In the manufacture of the veranda, polycarbonate is often used. This is a polymer plastic that has become popular due to its low cost, versatility and relatively long service life — more than 10 years.
It has a number of advantages over other types of materials that are used to make verandas:
- it protects from rain as much as possible;
- reliably protects from ultraviolet rays;
- has different light transmission ability;
- it is easy to install, not even a specialist can make the glazing of the veranda with polycarbonate;
- has a large selection of colors, your polycarbonate veranda will always be different from the neighbor’s;
- the possibility of manufacturing complex geometric structures.
All these qualities make the polycarbonate summer veranda suitable for a comfortable stay. In the veranda, completely covered with sheets of plastic, you can plant flowers in winter, because it is not in vain that this material is successfully used to equip greenhouses.
Types of polycarbonate
Two types of polycarbonate are popular — cellular and monolithic. A canopy for a semicircular veranda is best made from cellular polycarbonate. This is a thin material from 4 to 40 mm, which consists of two or more sheets connected by special stiffeners, it is more plastic than a monolithic one. Monolithic is distinguished by a smaller thickness from 0.75 to 40 mm, but greater strength, transparency, has no jumpers, similar to silicate glass. It is better to make a roof for a veranda from this type of polycarbonate even.
Basic tips for polycarbonate glazing of the veranda
In order for a polycarbonate veranda to serve you for many years, you should follow a number of simple rules when creating a project and installing it:
- if the roof of the veranda has the shape of an arch, then the bending radius should be 6 degrees;
- polycarbonate is covered with a protective film, it can be removed only after installation;
- the edges of cellular polycarbonate cannot be left open, this will cause early damage to the material, it is pasted over with a special aluminum tape or framed with a profile;
- if you are making a shed or gable roof of the veranda, do not make a very small slope — this can lead to stagnation of water after precipitation;
- polycarbonate on the roof of the veranda and walls during assembly is fixed only with special thermal washers, otherwise the sheets can be damaged.
It is worth noting that a polycarbonate veranda will last a long time and will not create a greenhouse effect only if all the rules of installation and use are observed.