Composed of thermoplastic polymers, Polycarbonate panels are usually found in several industrial applications. Polycarbonate is a polymer which includes numerous identical units of bisphenol A which are interlinked by carbonate. This type of polymer liquefies when heated and converts into a glassy state when cooled. Polycarbonate panels offer high impact resistance and protection from cracking, breaking or chipping. These panels are available in different sizes, shapes and colors.
The polycarbonate panels are reasonably lightweight and usually available in single, double and triple wall panels. To achieve the desired shape and finish, the polymer is melted and forced through a die. Polycarbonate panels are processed using the following main processes like injection molding and extrusion.
- Injection molding: Initially the polymer is heated, melted and then pressed into a mold, so that it can take the desired shape of the mold. Usually used to manufacture single end products, injection molding is highly effective.
- Extrusion: The polycarbonate is melted and pressed through an orifice which allows the molten polymer to take the shape of the die. Most manufacturers use this process to produce large sheets, pipes and profiles.
There are several benefits associated with the use of polycarbonate panels which are usually used in glazing applications.
- High durability and strength: The polycarbonate panels are used in a wide range of industrial applications. The high durability features of the panels allow it to withstand harsh climatic conditions, resistance to chemicals and abrasion.
- Highly cost-effective: There are several factors which decide cost effectiveness like installation cost, maintenance cost and the aspect of time. Polycarbonate panels are generally expensive, so what makes them cost effective? They offer longevity which means that they maintain their condition and shape for several years, thereby providing complete value for money.
- Greenhouse construction: Polycarbonate panels are in great demand for greenhouse construction. This is because, the panels fulfill almost all requirements of any greenhouse glazing panel. By enhancing light diffusion and guaranteeing longevity, polycarbonate panels are popular among farmers.
- Effective design: The polycarbonate panels are available in different designs and finishes. They tend to offer a mixed variety of several properties like energy saving, moderate light transmission, insulation properties, longevity, etc.
In case of residential buildings, these panels are usually used for awnings and overhead shades because they provide protection from harmful UV rays and easily withstands strong forces. In comparison to other type of panels made with glass or plastic, the polycarbonate panels are extremely lightweight which translates to lower transport and labor costs.