Polycarbonate Sheets

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About Our Polycarbonate Sheets

Polycarbonate sheets are very similar to acrylic sheets in that they are both a thermoplastic. Polycarbonate sheets are tougher than acrylic and more heat resistant. Polycarbonate surpasses all other thermoplastics for glazing use, safety and strength.

Polycarbonate is a non-toxic polycarbonate thermo resin. The liquid polymer forms when bisphenol A reacts with carbonyl chloride. Uncoated sheets are then heat- or cold-formed. Some common trade names for polycarbonate sheets are LEXAN™, MAKROLON®, Makroclear®, arcoPlus® and others.

Polycarbonate sheets come in 1/4” or 1/8” thicknesses and can be cut to the exact size of your choice.

Where to Use Polycarbonate Sheets

Some typical items made of polycarbonate sheets include helmets, face shields, airplane and ship portholes, instrument components and electrical insulators - to name just a few. It's the choice for safety, thermal protection, security, clarity and strength. At this time, we offer only flat polycarbonate sheets that are a great choice for some specific applications:

  • Skylights
  • Glass roofing
  • Greenhouses
  • High-pressure areas
  • Table or antique protectors
  • Crafts and DIY projects
  • Boat windows
advantages of polycarbonate sheet

Advantages of Polycarbonate Sheets

Polycarbonate sheets have many advantages:

  • Polycarbonate sheets are lightweight.
  • Polycarbonate withstands temperatures from -40 degrees F to 280 degrees F.
  • Standard polycarbonate sheets are UV stable.
  • Polycarbonate earns the highest plastics code compliance for light-transmission.
  • High-impact properties make polycarbonate virtually unbreakable.
  • Polycarbonate sheets offer superior sound insulation.

Polycarbonate Glass FAQs

The advantage of polycarbonate over glass and other materials is its high level of impact resistance, flame retardancy, insulation properties, and flexibility.

As compared to glass, polycarbonate windows are much more difficult to break through. The impact resistance of polycarbonate windows is over 200 times greater than that of glass. They offer superior protection against burglaries and weather-related disasters in comparison to standard glass windows.

A major disadvantage of polycarbonate is its susceptibility to scratches. A branch may scratch a polycarbonate patio canopy if it falls on it, for instance. The polycarbonate can be polished in order to resolve this issue.

It was discovered that manufacturers could make polycarbonate more durable and more thermally efficient by extruding it into complex shapes, thus allowing it to become a cheaper and equally viable alternative to glass. Taking a closer look at the material and its uses, here is an in-depth look at it.

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