Polycarbonate sheets can withstand massive force and are virtually unbreakable. As a result, they are used in the construction of bulletproof windows and police shields, they are used in ultraviolet blockage, and they have a high quality that makes them the best choice for constructing overhead covers and awnings in commercial establishments.
Advantages of polycarbonate sheetsBecause the sheets are extremely light in weight, they can be easily transported and installed wherever they are needed. Polycarbonate sheets are used in greenhouse construction because they are resistant to heat, sunlight, snow, and rain, allowing them to last for many years without fading or discoloring. When compared to glass, acrylic, or other plastics, polycarbonate sheets are very light, allowing for easy transportation, installation, and lower labor costs. One of the most significant advantages of polycarbonate is its impact strength. Polycarbonate roofing sheets are very lightweight, so they can be installed anywhere. No special support system is required to support this type of roofing material, so they save money on construction costs and make installation quick and easy when an expert roofer is involved. Polycarbonate sheets are available in clear glass-like shades and opaque shades for better coverage. They can be colored or left translucent, increasing their versatility. Some sheets have been fitted with aerogel insulation, which acts as a thermoregulatory. Polycarbonate sheets are resistant to extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, sunlight, snow, and rain. They are ideal for use in any type of harsh environment because they last longer than standard construction materials. Polycarbonate sheets block ultraviolet rays while allowing sunlight and heat to pass through. As a result, they are used in the construction of greenhouses and plant nurseries, and they can be left outside for many years without fading, yellowing, or discoloration. Polycarbonate is being used more for household products than ever before due to the high quality of goods that it can produce. Manufacturers are designing items not only for the household but also for use in laboratories and industry due to its temperature resistance and ability to be easily shaped. Polycarbonate can be injected into a variety of objects, allowing it to be used for discs, bottles, glasses, lenses, audio player cases, and lab equipment. It is also used in the construction of banks, offices, and fences. Polycarbonate has a solvent adhesive and can be welded with hot air plastic welds. It has strength at different temperatures, it is visually clear, and it is durable. It provides heat resistance, it is flame retardant, RoHS compliant, and has low / no BPA. Polycarbonate sheets are available in a variety of colors, including white and a smoky gray. They are used in places where natural sunlight must still pass through. They have a film applied that prevents harmful UV light from entering the structure. Polycarbonate roofing sheets are extremely durable, able to withstand strong winds, heavy rainstorms, and hail, and are resistant to sunlight, allowing them to last for a long time before showing signs of wear.
- High impact resistant, super strong (Unbreakable bulletproof glass, helmet, police shield, etc.)
- Light weight, half weight as glass
- Easy to machine and process (Can do CNC routing, machining, drilling, bending, thermoforming, bonding, etc)
- Good fire retardant
- Excellent insulation. (Sound and temperature)
- As transparent as glass
- Sustainable (long lifespan and recyclable)
Disadvantages of polycarbonate sheetsPolycarbonate is expensive, much more expensive than other plastics or glass, and can cost up to twice as much as ABS. As a result, customers prefer Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), which is tougher but has lower impact resistance and heat resistance. Although ABS is less expensive and provides a good solution for consumers, it is only recommended for those who do not require the extreme toughness and heat resistance of polycarbonate sheets. Polycarbonate has only fair chemical resistance; it is attacked by many organic solvents. They are durable, but not resistant to scratches, dents, or marring. Denting is therefore possible on the surface of Polycarbonate sheets if care is not taken. Polycarbonate sheets are extremely sensitive to abrasive cleaners, alkaline cleaning products, and solvents. As a result, you must exercise extreme caution when handling substances containing acetone, benzene, or other organic solvents. The manufacturing process is not very environmentally friendly because it requires very high processing temperatures, phosgene, which is known to have negative effects on human health, and chlorine, which is environmentally unfriendly. As a result, many precautions must be taken to protect workers during the manufacturing process. Polycarbonate has an unfortunate side effect due to its chemical makeup and properties. It is only recommended for products that are used once and not repeatedly. Although polycarbonate has other properties such as resilience and toughness, repeated use of a single object may be harmful to one's health. There are warnings about the repeated use of bottles and other polycarbonate products. Polycarbonate sheets contain components that are hazardous to human health and the environment. Clear polycarbonate is susceptible to stress cracking, requires high processing temperatures, degrades after extended residence time in processing equipment, has aromatic sensitivity, and yellows over time.
- Easy to get scratch
- Fair chemical resistance
- Higher price compares to Acrylic sheet, ABS or PVC