generally speaking, PVC roofing sheets are cheaper than polycarbonate, while the strong transparent qualities of corrugated PVC sheets enables light to pass through the roof easily and brighten the area below.

Can you walk on polycarbonate roofing?

Polycarbonate Roofing Sheets – How to install. First things first: make sure you have all the correct safety equipment. If working high up it’s best to have a safety harness and a scaffold. Always exercise extreme care when walking on a roof; appropriate footwear is also necessary.

How far can polycarbonate span?

Suntuf Range Specifications Corrugated Greca Maximum End Spans 800 mm 900 mm Maximum Mid Spans 1000 mm 1200 mm Fixing Spacing on END SPANS Every other rib Every other rib Fixing Spacing on MID SPANS Every other rib on sides of sheet every 3rd in middle Every other rib on sides of sheet every 3rd in middle

What are the disadvantages of polycarbonate?

They also have good UV protection and a higher refractive index than CR39. Disadvantages include the fact that their abrasion resistance is poor – adding an anti-scratch coating can help but reduces the impact resistance slightly. These types of lenses cannot be tinted easily, either.

Does polycarbonate discolour?

Polycarbonate panels are resistant to extreme temperature either hot or cold, sunlight, snow, rain, and impact. This enables the panels to last for many many years without fading or discoloring while also remaining damage free from any various impacts over the years.

Which side of polycarbonate is UV?

The right side Polycarbonate provides UV protection but, it does so only on one side of the sheet.

Why is polycarbonate so expensive?

Polycarbonate (lexan) is expensive because it’s nearly indestructible. Can you get by with acrylic? Numerous sources say that acrylic can’t hold up to the heat.

How do you keep polycarbonate clear?

Wash polycarbonate sheet with a mild soap and lukewarm water. Use a soft cloth or sponge and gently wash with an up and down motion in the same direction as the flutes, as shown in Fig. 1. Rinse the cloth or sponge and change the water often.

How much does polycarbonate cost?

Clear LEXAN 9034 Polycarbonate Sheet Stock Description Price 43061 .354″ (9.5mm) x 48″ x 48″ Clear LEXAN™ 9034 Polycarbonate Sheet $315.25?/Sheet $315.25?/Sheet In Stock 43062 .472″ (12.7mm) x 48″ x 48″ Clear LEXAN™ 9034 Polycarbonate Sheet $420.72?/Sheet $420.72?/Sheet In Stock