Polycarbonate panels in the construction industry are nothing new or revolutionary. They have been around for over six or seven decade now and their popularity among homeowners and architects has barely eroded in this time. Technically speaking, polycarbonates are traditionally thermoplastic polymers that contain carbonate groups in their chemical structures. Of course, we are sure that an in-depth chemical analysis of polycarbonates is not what you are here for! So we will move beyond the makeup of these versatile panels and share with you, fabulous homes, that utilize the material and also discuss its many advantages.
Polycarbonate panels offer a wide range of advantages over conventional construction materials when it comes to home design. In fact, they replace your traditional brick or glass walls with ease and even double as indoor partitions and staircase railing when needed. Most often, polycarbonate panels are available in two different forms – multiwall polycarbonate panels that have hollow air chambers and are translucent or solid polycarbonate sheets that are clear and transparent. You can always add color to the mix as well!
Durable, All-Weather Surfaces
Polycarbonate panels are durable; much more durable than glass panels and far more resistant to varied weather conditions than wood and even brick. This makes them a great choice for the outdoors and they can be used for everything from that one special wall that ushers in natural light to covering the entire rear façade of the home. They also tend to be flexible and easy to work with, making them just a perfect solution for a wide range of spatial conundrums. Be it the ceiling in the home office or sunroom or a partition next to the staircase that delineates space without stopping passage of light, these panels work well everywhere.
Energy-Efficient and Cheerful
When it comes to improving energy-efficiency of your home, cutting down on power bills and creating an additional layer of top-notch insulation, few surfaces are as efficient as multi-wall polycarbonate panels. These panels with trapped air between the layers offer perfect insulation and keep out both heat and cold with ease. They are far more effective in this regard than your traditional walls and even glass windows and doors. Another benefit of these panels is the obvious way in which they usher in filtered light without compromising on privacy. This is a perfect blend for the congested urban home looking for a way to brighten the interior.
Cost-Effective and Unique Alternatives
The cost benefits of replacing glass with polycarbonate panels is multi-fold. For starters, as we alluded to earlier you can easily cut back on your home’s power costs using polycarbonate panels. They are far easier to work with and require less structural support when compared to glass. In many cases, polycarbonate sheets are less expensive than glass and obviously less prone to damage in the long run. So, as you flip through the many homes and cabins that have tapped into the beauty of these panels, maybe you also might start thinking of places in your home where they come in handy.