Roofing sheets can be used for a range of applications, from traditional sheet roofing in agricultural buildings and outbuildings to more contemporary uses such as carports and domestic roofing.
Our plastic roofing provides a lightweight and often more cost-effective option to more traditional roofing materials. Being exceptionally easy to work with due to it being able to be cut, and drilled with ease, it becomes an accessible option for roofing regardless of your experience level.
The durability of acrylic sheets makes them ideal for roofing applications, not least as the material also harnesses weather-resistant properties as well making it long-lasting even in changing temperatures.
Similarly, polycarbonate roofing sheets are impact-resistant and insulating, making them suitable for a wide range of roofing applications. They offer fantastic protection against harsh weather conditions and maximise light, as well as being a stronger option than both acrylic and glass. Our polycarbonate sheets provide a higher quality than you may expect with plastic sheeting, often being used to replace glass roofs in situations like greenhouses or sheds.
Up to 10 times stronger than glass our clear Perspex® acrylic sheets don’t show any sign of ageing with continual use, meaning you can expect at least 20 years of use from your clear acrylic sheet without showing signs of deterioration.
Further to this, Clear Perspex® Acrylic sheeting also provides up to 92% light transmission, higher than most types of glass, so becomes a preferable option to glass for use in windows or roofing.
Clear polycarbonate sheeting on the other hand is an ultra-tough, versatile material with a wide range of possible uses, from secondary glazing to riot shields, to external panels. This superior strong material can be purchased in varying thicknesses to provide further levels of insulating for your roofing sheet plastic. Two hundred times stronger than glass, our polycarbonate replacement roofing sheet alternative is available as a durable, safer option for replacing the roofing.
Lastly, high-impact polystyrene (HIP) is the cheaper option and much like polycarbonate is designed for functions that require enhanced impact resistance ideal for use as a roofing sheet alternative.
However, when compared to the other two sheeting, HIP sheets do have a noticeable optical difference often showing vertical lines distorting light slightly which is worth considering if you are aiming for total clear optics. For this reason, our polycarbonate or clear acrylic sheets are perfect for roofing sheet replacements, though HIPs is a great alternative if optics are not of concern.
All three of our options as an alternative to roofing sheet panels are lightweight and easier to install than traditional glass. While glass would normally deteriorate as a roofing sheet pane, either by losing transparency or warping, the long-lasting consistency of clear acrylic, polycarbonate, or HIP panels makes them an easy replacement, repurposing your roof and giving your structure a second wind.
We are able to provide HIPS, clear acrylic, or polycarbonate exactly to your specifications and measurements, as well as adding options for customization should you require. We have also constructed a helpful guide to assist you with your installation.
Clear Perspex® acrylic, polycarbonate, and high impact polystyrene sheets give excellent optical clarity, ranging up to 92% light transmission, higher than most types of glass, making our clear plastic sheets an advantageous option for use in windows or as a skylight.
Clear Perspex® acrylic sheets are incredibly durable, so are often used as a secondary glazing alternative to glass, as it is resistant to impact and is shatterproof, making it a safer option. Further, clear plastic sheets are particularly useful for sheds and around the home with children and pets.
Comparably, our polycarbonate is 300 hundred times stronger than glass and 30 times stronger than our Perspex® acrylic sheets, as well as being shatter-resistant. You can expect at least 20 years of continued use from these long-lasting panels without showing signs of deterioration.
Clear acrylic sheeting is UV and weather-resistant, as well as being resistant to prolonged exposure to sunlight. In addition, clear acrylic sheets are also resistant to most chemicals and have a low moisture absorption rate, so clear plastic sheets are useful for a host of different environments and are perfect for outdoor applications.
With a higher impact tolerance to acrylic sheeting, clear polycarbonate sheets make a stronger, long-lasting alternative to both acrylic and glass. At its thickest point polycarbonate is also resistant to bullets, and its brake form is a tenth of an inch thick.
Clear cast Perspex® acrylic sheeting is easy to fabricate and can be cut, drilled and shaped to any requirements, so it’s a flexible material to work with. The cut surfaces can be polished and sanded easily for a more professional finish to your sheeting.
HIPs works out at one-third of the price of clear acrylic relative to square meter sheets, allowing roofing panes to become an accessible inexpensive task to complete.
All of our roofing sheet plastic options are equally easy to clean, with just warm soapy water and a microfibre cloth needed to ensure a hygienic finish.
Acrylic Roofing Sheets Specifications
|Finish||Clear, Coloured, Fluorescent, Frosted, Glass Look, Mirrored, Opal, Tinted, Translucent|
|Maximum Sheet Size||3050mm x 2030mm|
|Available Thicknesses||2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 15mm, 20mm, 25mm, 30mm|
|Light Transmission||> 92%|
|Fire Rating||UK Class 3 fire rating|
|Manufacturers Tolerances||+/- 10 % plus 0.4mm (e.g. 5mm cast sheet could vary from 4.1mm to 5.9mm)|
|Cutting Tolerances||+/- 1mm|
Polycarbonate Roofing Sheets Specifications
|Available Thicknesses||2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm|
|Maximum Sheet Size||3050mm x 2030mm|
|Minimum Sheet Size||100mm x 50mm|
|Fire Rating||UK Class 1 Fire Rating|
|Manufacturers Tolerances||+/- 10% plus 0.4mm (e.g. 5mm cast sheet could vary from 4.1mm to 5.9mm)|
|Cutting Tolerances||+/- 1mm|
Frequently Asked Questions
What roofing sheets are best?
Polycarbonate roofing sheets are the most common roofing sheets as they are both lightweight and durable with improved durability. Acrylic or High Impact Polystyrene are cheaper options and prove to be an equal counterpart for roofing sheets.
What is the difference between PVC and polycarbonate roofing?
Polyvinyl chloride also known as PVC is different to polycarbonate due to its chemical components of chloride versus carbon. In regards to their properties, polycarbonate is stronger and can withstand a greater impact, however, PVC is more adaptable and can be shaped even when using a thinner thickness.
How good is plastic roofing?
Perfect for an overextended section of a summer house or gazebo, plastic roofing provides cover from the elements while the clear transparency is great for creating the illusion of an untouched area giving the best of both worlds.
Can you walk on polycarbonate roofing?
We do not suggest that you walk on any plastic roofing regardless of the material.
What is better PVC or polycarbonate?
Polycarbonate is better than PVC with its longevity and durability. At ten times stronger than glass, polycarbonate will withstand the toughest of knocks.