Polycarbonate


A polymer is a complex molecule, composed of many molecular groups joined in “a chain” formation through the repetition of the same bond (called covalent bonds). Polycarbonate in particular is obtained from carbonic acid and bonded by a chemical group that is a derivative of Bisphenol.

It is considered an amorphous substance (which lacks crystalline structure in its sold state) and is thermoplastic because it has mechanical properties that vary according to the temperatures to which it is exposed (e.g thermal expansion).

It can be adapted to suit any requirement, above all in the building industry. Two types of polycarbonate exist: compact or multiwall.

The features which becomes immediately clear is the different transparency between the two materials: the compact polycarbonate is completely transparent and more similar to glass, whilst the multiwall polycarbonate has a celled structure or a structure with air pockets.

The compact quality of this type of material, makes its structure “full”, as if it were a sheet, and therefore heavier compared with the multiwall, which is made from pockets of air. The compact polycarbonate therefore has a higher price compared with the multiwall polycarbonate, but it is aesthetically smarter.

Multiwall polycarbonate is more often used in industrial environments (continuous curved canopies, vertical skylights or skylights from the ridge to the middle of the roof, with option for opening, vertical glazing, opening northlights, roof coverings in conjunction with insulating panels) , whilst compact is often found in the field of design and internal architecture (for example: roof platforms, partitioning, etc…). Nothing forbids the use of multiwall polycarbonate in the civil sector, being used for making small canopies, gazebo canopies, verandas, overhanging roof canopies or small canopies for balconies or the garden. It is possible to cold bend the material increasing the rigidity and making it suitable for any type of application.

In the field of interior design, the polycarbonate allows the subdivision of spaces without having to carry out any stonework and being able to paint and/or decorate the sheets as desire.


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