Polycarbonate Awnings and Roof Sheeting are Becoming Increasingly Popular in South Africa

Awnings are versatile outdoor extensions popular as additional living spaces at private residences or as a communal gathering place for customers at pubs and restaurants. At industrial and commercial properties, awnings are popular as overhangs at entrances and shelter areas for outdoor gatherings or parking zones.

The reason for the popularity of awnings is that they provide additional, sheltered, outdoor living areas at a fraction of the cost of a permanent brick and mortar construction. These secondary roof-like covers provide shelter from the heat, the cold, the wind and the rain. They are attached to exterior walls of buildings, and are composed of materials such as canvas, woven cotton, polyester, vinyl and, more recently, upmarket and durable polycarbonate.

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Choosing the Right Awning

Awnings are the ideal solution for those wanting to spend time enjoying quality outdoor living. Awnings transform unprotected outdoor areas into viable living spaces, providing shelter and protecting furniture from harmful weather conditions.

There are several factors to consider when choosing the right awning for individual needs. These considerations include:

·         Location

·         Style and Edging

·         Material (canvas, polycarbonate)

·         Colour

·         Customization

·         Architectural Style

·         Weather Conditions

·         Maintenance

The Benefits of Polycarbonate Awnings in South Africa

Polycarbonate awnings are popular due to their durability and resistance against the harsh South African climate. They are generally used to protect doors and windows, and add a simple, minimalistic, sleek look to any commercial or industrial building.

While polycarbonate awnings provide up to 80% protection against harmful UV rays, they allow you to enjoy natural light and offer excellent rain protection. They also shelter and protect:

·         Doorway entrances

·         Generators and air conditioners

·         ATMs and vending machines

·         Walkways and patios

·         And improve the aesthetics of a building

Caring for Your Polycarbonate Awning

Add years to the life of your polycarbonate awning by establishing a monthly cleaning ritual. Most manufacturers offer a 10-year warranty, but you can add a good five more years to its life with regular cleaning. All you must do is hose it down with clean water and then use a mild detergent and a soft cloth to give it a wash. Then rinse and dry.

Why is Polycarbonate Used as a Roof Sheeting?

Polycarbonate’s versatility allows its use as a roof sheeting material. Its many benefits include:

·         High-impact resistance

·         Translucency that allows for easy light transmission

·         Good fire-resistance rating

Polycarbonate sheeting tolerates temperatures see-sawing from -40C to +120C and, because it is durable, it is a practical roofing solution. Its translucent light transmission qualities make polycarbonate sheeting ideal for outdoor areas such as conservatories, decks, patios and terraces.

Multiwall Polycarbonate

Multiwall Polycarbonate has a layer of UV absorber that is co-extruded onto the sheeting surface, creating a barrier against damaging UV rays. This makes Multiwall virtually indestructible and exceptionally resistant to ageing. When compared to glass, Multiwall’s thermal insulation is almost 60% higher than other products.

Available in various colours and tints, this opaque or transparent sheeting is aesthetically pleasing and tougher than fiberglass or glass. Its lightweight qualities, strength and durability, add to the package, making it popular ideal for use in outdoor structures.

Its lightweight qualities make Multiwall Polycarbonate sheeting easy to transport and to install. The sheets weigh only 16% of the weight of glass and 34% of acrylic sheets. A further attraction is its insulation properties, ensuring a watertight environment.

FAQs About Polycarbonate Awnings

Can my polycarbonate awning withstand a strong wind?

Polycarbonate can withstand heavy wind, sun, rain and even hail. These awnings are attached with aluminium or PVC brackets, ensuring their durability.

Do these awnings have protection against rust and corrosion?

Yes, they do. Awning Warehouse products are engineered aluminium, guaranteeing a rust and corrosion-free lifetime.

