24 May 2022
Polycarbonate sheets are everywhere across the UK. From bus shelters to sneeze screens, polycarbonate sheets are installed as a cost-effective and lightweight alternative to glass. A natural choice for many manufacturing and installation companies, these thermoplastics are known for their durability and versatility - meaning polycarbonate sheets suit a range of applications, both indoor and outdoor.
As such an essential plastic sheeting product, it’s important that fabricators understand its full use and potential. Therefore, we have created this guide to polycarbonate panels - so you can refer back to this when you need additional information.
In this guide, discover:
This helpful blog post will provide you with important information that will inform your polycarbonate sheet buying decisions. However, if you need more information, contact our team.
Polycarbonate is a transparent sheet of thermoplastic. It has the same transparency as glass - but less than half the weight. One of its most important characteristics is its strength. In fact, the impact strength of polycarbonate sheet outshines standard acrylic and glass, making it perfect for demanding applications - such as safety glazing and roofing.
Perspex Distribution supplies polycarbonate sheets cut to size. We offer a range of polycarbonate sheet materials to suit various applications, materials and transparencies.
Here are some common applications:
Furniture that’s open to the elements and the public must be manufactured from strong, resistant, cost-effective materials. Polycarbonate can be abrasion-resistant to protect against weathering elements and vandalism.
Durable and weather-resistant, polycarbonate is ideal for exterior signage including Opal Polycarbonate for light box applications.
Requiring high-performance materials for daily use and maximum safety, polycarbonate sheets can be used in various transportations including glazing, cladding, partitions and lighting fixtures. Its excellent strength to weight ratio helps to minimise vehicle weight and increase fuel efficiencies.
Screens, lenses, cameras and medical aids are essential in the health industry - polycarbonate is applied to maximise durability.
The term ‘glazing’ covers a wide range of applications, from machine guards to curtain walls and street furniture. Whatever the specific application, we can supply a polycarbonate panel to suit.
More applications for polycarbonate sheets
There is an endless list of polycarbonate sheet uses. Here are additional applications:
There is a multitude of benefits when it comes to installing and utilising polycarbonate sheeting.
As with many plastics, the surface of Polycarbonate can be scratched so it is important to take care when handling and cleaning the surface.
To achieve a clean, high-quality finish, we recommend following these tips
We can cut each polycarbonate sheet to size to match specific requirements. Each variation of polycarbonate sheet is available in different thicknesses, colourways and finishes.
Visit our polycarbonate sheet page to discover more about the range of polycarbonate sheets we have to offer here at Perspex Distribution Ltd. You’ll also find all you need to know about the material including information on physical properties, chemical resistance, cleaning and maintenance as well as safety data sheets within our technical library.