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

6 July 2023
Daniel Brits

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.

Multiwall Polycarbonate Carports Polycarbonate carport for home or at work

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.

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