What Are the Benefits of Polycarbonate?

The versatility of this popular material goes from cladding and skylights to roofing and interior design. But the benefits of polycarbonate go far beyond its aesthetic appeal. Architects may choose it for its looks, but project managers, engineers, and DIYers choose it for a number of other benefits that you’ll want to consider before selecting material for your next project. Here’s an overview.

Durability

Polycarbonate is 250 times stronger than glass and is virtually indestructible. Because of its impact resistance, polycarbonate is a favourable choice for protection from extreme weather, flying debris, or vandalism.

Lightweight

Polycarbonate material weighs about half as much as its glass equivalent, which means you can enjoy lower shipping costs, easier moving and storage, and simplified material handling. The light weightiness of polycarbonate makes it easier to handle, transport and carry. Therefore, the costs involved with the labour and transportation are highly cut down. This makes polycarbonates even more affordable even after purchase.

Property of resistance

Polycarbonates are resistant to impact and any kind of damage. Therefore, these sheets can be used in areas that are prone to stone, hail, rain, wind, storm and snow. Even in the worst case of breakage, these sheets do not produce harmful shards like glass. Also, these sheets are highly resistant to flame and do not cause toxic gases when on fire. So, they can also be conveniently used in areas prone to fire.

Versatility

Polycarbonate, being so strong and flexible, helps the structures it is used in to be more creatively designed. Unlike glass, the structures that use polycarbonate can be shaped like domes, igloos and many other fancy shapes that add a design feature to the building.

Light transmission

Polycarbonate offers light transmission properties that are comparable to glass, giving it an advantage over glass because it visually functions the same way but is significantly lighter and more durable.

Ultraviolet protection

One of the most beneficial features of polycarbonate is that it lets in maximum sunlight while keeping out the harmful UV radiations. Therefore, it is the ideal choice when you want maximum light to come in without being harmful. This property makes it the most widely used in greenhouses to help the plants within to grow well while keeping them protected against burning.

Thermal insulation

Both solid and multiwall polycarbonate provide some degree of thermal insulation. Of the two, multiwall is capable of providing a higher degree of thermal insulation because of its interior structure. These structures include 2-wall, 3-wall, X structure, honeycomb, and 4-wall construction, and each type has its own insulating properties and R-values to meet the demands of different applications.

Sound barrier

The ultimate property of polycarbonate to block sound makes it a popular material used in areas that require privacy like conference rooms, office cabins, etc.

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