Polycarbonate Roofing for your Outdoors

Awning Warehouse has the best products to get you that perfect outdoor space

Awning Warehouse makes a variety of awnings including polycarbonate roofing. You can use them for architectural, industrial, agricultural, and DIY jobs.

Awning Warehouse Introduction to Polycarbonate Roofing

Awning Warehouse has been the leading manufacturer of awnings, canopies and other outdoor living products. They are pleased to introduce their line of polycarbonate roofing that offers up to 70% more light transmission than standard acrylic or glass roof panels. This means that you will be able to see your plants grow under artificial lighting for longer periods of time while still being protected from UV rays.

This material is virtually unbreakable (Plastic steel!), which means it cannot be broken easily. It transmits light very well and is resistant to the weather.

The company’s new polycarbonate roof panel is also extremely durable and versatile as it can be used in any type of construction project. Different product solutions are available and include skylights, greenhouses, sunrooms and solariums.

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5 standout qualities of Polycarbonate Roofing

  1. Polycarbonate is an unusual material that is resilient and can withstand many different temperatures. It is a lightweight construction material, but it can still be tough.
  2. Polycarbonate roofing is a good roof for some structures. These include decks, garages, patios, sheds and conservatories. Keep in mind that polycarbonate material is not the best to use for an entire house.
  3. Polycarbonate is often used for pool covers and can also be used to cover roofs on industrial warehouses.
  4. Polycarbonate panels are strong and resistant! They can be used outside and they will not break. They have 250 times the impact of float glass and 30 times the strength of acrylic.
  5. We sell products that are strong and are virtually unbreakable.

9 Benefits of Polycarbonate

  1. Polycarbonate is highly resilient and can withstand a lot of force.
  2. Polycarbonate sheets are lightweight, easy to transport and easy to use when it comes to construction.
  3. Polycarbonate is good for making awnings and sunrooms because it blocks the UV.
  4. Polycarbonate is a strong material that makes it good for building greenhouses.
  5. Polycarbonate panels can withstand extreme temperatures, are rain/water-resistant and have impact resistant
  6. These quality panels will last for many years because they are so incredibly durable. They won’t fade or discolour much and are safe from minimal impact damage, too.
  7. A polycarbonate roof can let in more light (light transmission) and less heat.
  8. Polycarbonate can be used for skylights, roofing, siding (Cladding), facades and curtain walls.
  9. Polycarbonate is a strong, flexible material. It does not crack and it won’t be damaged by a sleet or light hail storm. It also has a high fire rating!

3 Common questions about Polycarbonate roofing

How long do polycarbonate roof panels last?

Polycarbonate panels last anywhere from 10 to 20 years.

Does a polycarbonate product protect you from solar glare?

Polycarbonate is a good material for awnings and sunroom roofs. It is resistant to extreme temperatures in South Africa with its UV blocking capabilities.

Do you have to worry about heat?

The more light that comes through the sheet, the hotter it will feel under there. Sometimes sheets can make you colder if they don’t let in much light. But mostly sheets should make you warmer.

Skylight Roofing

Awning warehouse announces a new line of polycarbonate roofing

Awning Warehouse is pleased to announce its newest product, a new line of translucent (clear) and opaque polycarbonate roof light systems. With the latest advancements in materials science, we are able to provide our customers with the best possible protection for their roofs while still providing natural lighting and maintaining colour quality.  Our new products offer advanced UV resistance and anti-weather properties that will keep your home’s interior feeling fresh and bright all year round!

Awning Warehouse announces new colour for polycarbonate panels

Awning Warehouse is proud to announce their newest colour products in the line of architectural roof coverings. Polycarbonate panels are great for conserving light transmission and can be made with a variety of textures, colours, and finishes.

Polycarbonate roofing has become popular in recent years because it has the ability to preserve colour and light transmission while also providing insulation, protection from UV rays, and durability for high-impact areas like balconies or swimming pool enclosures. The material is often used as skylight or rooflight systems that allow natural light into buildings without sacrificing energy efficiency.

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