Danpalon Multicell Panels vs Polycarbonate Sheets

Here we will address several important differences between standard polycarbonate sheets, most often used for outdoor shading and roofing applications, and the Danpalon multicell panel. A Danpal derived, high-performance version, which is designed for use in a complete panel solution for the entire building envelope. The development of the Danpalon panel has since lead to its inclusion within fully famed Danpal systems, each uniquely tailored for a variety of architectural applications.

Polycarbonate Sheets

Polycarbonate sheets have often been traditionally sought after, for building projects where the specific requirements have been heavily in favour of a lightweight, translucent, cost-effective yet durable building material. In the past, when used for this purpose, simple corrugated or even twin wall panels have been the go-to solution. This is no longer considered to be best practice, as these sheet types have been shown to be incapable of withstanding the long-term effects of harsh UV rays.

Times have since changed, and today’s building projects are demanding better performance of their materials in all aspects. Fortunately, our Danpalon Multicell polycarbonate sheets were developed exactly for this purpose. To provide the industry with a higher standard panel system, which exceeded all of the current specifications in the market, at the time.

Danpal and Danpalon Panel

Over 30 years ago, Danpal produced the world’s first patented standing seam multicell Danpalon panel. This was a game-changer for the marketplace, as our panels could now offer all the benefits of traditional polycarbonate sheets, but also offered all the additional benefits of a dry mechanical sealed, weather-proof system.

The evolution from simple monolithic polycarbonate sheets, to our patented Danpalon panel, brought about several changes to a number of key attributes. This went on to define the performance of lightweight translucent glazing, found in buildings projects today. These crucial key features refer to the panel’s longevity, safety, thermal performance, strength, specificity, and aesthetics.

The term ‘multicell, is derived from the multiple fluted layers that constitute the structure of the panel itself. These 3.5mm channels give our Danpalon panel its immense strength and rigidity, which is unmatched by standard corrugated sheets or by industry-standard twin-wall panels. This feature also ensures that our Danpalon panel provides superior U-Values, which can be comparable to much costlier double or triple glazing glass-based options.

Danpal offers its panels in a variety of colours and finishes that can also be tailored to the needs of each specific project. This important manufacturing ability of ours, allows Danpal to provide panels with architecturally specific finishes that comply with the design concept originally intended. A key attribute, which contributes to achieving the overall aesthetics envisioned by the architect’s design.

Each Danpalon panel can also be produced with thermal performance in mind. This means that we can provide panels with a variety of co-extruded finishes such as Low-E, SoftLite or that are Reflective in nature. These performance options drastically reduce heat gain, a problem, which has often been associated with other translucent glazing panel solutions, found within the market.

Difference Between standard polycarbonate sheets and our Danpalon Panels

The difference between standard polycarbonate sheets and our Danpalon Panel system does not end there. Danpal not only pioneered the original dry-glazed standing seam system but has since gone on to produce solution-specific systems for the architectural marketplace. This range of systems provides solutions for cladding, facades, skylights, shading, interiors, and roofing.

We have successfully integrated our Danpalon panels into fully-framed, weatherproof systems which offer the architect freedom of creative design, still considered to be new in the industry. Whether it be the need for an organic shaped lightweight translucent roof or thermally insulating opaque cladding on an existing building, there is a suitable Danpal solution.


Danpal takes the quality and performance of its systems seriously, and in doing so, has achieved ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification. Our production facilities are where all our Danpalon multicell panel-based systems are manufactured, are also company operated. This is part of the key to Danpal’s success in overall quality control. We also ‘hot-stamp each Danpalon panel produced with a unique identification code. This enables us to test each production run and to track projects over time.

The comparison between standard polycarbonate sheets and a Danpalon Multicell panel highlights the vast difference between what was and what is. In a world where green building performance and safety regulations are taking precedence. Clearly, the Danpalon panel is the future of lightweight translucent panel-based systems. We like to call this ‘Light Architecture’, designing and building with natural daylight in mind.

Contact Danpal to learn more about our Danpalon polycarbonate sheets for your next architectural project.

Transform Your Building with Danpal’s VRS Cladding Solution

Many CBD’s are in desperate need of revitalization as a result of the urban decay that has crept in over the years. To combat this, programs of Urban Renewal have forged ahead. A large part of this process is the complete face-lifting of existing buildings with the use of external wall cladding materials. Danpal has recognized this fact and has developed its own cladding system called, VRS or Ventilated Rainscreen System.

Danpal VRS Cladding System

The Danpal VRS cladding system is an advanced, comprehensive solution that not only face-lifts a building but also provides full protection against the harsh environment. Our weather-proof cladding system has been specifically developed to allow for the natural circulation of air, via an updraft effect created between the existing wall and our Danpalon panel cladding material.

This free movement of air, along with the use of our multicell Danpalon panels, is a key element in thermally insulating the existing building. By this unique process, our VRS external wall cladding system, is able to assist in modulating the temperature of the structure. Ultimately by doing so, contributing to the reduction of the monthly running costs of any existing HVAC systems.


When compared to other types of cladding materials, it is clear, that our Danpal VRS cladding solution has several important attributes which give it the edge over the competition. The following are some of these key factors, shown to be superior to traditional cladding systems. Danpal VRS is 100% weather-proof, is up to 10 x lighter, has no visible fixations, is quicker to install and is offered in a multitude of colours and finishes.

Benefits derived from the use of  Danpal Cladding Solution

Beyond all these clear benefits derived from the use of our Danpal VRS cladding solution. Safety is paramount and must be a top priority when considering the choice of wall cladding material. Our Danpalon panel-based system has been Fire-rated as class B-s3, D0. This means that in the event of a fire, our VRS Danpalon panels will not spread the flame, nor will the cladding produce any hazardous smoke or give off dangerous particulates.

Danpal’s VRS offers the completely unique aesthetic appeal of our Danpalon multicell panels, high-end performance, a 25 year lifespan and inherently built-in safety factors. Danpal’s VRS cladding has you covered on all aspects that should be considered vital, when choosing an external wall cladding solution for your building.

Contact Danpal to discuss our cladding solution for your next architectural project.