Polycarbonate can be extruded into architectural monolithic panels, which mimic the transparency of glass, but which have the added benefit, of being flexible enough to cold-bend on site.
The thickness of the polycarbonate panel, will affect the both weight, and general performance of the panel. The panel thickness, will also depend on the type of internal structure, used to create the panel. For multicell panels that provide superior thermal properties, thicknesses of 16mm to 35mm, are most recommended.
Yes, in fact, polycarbonate has an impact resistance 200 times greater than glass. This is why polycarbonate, is the material of choice, for many protective shielding products in various unrelated markets.
Any skylight will have to eventually be replaced, and this period, will rely on the guaranteed lifespan of the product, as specified by the supplier. A typical lifespan of a high-quality skylight solution, will range between 20 and 25 years.
Well-designed skylights, will make use of glazing materials, which help limit or even decrease heat gain. It is for this reason that poorly designed skylights, installed by inexperienced technicians, often become problematic in the long-term.
To choose a skylight, you must first know what your daylighting needs are, in terms of light tranmission, aesthetics and area to be covered. Then you should consider the lifespan, performance and any potential maintenance, of the skylight product.
Very often, some sort of roof-cladding, when applied to a pergola, will increase both the lifespan, and the effectiveness of the existing structure. The upgraded pergola, can then be effectively used in all weather types, and seasons throughout the year.
You should be aware of the change you wish to achieve, to the visual appearance of the wall, you wish to clad. You will also need to ensure that the original wall, can carry the additional load, and then consider the choice of systems available to best suit your needs.
Wall cladding is effective, as an alternative to, the complete demolition and rebuilding of a wall structure. In this way, the original wall structure can remain, but a new outer-layer is installed, renewing both its performance and aesthetics.
The advantages of rainscreen cladding are several, namely; acts as a secondary weatherproof barrier, provides additional thermal regulation, protection against aging & pollution and aesthetic improvements.