Perfecting Your Patio: Using Plastic Roof Panels To Cover Your Outdoor Space

Advantages of Polycarbonate Roofing

Do you love your deck or patio space, but hate the rain, wind, or snow that makes it difficult or impossible to enjoy the space as often as you would like? Or want to protect your vehicle from the same elements without impinging on the view? Have you considered covering it? There are many ways to cover a patio or pergola and plastic, or polycarbonate roof panels are a clear – or color – option. Polycarbonate roof panels have several advantages over other leading materials such as glass or metal and are easy to install. Polycarbonate is ten times stronger than glass, making it extremely durable and virtually shatter-resistant against the elements. In this post, we will look at the many advantages of polycarbonate roofing and how it can be used to create a year-round or covered outdoor space.

Resilient and Durable Material


Compared to other leading materials like glass, polycarbonate roofs are not only aesthetically pleasing but also a more durable choice. This state-of-the-art lightweight material, also known as multiwall or twinwall sheets, does not wither and can withstand the heat of the hottest environments as well as the other end of the spectrum – severe cold, thus making it ideal for the roof of a patio, deck, or greenhouse. Because polycarbonate is ten times stronger than glass, it is virtually shatter-resistant, which means it stands up against the elements of nature—making it a worthy investment for the long haul. Among its many features, polycarbonate is highly resistant to fires and can be used in areas that are prone to fire and other disasters. Furthermore, it is tough against high impacts, which means that it can be used in areas where there is snow, hail, rain, etc. too, thus making it the perfect roofing material.

Let the Sunshine In

Polycarbonate roofs, like other structures made of polycarbonate sheets, are constructed to let in sunlight while also protecting the structure from the harmful UV rays of the sun. This means that you can enjoy the benefit of having as much as 90% sunlight let into your patio, sunroom, or deck space, while also adding another layer of protection from the damaging effects of too much exposure to sunlight and its harmful UV rays.

Insulated for Better Temperature Balance and Impact

Polycarbonate roofs also happen to be a superior insulator compared to their glass competitor. The installation of polycarbonate roofs can help lower energy costs, which also allows this complex material to take the upper hand compared to the competition. Since it is tough and virtually shatter-resistant, this lightweight thermal-dynamo is also topnotch where impact is concerned, allowing it to remain efficient and effective in function even when exposed to extreme elements.

Versatility in Design

Another amazing benefit of polycarbonate is its versatility. Polycarbonate roof panels are rigid and sturdy enough to sustain plenty of weight without yielding while also being flexible enough to endure impacts from nature without breakage or sustaining serious damage.

Polycarbonate roofing panels can also take on many aesthetic appearances. Opaque polycarbonate panels are available in a range of colors, although many designers select grey or black panels for a sleek contemporary look. Polycarbonate panels can also be transparent – providing more light transmission than fiberglass while offering glass-like clarity. In addition to a range of colors and transparencies, these polycarbonate roofs can be customized and manufactured into a variety of sizes, thicknesses, and can even be formed into custom or unique shapes and sizes for special projects.

Interested in using polycarbonate panels for your deck, patio, pergola, sunroom, greenhouse or DIY project, take a look at our expansive offering page for twinwall and multiwall polycarbonate sheets, perfect for roofing, skylights, and cladding. Or, if you have additional questions, contact us today.