TRANSLUCENT U PANEL
There are two main materials when it comes to translucent sheeting: polycarbonate and fiberglass. ... The most obvious difference is that polycarbonate roofing panels are made from a translucent polymer plastic, whereas fiberglass roof panels are resin coated, fiber reinforced polyester.
Because fiberglass is made up of interwoven fibers, the material is also more likely to splinter while modifying. Polycarbonate enclosures can be easily modified in the field using standard tools without being damaged or causing health concerns.
They allow light into the building.
Standard lengths: 10’ 8’’ & 12’ 0’’
Both materials are designed to reduce UV radiation and have great impact and durability capabilities.
|Flexural Strength||40 X 10³ psi||40 X 10³ psi||ASTM - D790|
|Tensile Strength||20 X 10³ psi||20 X 10³ psi||ASTM - D638|
|Thermal Transmittance (U Value)||0.78 BTU-in/ hr/ft²/°F||0.78 BTU-in/ hr/ft²/°F||ASTM - C1363|
|Thermal Conductivity(k)||1.2 BTU-in/ (hr-ft²-°F)||1.2 BTU-in/ (hr-ft²-°F)||ASTM - C177|
|Average Burn Rate||≤2.5in/min||≤2.5in/min||ASTM - D635|
|Solar Het Gain||NA||NA||NA|
Where it's used
The main difference is in their application; polycarbonate roof sheets are generally used in domestic applications (for example in gazebos or), while fiberglass sheets are most commonly installed in industrial and commercial environments (for example as ‘skylights’ in warehouses, sporting complexes, shopping centers, etc).