Polycarbonate is amorphous and transparent thermoplastics. It is an alternative to glass products as transparent and translucent in various colors by processing polycarbonate. Polycarbonate sheets can be described as a material very similar to glass, due to the fact that they transmit sunlight.
Polycarbonate Sheet Usage Areas
Polycarbonate sheets have been the most used materials among building materials in recent years. These plates, which are preferred and used in many sectors today, provide advantages to their users in every field they are used thanks to their chemical and physical properties.
The transparency and aesthetic appearance of polycarbonate, being much lighter and more economical than glass, increases its use. Today, it is more preferable to use polycarbonate instead of glass in greenhouse constructions. It is aimed to maximize the efficiency of production with the choice of polycarbonate material in greenhouses.
Polycarbonate Sheet Properties
Polycarbonate sheets prevent the plants from burning by allowing the sun's rays to spread by breaking them in the greenhouse. It provides the opportunity to work between -40, +115 °C temperatures. Polycarbonate sheets produced with IR additive added to its structure according to needs preserve greenhouse temperatures. This reduces the temperature difference between day and night.
This situation may occur in greenhouses in winter; Dew reduces the risk of frost and accelerates plant growth. There are differences in production and durability characteristics between polycarbonate greenhouses and glass greenhouses. Polycarbonate sheets have excellent impact resistance compared to glass.
Use of Polycarbonate Coating in Greenhouses
It is much lighter in weight than glass and has ease of application. The very low weight of polycarbonate sheets ensures that a less static force is loaded on the structure compared to glass.
In thermal insulation, they are products with much higher light transmittance than glass by providing thermal insulation. With the grooves of the polycarbonate sheets, the heat and cold effect of the air are separated. It is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Another advantage of polycarbonate sheet is that the material is suitable for hot cold bending and has a long life.
The standard dimensions of polycarbonate sheet options, which are manufactured in thicknesses ranging from 4 to 16 mm, are 210x600 cm. 4 and 6 mm polycarbonate sheets are generally used in the advertising sector, 8-10-16 mm thicknesses are used in the construction and roof and facade sectors. Polycarbonate sheets that can be produced in different thicknesses are selected in accordance with the seasonal conditions of the region where the greenhouse will be established.
Polycarbonate Sheet Prices
Polycarbonate Sheet Prices vary according to thickness. Polycarbonate production quality is also one of the factors affecting the price. You can find 1st class, 2nd class, 3rd class polycarbonate sheet on the market. It is classified according to the amount of recycling materials contained in it.
For example, the average price per square meter of 8mm two-chamber polycarbonate sheet is around 5 euros. One plate measures 2.10 cm x6.00 cm. So one plate covers an area of 12.6 m2. The price of one plate 8mm two-chamber polycarbonate can be calculated as 63 euros.
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