So you really like the way that glass looks, but you don’t like its flaws. Glass isn’t the strongest building material on the market and you don’t want to use a material that’s susceptible to scratching. Nor is glass one of the materials that support the highest levels of energy efficiency and sustainability is important to you.
But you like the look of glass. How can you solve this dilemma? It’s easier than you think. Today’s building industry benefits from the many advances that have come about as a result of technology and innovation. In many cases, new products have evolved that are clearly superior to the older products which were popular in a previous generation. Polycarbonate sheets are one of those dynamic new products. If you really want a building material that has the appearance of glass, you can choose solid polycarbonate, which is a clear, flat sheeting that looks just like glass but doesn’t have its inherent flaws. There’s also multiwall polycarbonate, which is a structured sheet that has hollow air chambers.
WHY POLYCARBONATE SHEETS ARE SUPERIOR TO OTHER BUILDING MATERIALS
First of all, polycarbonate sheets are almost impossible to break. That’s one of the most advantageous features of this remarkable material. Polycarbonate sheets have been hardened to the point where they’re 200 times stronger than glass is, with a much higher resistance level.
As strong as polycarbonate is, it’s still flexible and easy to customize, making it much easier to work with than glass. Architects favor polycarbonate sheets because of the creative opportunities that it affords. They can customize for esthetic purposes without sacrificing the endurance that is valued in building material.
While the weather is one of the greatest threats to a building’s long-term life, polycarbonate sheets represent a potential long-lasting strength, one that can increase the life span of a building as well as improve its performance. Danpal’s Ventilated Rainscreen System, with its polycarbonate sheets, uses natural ventilation to keep insulation dry, preventing moisture caused by weather penetration from invading a building’s interior. That advantage is a benefit to the building and to energy efficiency. The energy that escapes costs you money and it also harms the ecological balance in these environmentally-conscious times when we’re all doing what we can to support sustainability in our lifestyles.
WHY POLYCARBONATE SHEETS ARE BETTER SUITED FOR TODAY’S BUILDING NEEDS
Construction is very different from what we were used to a generation ago. During the thirty years that we’ve been in business, we’ve seen a transformation in the way that people think about the buildings in which they live and work.
They expect a workspace or a living space that is comfortable. They require an awareness of the federal standards that oversee environmental regulations. They want a structure that will last, one that is made of quality materials. Danpal is a steadfast supporter of all these requirements. We recognize that buildings are more than just a location in a neighborhood. Buildings are the repository where we invest our time.
That makes a building, whether it’s where you work or where you live, very important. It must reflect the value of the time that you spend inside it.