Maintaining Your Polycarbonate Roofing Panels
If you’re using a polycarbonate roofing panel or planning to use one. You’re in the right place. Today we’re going to show you exactly how to maintain a polycarbonate roofing panel so you can use it for a long time.
Before we move further, you need to know why you need to choose polycarbonate sheets for your roof. And make sure you’re choosing the right material. You can choose three types of polycarbonate sheet as roofing sheets:
If you’re not sure about the specifications or the material for your need, feel free to consult with UVPLASTIC. Here, maybe you need to know the difference between polycarbonate Vs acrylic. Now that’s out of the way, let’s dive into the main topic.
Installing the panels: First, you’ll need to install the panels in the right way. That means you’ll need to have the proper safety equipment for you. If you’re working at the roof, there are a million ways you can hurt yourself. Take appropriate care so that you don’t harm yourself.
Before you go up and start installing, you must plan out the whole process beforehand. That will make your work a lot easy besides ensuring that the structure is ready to support the polycarbonate roof.
For installing a polycarbonate roof, you won’t need a lot of tools. A hammer, drill, and a circular saw if you need to cut those sheets. If you’re not comfortable with cutting, you can order cut-to-size polycarbonate sheets from your supplier.
Now it’s time to lay the sheets. This is the most critical part of the process. Make sure you’re not leaving any space or gap behind. Lay the panels as evenly as possible.
Then you need to fit the panels to the structure using a hammer and drills. After fitting the sheets, you’ll have to give a finishing touch and remove any dust or chips off the panels.
Cleaning: PC panels are extremely hard materials, but they can be scratched easily. If your roof tends to get a lot of dust or leaves from trees, you need to clear them off more often. If you don’t clear those from your roofing panels regularly, these will leave scratches on your surface. (To know more information about Hard coated polycarbonate).
You don’t have to wash the panels every time there is some dust or leaves, but you’ll need to follow some guidelines to wash polycarbonate sheets when you do.
Many people do more harm when washing the panels. How?
They leave scratch marks while washing. Ensure that you’re using the right cloth and cleaner to wash. I recommend using a microfiber cloth, warm water, and mild soap to wash the panels. These will do the work just fine and you don’t need any harsh chemicals or hard clothes for this.
Before you use any of those, first use a garden hose to wash off the dust or leaves. Then soak the soft cloth to warm water mixed with mild soap. You’ll need to rub the surface with soft pressure and speed and remove any strains.
Now wash the panels with the garden hose again and wipe off the water. Alternatively, you can leave the panels to dry, but this can leave some watermarks. If you don’t want them to be visible, it’s better to wipe them off.
Changing the panels
Polycarbonate panels have an extremely long lifespan compared to other alternatives. A polycarbonate sheet can be used for 10-12 years without a crack. However, often you might need to change the panels and replace them with new ones.
But keep in mind that these sheets are not for one-time use. And you can use a pre-used sheet for years for another project.
That’s why you’ll need to remove the panels in a way that you don’t scratch or leave strains while removing them from the structure. Especially when removing the drills, use screwdrivers to remove them properly.
After unfitting, clean the removed panels and store them properly if you need them for later use. And when you do use it for another roof, follow the same instruction in installing the panels.
Maintaining in extreme weather conditions
If you’re using polycarbonate roofing material in areas with extreme weather conditions, you’re going in the right direction because you can be confident that your roof will withstand harsh weather conditions or earthquakes.
However, after earthquakes or cyclones occur, it’s advised that you do a checkup on your panels. You might need to wash off the dirt and dust too.
Maintaining for greenhouses
Greenhouses need more maintenance and cleaning compared to just roofing panels. This might be more work than other applications because you’ll need to clean both sides of the panels and all the walls or side panels too. When the roof of a greenhouse gets dusty or has more leaves on it. The light transmission of the greenhouse gets reduced significantly. For better results, you’ll need to have scheduled maintenance for your greenhouse.
Now that you know how to maintain and clean your roofing panels, it’s time to get to work. If you do have polycarbonate roofing panels installed on your roof. Do it yourself without hiring professionals.
And if you’re planning on buying one. Be confident that polycarbonate roofing panels are one of the best options for any roof. And the maintenance is also simple and easier than other alternatives.
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UVPLASTIC is a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate in China. Meantime, UVPLASTIC provides designing and machining polycarbonate service. The subsidiary-UVACRYLIC, which is a leading manufacturer of acrylic sheets in China, provides custom acrylic. If you are interested in these products, please contact us!