Polycarbonate is a lightweight but extremely durable plastic. It is nearly unbreakable and in fact in some instances it is bullet-proof. It can withstand almost any weather from tropical to frigid, and is one third the weight of acrylic. Music CD’s are made from polycarbonate and if you have ever tried to snap a CD in half you know how strong it is. Many skylights are also made of polycarbonate.
The nature and strength of this material is exactly why these roofing sheets are so tough. They withstand the elements and are lightweight, making installation much easier than with normal roofing products. And with less weight on your roof there is less strain on the rest of your building. This is why they are ideal for a carport or a gardener’s shed. You can also cover a patio with these as a roof, allowing the natural light to flow in.
The panels are corrugated and are generally sold in a size that is twenty four inches wide by twelve feet long. The corrugations run the long way. You can also find them with a finish that offers one hundred percent UV protection, making them ideal for deck roofs or poolside enclosures.
Besides being corrugated, the sheets also come in a ribbed pattern. Sizes are generally the same, and the ribs run the long way, also.
Polycarbonate roofing panels come in a variety of colors, both translucent and opaque. Translucent colors include clear, green, smoke, and dark gray. Opaque panels can be beige, blue or white. Check with you retailer to find out if other colors may be available.
These roofing sheets can be used in a variety of manners around the home, and not only for roofs. A homeowner can use them for a windbreak on the end of a porch, or to enclose a greenhouse. Walls can be made for an animal shelter out of these panels, allowing light to come in on all side but keeping the animal out of the weather.
They can also be used intermittently with other roofing products as in the case of a pole barn roof. You might want to install several clear panels in your roofing plan for so that light can come in. In this case, the panels could save you money on your light bill. And since they weigh so little, transporting them from the building store to your home is much less complicated than with heavy roof sheeting and bundles of shingles.
In general roofing projects the sheets are quite often used on carports and deck coverings. With each panel weighing in at about ten pounds and factoring in the durability of the product, it is easy to see why polycarbonate roofing sheets can be used in so many ways.
Polycarbonate roofing sheets are the perfect roofing solution for the DIY’er looking for a simple and durable material.