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DIY Tip of the Month

Only use a “100% silicone” sealant on polycarbonate sheets. Silicone sealants do not degrade in sunlight. They resist mold and mildew and remain flexible, allowing for building movement.

Do not use roofing caulk. Consequences of using an incompatible sealant are inadequate adhesion, too rigid of a bond, and/or the product contains chemicals that may discolor or damage the polycarbonate sheet.

Check the product information on the sealant label BEFORE using to ensure compatibility.



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Secondary Structural Components

What is a purlin and what is it used for?

purlinIn architecture or structural engineering or building, a purlin is a horizontal structural member often made from wood or steel that directly supports the roofing material. Purlins run perpendicular to the slope of the roof as opposed to rafters that run parallel to the slope of the roof. Purlins transfer the roof load to the main roof structure such as trusses, load bearing walls, or large rafters.

Purlins vary in size depending on the type of structure, loading requirements, and local codes. The spacing between purlins depends on the type of roofing material, loading requirements, and local codes. Be sure to check with your local building inspector or check local code requirements.


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Frequently Asked Polycarbonate Question

pre-drillQ: Why pre-drill the fastener holes before installing polycarbonate sheets?

A: When it comes to the installation of polycarbonate sheets, pre-drilling is a must! Always pre-drill holes slightly larger than the fastener. Pre-drilling allows for the sheets to expand and contract due to changes in temperature. Failure to pre-drill can result in the sheet warping and/or cracking around the screw.

DRILLING TIPS: It is recommended to drill holes with a high speed steel- or carbide-tipped twist drill or a drill with an angular wedged bit. When drilling, it is important to support the sheet to avoid unnecessary vibration.


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The 951 Apartments

“Polycarbonate – An Attractive Alternative”

The 951 ApartmentsLocated in beautiful downtown Boise, Idaho, The 951 apartment units feature many great amenities including private balconies. LEXAN™ 16mm polycarbonate panels were used for the balcony railings and the overhead canopies. A combination of Clear and Softlite panels created a pleasing visual contrast with the buildings color palette.

Polycarbonate was chosen for this project because the material is durable, long-lasting, and economically priced. Choosing Softlite panels for the top floor canopies will aid in concealing dust and debris, diffuse the direct sunlight, and help reduce heat gain, improving user comfort. The lightweight panels are also easy to install and look great as a finished product.

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