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Glossary of Terms | Softlite Polycarbonate

LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ Softlite is a 100% light diffusing panel utilizing advanced polymer technology to scatter light while maintaining a high level of light transmission. Natural light is scattered in many directions. The result is a softer light that helps to eliminate hot spots, glare and shadows.

The diffusion feature is excellent for greenhouse applications. Light encompasses both top and bottom leaves resulting in uniform growth and more usable energy to the plant.

According to several studies, natural diffused light increases occupant productivity and creates a more comfortable, safe environment for both people and animals.


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Ozanam Inn |New Sheltered Day Space

“Polycarbonate Panels create Translucent Canopy”

Located in the Louisiana city of New Orleans, the Ozanam Inn has been providing an emergency night shelter and services for the homeless and under-served for over sixty years. Last fall, the outside gathering area at the Ozanam Inn was transformed into a more functional and visually appealing day space. This was all made possible by a generous anonymous donor’s gift and the collaborative efforts of the Tulane School of Architecture’s community design center.

The Ozanam Inn’s new day space features a wonderful outdoor canopy and a large wooden decking area with plenty of seating. The canopy is built of steel and pressure-treated wood. The ‘folded’ roof surface was designed with several ridges and valleys. Preferring a transparent white or frosted roofing material, LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 15 Softlite twin wall polycarbonate panels were used to cover the structure.

LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 15 was an excellent choice for this canopy project. These high-performance panels are extremely durable and can withstand a lot of punishment from nature’s elements. Softlite polycarbonate provides 100% light diffusion. The panels diffuse the natural light coming through, creating a comfortable outdoor space for the clients of the Ozanam Inn.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for Ozanam Inn’s new sheltered day space was held earlier this month. “It was a great celebration of a long semester’s work. We’re doing some touch up here and there, but the shelter is being put to good use every day!” said Sara Allen Harper, M. Arch 2017 | Tulane University School of Architecture.

Tulane City Center brings together creative makers and doers working for a better city by advancing community-driven ideas through collaboration, design education and scrappy problem-solving.

Ozanam Inn offers aid and comfort to the poor and needy in its community by providing basic human needs such as; food, shelter and clothing.

LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ is a trademark of SABIC


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AmeriLux Employee Spotlight

Jim Romenesko | Driver for AmeriLux Transportation

A Sprinkler Fitter for twenty-one years, Jim Romenesko decided to retire after his third knee surgery. During those years as Sprinkler Fitter, he also worked as a part-time truck driver and milked cows for a local dairy farm. Previous to his time spent in the fire sprinkler fitter trade, Jim was a full time truck driver.

With years of experience behind the wheel of trucks, Jim joined AmeriLux Transportation as a part time driver nearly two years ago.  “My role is to safely get products from point-to-point as efficiently as possible in a courteous manner,” Jim responded. “I like this job because it is physically easier on the body. I also like to drive, always did!”

Fun Fact: Jim played football for the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Started as a Freshman and Sophomore. After three concussions and a back surgery, he decided to stop playing.

In case you were wondering: A Sprinkler Fitter is a very demanding trade and is responsible for installing all types of fire-protecting systems that save lives and property.

To continually provide value-added services and improve on-time delivery with key customers, AmeriLux International formed AmeriLux Transportation, a full-service freight transport company, in June 2012. Click here to learn more.


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DIY Tip of the Month: Snow Load

Snow load refers to the amount of “snow and ice” weight per square foot that a building’s roof is able to support.

In areas with high snow loads, several factors should be considered when purchasing polycarbonate sheets for a roofing project: Sheet structure and thickness, sheet width, purlin spacing, type of connection, slope direction, roof shape, and wind exposure.

Always consult with your local building inspector to determine the building code requirements for your area.