The polycarbonate panel architecture is one of the most important factors to consider when you are planning to use these panels for any application. There are three main aspects which distinguish polycarbonate (PC) panels from other panels and sheets in the market. They include: energy efficiency, high impact strength and cost effectiveness. There are no glazing alternatives which are better than PC panels. Their all-round performance makes them a perfect choice for all glazing applications. Their structural design has been one of the main reasons why they are used for institutional, industrial, skylight and transportation glazing just to highlight a few. Ideally, these panels conform to the recommended architectural specifications.
The polycarbonate panel architecture incorporates the following key elements:
Impact protection; various test have indicated that polycarbonate panels are over 200 times stronger than glass panels. This has been one of the main reasons why they are used in most glazing applications. Strength is an important architectural design element. They offer one of the best protection in areas which are prone vandalism and high traffic. They can also withstand natural forces such as snow storm and severe wind; a reason why they are used to construct greenhouses and other roofing applications. In fact, polycarbonate panels are presently being used to construct hurricane resistant cordons.
Design; the polycarbonate panel architecture allows for the manipulation of these panels to be used in a number of applications. It is a ductile panel which can be cold formed and cut into different shapes and designs. An array of distinctive features can be created such for the case of the corrugated and the textured polycarbonate panels.
Energy and light transmission; these panels are available in several tints such as blue, gray, bronze etc. Each tint can allow for a certain degree of both solar energy and visible light. For example, a clear polycarbonate panel can transmit up to 88% of visible light and 90% of solar energy. Other PC sheets such as the embossed polycarbonate sheets can allow up to 58 % of visible light. This is an important polycarbonate panel architecture. They can only allow for a predetermined heat gain while ensuring different degrees of privacy.
Energy efficiency; polycarbonate sheets offer different degrees of heat insulation. This solely depends on the structural design of the panel. A multi-wall polycarbonate panel architecture has one of the best heat insulation properties. Mostly, people tend to use the double glazing which provides better energy saving. They can regulate the amount of heat in various structures such as greenhouses. In homes, they act as some of the best heat regulators. That is; the house can be warm even during winter seasons thus, no need for heating.
Cost efficiency; ideally, the structural design of polycarbonate panels guarantee significant amount of cost saving. This ranges from its lightweight, which is less than half the weight of glass, thus; less structural support will be required besides saving on freight costs. They are durable and easy to clean which saves on maintenance costs too.