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How To Clean Your Polycarbonate Roofing

Saturday, October 29th, 2022

If you have installed or are looking to install polycarbonate roofing in Sydney, then you’re going to want to make sure that you look after it well with a good cleaning every now and then. Although polycarbonate roofing is extremely tough and lasts a very long time, it’s not immune to getting dirty.

Dirt build-up can be especially noticeable on transparent or translucent polycarbonate panels. This is not only unsightly, but such a build-up of dirt, leaves and twigs – among other debris – can even end up damaging the UV coating on the polycarbonate sheeting if left unattended, thereby compromising the product’s integrity.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you ensure that you don’t accidentally damage your polycarbonate roofing when you clean it.

Check The Weather

Ideally, you will do your cleaning when the weather is clear. Rain or heavy winds will interfere with the process and make it very difficult or even dangerous. If you’ve recently had some rain, wait a couple of days for the debris to dry out before you start cleaning. It will make the whole job a whole lot easier.

Clear The Debris

The first thing you’ll need to do is clear away any loose debris. This can be done by hand if the area is small or perhaps with a leaf blower if the area is quite large. Alternatively, you could use a soft-bristled broom or brush to sweep the debris away. The main thing to watch out for here is to avoid scratching the polycarbonate sheeting.

Rinse The Sheet

Using a hosepipe, gently rinse the sheeting with water to remove any leftover dirt. Make especially sure that any abrasive bits that could scratch the sheeting are removed. Also, clear out any gutters to avoid blockages. A high-pressure cleaner is not recommended since it can damage the UV coating.

Clean The Sheet

Using soap and a soft sponge, gently clean the sheets. Dishwashing liquid is perfect for this. Avoid using harsh and abrasive cleaning tools such as scourers or steel brushes since this will cause scratches. Also, avoid harsh chemical cleaning agents since these can damage and even remove the UV coating. Change the water in your bucket a few times to make sure you don’t accidentally apply dirt back onto the roof.

Clean Tough Spots

Suppose there are some tough, dirty spots that require a bit of extra cleaning power. In that case, you can use alcohol cleaning agents such as isopropyl alcohol, butyl alcohol or methylated spirits to loosen the dirt.

Rinse And Wipe

When you’re done, rinse it all off with clean water and manually dry the roofing with a clean and soft towel or a chamois cloth to ensure you don’t get water spots caused by air drying.

Now your polycarbonate roofing looks good as new!

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Top FAQs On Polycarbonate Roofing Answered

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Polycarbonate roofing continues to grow in popularity in Australia as clients switch to more contemporary architectural styling and eco-needs become more pressing. Twinwall polycarbonate sheets are particularly increasing in popularity as their thermal and environmental benefits are huge.

Today we answer the top FAQs that we have received.

Why Is Polycarbonate So Popular?

Polycarbonate has many benefits, but we will list the main ones here:

  • Lightweight – less labour and logistics
  • Easy to install and can replace the use of glass
  • Greater durability & 2500% more impact-resistant than glass, so it’s great for windows, roofs, walls and more
  • More scratch-resistant than glass
  • If the opaque or clear product is used, it distributes light without overheating the interior
  • Automatic UV filtering
  • Fire-resistant
  • Simple to maintain
  • Its flexibility makes it suitable for diverse designs and purposes

How To Order The Right Type And Quantity?

Your first step is calculating the total width and length of your roof, walls or windows. Next, work out how many sheets of twinwall polycarbonate or multi-wall polycarbonate you will need to cover that.

There are different configurations and thicknesses available, so your weather conditions, environment and purpose will inform your choice. 

Standard polycarbonate sheets start at 0.8mm thickness, twinwall polycarbonate is 10mm thick and multi-wall sheets are 16 mm thick. You can also use 25mm or 35 mm thickness if you have particularly hot or cold weather. If you are using them for light ingress, then remember that multi-wall sheets only let in 60% of natural light. Twinwalls let in approximately 80% of natural light and single wall sheets let in 100% of natural light.

Is Polycarbonate Safe To Use As Walls?

Polycarbonate is an excellent option for both interior and exterior walls! The multi-wall product is very energy-efficient due to its excellent insulation properties and it is aesthetically attractive. The products are robust enough for domestic, commercial, hospitality or industrial projects.

The colour and opaque options of polycarbonate add to its versatility as well for homes, extensions, lean-tos, garages, carports, apartment buildings, office blocks, hotels, factories and any other structure you can dream up. In fact, polycarbonate is used by NASA for the making of astronaut helmets.

Form meets function beautifully with polycarbonate. Today’s architects love using the product to enhance their designs and to add striking visual appeal to structures.

What Is The Lifespan Of Twinwall Polycarbonate?

Twinwall sheets can last a decade before needing quick and easy replacement. It is the simplest of products to take off and just as easy to add a new sheet. And voila, a brand new home! It only needs one person to handle and install the product; no specialised equipment is needed, so even a handyman can do it. Say goodbye to expensive crack-filling projects and even more expensive full-building painting projects every ten years.

Property maintenance has never been easier!

Ask our team for advice, or choose your ideal twinwall polycarbonate product today.

Carports With Polycarbonate Roofing For $500,000?

Friday, June 17th, 2022

This might sound like an inflammatory title for an article, but on the contrary, it is based on fact. With property prices soaring and available space declining, research by RMIT University and Centre for Urban Research fellow, Elizabeth Taylor, reports people with access to off-street parking lot spaces are not using them and neither are home garages being used. Almost counterintuitively, property analysts report soaring prices for carports with polycarbonate roofing and other materials.

So let’s delve into the above strange data.

