Advantages of using Polycarbonate vs glass for natural lighting applications

What material are your windows and skylights made from? Until now, the standard for household and commercial windows was glass, but now, thermoplastics are becoming an attractive, more affordable choice for homes and buildings.

Polycarbonate, for example, is a great choice for not just parts manufacturing but also for windows. Here’s a few reasons why:

Polycarbonate is flexible, not rigid. The flexibility of this performance plastic makes it much easier to form into unique shapes and profiles to fit virtually any space or shape. It’s also easy to drill holes or trim on site as needed, up to a millimeter accuracy.

Polycarbonate is 100% transparent. Many plastics are translucent or opaque, so when letting in the maximum amount of natural light is critical, polycarbonate works extremely well. And, when tinted, polycarbonate won’t discolour over time like other plastics might, so it’ll look great for years to come.

Polycarbonate is light weight. When installing skylights or windows in awkward locations, the fact that polycarbonate plastic is much lighter than traditional glass, makes it much easier to carry into place and install.

Polycarbonate is environmentally friendly. Less energy is needed to produce polycarbonate than to make glass. It’s also more easily recyclable.

Polycarbonate is durable. This plastic doesn’t shatter into a million shards when dropped (we can’t say the same for traditional glass or fiberglass). It can hold its shape with minimal cleaning and maintenance to have a long life expectancy.

Polycarbonate is self insulating. With its low thermal conductivity, polycarbonate can trap cold air in its interior, similar to traditional double-glazed glass. The same feature also makes it noise insulating too so it’s great for high traffic areas or partitions.

At Plastifab, we’ve been using thermoplastics like polycarbonate for lighting and construction applications for over 45 years! Let us help you pick the best thermoplastic for your needs and budget. Contact us today for a quote or to confidentiality discuss your next project.

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