Frequently Asked Questions about Polycarbonate Roof Panels

Why should I use polycarbonate instead of glass?

Glass Roof:

  • Solariums are Hot! Very expensive glazing is required to control the heat properly.
  • Sunlight can cause glare and fading of furniture and other contents.
  • Purlins are required (cross bars separating multiple pieces of glass); many glass roofs will eventually form a leak here.
  • If tempered glass breaks, thousands of tiny pieces of glass cover the floor, and replacement glass is very expensive, both in labour and material.
  • Seal failure is likely over the years, and again, solarium glass replacement will cost a lot of labour and replacement glass.

Polycarbonate Roof:

  • Excellent value.
  • The multiwall structure refracts the light, resulting in a pleasing light distribution with no glare.
  • Over 99% UV resistance. Almost the entire relevant UV spectrum, meaning both UVA and UVB.
  • The multiwall sheets are light, incredibly strong, and won’t shatter or crack like acrylic or glass.
  • Craft-Bilt polycarbonate roof panels have a flame resistance rating of ASTM E 84 Class A
  • Skyview polycarbonate roofs by Craft-Bilt use one continuous sheet; there are no purlins and no related leaks.
How do I clean and maintain polycarbonate roof panels?

Polycarbonate panels require minimal maintenance. Clean them with a mild soap and water solution and a soft cloth or sponge. Avoid using abrasive cleaners that could scratch the surface.

Can polycarbonate panels be cut to size?

Yes, polycarbonate panels can be cut to size using standard tools such as a circular saw or jigsaw. However, safety precautions must be taken when cutting the panels.

How much do polycarbonate panels cost?

The cost of polycarbonate panels varies depending on their size, thickness, and quality. While they may be more expensive than other roofing materials, they offer long-term durability and energy efficiency benefits.

Visit Low Profile Polycarbonate Roof Kits for pricing information.