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.