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Polycarbonate Roofing: Pros and Cons

March 11, 2021
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Plastics have amassed great importance over the years. Despite its ever-compounding eco-threat in our society, you can't deny the benefits it provides. Plastics have been used to make portable storage containers, bottles, cases, etc. It even makes up some parts of the gadgets we use to this day. Our phones, TV sets, laptops, among other electronic devices, make vital use of plastic for the outer cover and internal insulation. The waterproof nature of plastics and their malleability has also significantly been taken advantage of by engineers, designers, and visual artists. You'd think that after all these benefits mentioned above, there couldn't be anymore, but there are.

The use of plastics in the roofing system isn't a new practice. However, it's not used by many homeowners. One reason could be the lack of information surrounding its installation mode, cost, and maintenance frequency. Some homeowners might not just want to consider it because other homeowners aren't as well. Best believe that herd mentality also exists within homeowners. However, if you get rid of these drawbacks and factor in plastic roofing positives, you would get to see a lot more reason to opt for it. Before we go ahead into the article, we would like to explain a bit more about the clear plastic we refer to, "polycarbonate".

What Is Polycarbonate?

Polycarbonate is known as an amorphous thermoplastic. To make you have a better understanding of the definition above, we will explain the two terms separately. Polycarbonate is amorphous in the sense that it can be worked on, reshaped, and reformed at room temperature without the application of heat. It is also thermoplastic because it changes its state from solid to liquid instead of disintegrating upon heat application. Besides being used as a roofing material, polycarbonate has vast areas of application. A few are to make glass lenses, vehicular headlights, DVDs, medical equipment, bulletproof shields, etc. Polycarbonates are very tough, robust, and resistant, primarily when produced to form. It can withstand high temperatures, maintain rigidity at up to 140 degrees Celsius, and maintain malleability and toughness even at temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius. Polycarbonates can come in different colors as well. However, they only come in transparent or translucent appearances. They are hardly made in an opaque form. Let's explain the various roofing methods.

How Are Polycarbonates Used For Roofing?

Going back to what was mentioned before, polycarbonate roofing can only be applied in specific ways, unlike your conventional asphalt and metal roofing shingles and sheets. The translucent and transparent property of polycarbonate plastic roofing sheets makes way for the passage of sunlight. It is much appreciated by homeowners that don't seek complete shading for their roofs. While polycarbonates aren't generally used for an apartment or personal home roofing, there are other viable ways they can be used efficiently.

  • Skylight Roofing: This roofing type is made for polycarbonate roofing. The purpose of skylight roofing is for the structure to have access to sunlight at any given time of day. For this to be possible, polycarbonate roofs are installed in any other roofing material that might block the sun rays from getting into the building.
  • Balcony Roofing: Another great use of polycarbonate roofing sheets is for balconies. Colored polycarbonate sheets are mostly used for this. Using colored polycarbonate for your patio can block most of the sunlight and reduce the intensity. However, the selected color will determine the brightness and intensity of the sun that reaches the balcony. Blue tinted polycarbonates are mostly used for balcony roofing because of the blue colour's relaxing properties and gentle eyesight attributes.

Types of Polycarbonate Roofing Sheets

Many polycarbonate roofing sheets come in different thickness, strength, and resistance, despite its being a generally durable material. We are going to mention these other roofing sheets below and highlight their various modes of application.

  • Solid Polycarbonate Sheets: These sheets are known for their high-quality strength and toughness. It is also considerably thicker than other polycarbonate roofing sheets to be mentioned on this list. They come in both transparent and translucent forms and block a lot of ultraviolet rays from the sun. They are perfect for skylight and balcony roofing in areas of intense seasonal sunlight.
  • Twin and Multiwall Polycarbonate Sheets: These polycarbonate sheets aren't as thick as the one mentioned above, neither is it as strong or rigid. However, it comes in different colors, and it blocks a similar amount of ultraviolet sun rays like the solid polycarbonate sheets. They are applied for light use, such as in swimming pools, canopies, and lean-to roofs.
  • Corrugated Polycarbonate Sheets: These sheets are more versatile in their usage due to their bendable and foldable properties. They are used in more complex roofing structures that have tighter bends and curves. Greenhouses benefit mostly from these corrugated polycarbonate sheets.

Advantages of Polycarbonate (Plastic) Roofing

  • They are a very flexible and versatile roofing option when compared to shingles and metal roofs.
  • It has more resistance to ultraviolet rays and prevents these harmful rays from contacting the people beneath it.
  • It is considerably easier to install repair and have cheaper roofing estimates and quotes than asphalt shingles.
  • Polycarbonate roofing sheets are entirely impervious to fire outbreaks.
  • Polycarbonate encourages creativity in roofing and construction, leading to more beautiful and aesthetically pleasing structures.
  • It is easily the most durable and cost-effective roofing material you can find in the market.
  • They are noise absorbent and are a perfect choice for a region that experience excessive rainfall throughout the year.

There are a lot more advantages that polycarbonate roofing offers than the ones listed above. You can get to know more about them and plan its installation a lot better with NY Roofing's help. We are more than capable of providing feasible solutions to all of your roofing challenges. Contact us at 553 Prospect Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 (646)-838-0441 to begin.

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