Meet Polycarbonate: An Energy Efficient Alternative to Glass

Looking for an alternative to glass that’s cost effective and energy efficient? Solar Innovations® offers polycarbonate as a durable alternative to glass for skylights, greenhouses, conservatories, doors, sunrooms, and more. While it has been around years, polycarbonate is currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity in the building industry.Polycarbonate is virtually indestructible; not even bricks can break it. It’s an excellent choice for high traffic and high wind areas. Also, testing is complete for Florida Impact ratings.If you are trying to achieve a modern appearance, polycarbonate is one of the easiest ways to meet your goal. There are several different colors available including: clear, blue, green, opal, and bronze. It also comes in a variety of thicknesses. 8mm is comparable to single pane glass, 25mm is comparable to insulated glass, and 60mm is comparable to triple pane glass.Polycarbonate Custom Skylight

Lumira Aerogel

Solar Innovations® offers Lumira® aerogel, previously known as Lumira® Nanogel, to fill our polycarbonate. Lumira® aerogel’s main purpose is to increase thermal performance ratings, but it can also greatly reduce sound transmission. Lumira® aerogel consists of small, clear, hydrophobic particles, which  create an R-value of 6.3 for a 25mm unit compared to an R-value of 2.9 for an unfilled unit. After it is added to the polycarbonate, the thermal transfer of heat is greatly reduced, minimizing energy costs for buildings.In certain applications, Lumira® aerogel aids in LEED certifications. Lumira® aerogel assists in the achievement of LEED points for sustainable purchasing, optimum energy efficiency, occupant comfort, and low emissions. Another benefit of incorporating Lumira® aerogel is glare reduction. If harsh glare is a problem, it can be used to diffuse incoming rays, creating a soft light effect.Still undecided? Solar Innovations® can incorporate both glass and polycarbonate into your doors or structures. This allows a clear view through the glass on one side and to block out less appealing scenery on the polycarbonate side. Contact us today for more information or to order.
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