Since its inception in 1998, Solar Innovations®‘s custom structures, doors, and windows have been designed to accommodate several sizes of glass or polycarbonate as the glazing selection. Our frames have been carefully developed to ensure the growing markets of polycarbonate skylights, polycarbonate sunrooms, and polycarbonate greenhouses can be served with value engineered structures that will withstand the test of time.
Polycarbonate is a durable substance with many unique features and benefits. While this product has been on the market for years, there is currently a resurgence of polycarbonate use taking place in the building industry. Traditionally, polycarbonate was used as a glass replacement to drive down costs, but it is now being utilized for its aesthetic values and durable properties.
Benefits of Polycarbonate
Polycarbonate is virtually indestructible. Even when bricks are thrown at the substance, it does not break. It’s an excellent choice for high traffic areas and high wind areas. Testing has been completed for Florida Impact ratings.
|Benefits of Polycarbonate||Benefits of Glass|
|Weight||Less than 1 lb/sq. ft.||5 lbs. sq. ft. insulated|
|Light Control||Clear light transmittance: 80%||Clear light transmittance: 90%|
|Impact||Does not break upon impact||Breaks|
|U-Values||20mm = .29||1.04 single pane|
Burn Ratings – Polycarbonate has various burn ratings, which are useful in commercial settings.
Light Weight – This correlates to reduced shipping costs and quicker installations. A sheet of 25mm polycarbonate weighs only .717lbs, much less than traditional building materials.
Design Flexibility – Polycarbonate is available in numerous colors including clear, opal, bronze, blue, and green. Panels can be formed to a specific radius for arched awnings or walkways. The physical appearance of polycarbonate lends itself to a modern style with smooth fronts.
Thickness – There are multiple thicknesses available, including 8mm, 25mm, and 60mm. Interior applications often utilize 8mm, exterior units use 25mm, and hurricane applications incorporate 60mm.
Diffused Daylight – Direct sunlight entering a room or building can often cast glares. Polycarbonate diffuses the light it allows into the room. This is a valuable option for rooms with computer screens.
Environmental – Because Polycarbonate is a plastic based product, it can be recycled. Certain product lines are even available with post-consumer recycled content.
SI Service – Solar Innovations® has vast experience creating polycarbonate structures. Solar’s manufactured products can all be glazed with polycarbonate. In-house designers and engineers will work to create a door, window, or structure that meets specific environmental conditions.
Higher Light Transmission – Polycarbonate blocks the sun’s UV Rays.
Strength -10 times stronger than acrylic and 200 times stronger than glass.
Easily Fabricated + Transportation – Due to its durability and light weight, the fabrication and transportation of polycarbonate can be much easier than glass.
All sizes are custom and will be built to exact specifications in Solar Innovations®’s Pennsylvania manufacturing facility. All frameworks are aluminum, which will not rust, warp, rot, or require constant finish maintenance. There are seven standard frame finishes available, along with any custom color required, at an additional cost. Installation options are available through Solar Innovations® or an affiliated national dealer.
Work with one of Solar Innovations® Design Technicians to maintain architectural appeal while meeting performance criteria. Complementary quotes for glazed and polycarbonate glazed structures are available through our web site or by contacting a Solar Innovations® Design Technician at 800-618-0669.