Garages Versus Carports

Starting at garages, almost 50% of homeowners with garages are not parking in them specifically because they are such valuable real estate. The garages are being used for storage or other functions, and parking is being allocated to carports.

The demand for carports has started a micro-economy for the structures with inner-city properties fetching an average of $300,000 extra for simple structures with polycarbonate roofing.

Underutilised Car Parks

The abovementioned research clarifies a separate reason for parking lots not being utilised efficiently. Free residential street-parking permits are encouraging drivers to park on the street, which is proving to be a popular option. This, unfortunately, is clogging up the street parking spaces for vehicles that need to travel in and out of the city during the day. Instead of the municipality trying to create more street parking, they should be encouraging more off-street parking by property owners.

The Price Of Car Ports With Polycarbonate Roofing

With garages being repurposed, the demand for driveway or carport parking is pushing prices up to $300,000 in Sydney and Melbourne suburbs. Prices of $200,000 are being achieved in Paddington and in addition to parking space, there must also be garage space for that extra room.

If there is no parking, in addition to garage parking, the higher-end domestic property buyer will not discuss a property.

One such buyer submitted an almost $500,000 offer for a carport to park his cars, but even that didn’t take him across the finish line. A developer outbid him as the plot was going to be used for establishing new townhouses.


For a fast, affordable value injection into your property’s arm, it looks like a carport is the way to go. Transform your garage into a more value-adding space and maximise your carport usage.

Choose your ideal polycarbonate roofing for your carport today from Roofing Supermarket!

Why Is Polycarbonate Roofing The Perfect Choice?

Friday, July 30th, 2021

When it’s time to do roof replacements or roof updates, it will benefit your project and property if you took the time to consider polycarbonate roofing in Sydney. Specifying a polycarbonate solution will give your building excellent interior light where needed, exceptional durability in all weather conditions, and with its UV rating, your roof will withstand sun, hailstorms, vandalisms and a list of anomalies.

A recent roof replacement project in ACT specified 4.5 mm thick polycarbonate panels in an attractive matt finish. The roofing contractor cut lengths of 4.1m from the original spools, and they achieved a stunning result. Not only were aesthetic goals surpassed, but the product’s durability will outlast the project’s material-lifespan goals.

Polycarb also performs very well when used in balustrades and other glazing applications. Its superior performance is a result of its impact strength which is 250 times stronger than standard glass.

Another factor that makes it a hot favourite of architects, architectural drafting technicians, and builders is that polycarbonate roofing curved into exciting architectural creations with no risk of cracking. You can use lengths of 50 m long and 2,540 mm wide to eliminate joints, creating long warehouse roofs or impressive lightboxes. 

The range of polycarbonate on the market allows you to let your imagination run wild. No matter what your taste or budget needs are, you will find an option that will excite you from multi-wall polycarbonate lightweight panels, translucent composite panels, scratch-resistant, anti-slip finishes to opal polycarbonate. The product is also incredibly light to transport and very easy to handle on-site, making installations faster and more affordable.

The roof of a building is a vital part of the waterproofing and weatherproofing of the structure. In addition, it contributes significantly to the aesthetic and value rating of the building. Additionally, it is a critical part of the thermal management of the interior. It is, therefore, essential to get the correct roof material specifications from day one. 

Eco-Friendly Materials

With an accelerating demand and need for energy-efficient buildings, polycarbonate roofing sheets are becoming increasingly popular in the Sydney construction industry. The product’s carbon footprint is reduced due to lowered fuel consumption in transport, and the multi-wall sheets have improved heat retention by 30%. In addition, with the correct use of the opal panels, you can filter out 50% of the sunlight while diffusing the remaining light effectively. 

To get the best advice on polycarbonate roofing in Sydney, contact our team of roofing specialists. They look forward to helping you achieve the best roofing result for your project.

Why Architects And Builders Love Polycarbonate Roofing

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

Choosing roofing, cladding, and wall sidings can be overwhelming for a property owner. There are so many products with specific features that you need Venn diagrams to find one that fits all your needs. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a product that could be used for vastly different specifications without a NASA budget?

Enter polycarbonate roofing sheets – the teacher’s pet of architects and builders and soon to be your favourite too.

What Are Polycarbonate Roofing Sheets?

In brief, polycarbonate is a type of plastic – a very hi-tech, advanced plastic that delivers excellent performance, energy-saving, cost savings, and beauty while being eco-friendly. Let’s look at the benefits in detail.


Polycarbonate roofing is available in clear to opaque options, offering up to ninety-two percent transmission of the available light. This makes it a great option for roofing, canopies, skylights and greenhouses. In addition, its colour range, twinwall options, and how it is used in construction can give varying degrees of light transmission and filtering.


Polycarbonate has superior resistance to impact with statistics such as:

  • 250x resistance of ordinary glass.
  • 30x resistance of plexiglass.
  • 2-20x resistance of toughened glass.

This strength makes polycarbonate world-class in a protective role as roofing, curtain walls or wall sidings of large public venues such as transport hubs and schools.

UV Protection

Polycarbonate has a UV protective coating that prevents the ingress of UV into your interior, therefore protecting your furniture. Furthermore, it can be used to protect art and exhibitions. This coating protects the Polycarbonate itself, prolonging its ultra-long life and making it extremely durable in outdoor applications.


Due to the molecular structure of Polycarbonate sheets, it does not rely on weight to form part of its strength.

This weight reduction delivers significant reductions in the cost of transportation, the labour headcount required to handle it, and the support structure needed to bear it.

All Round Superior Product

The benefits list is long, including flame retardancy, flexibility, colour fastness, anti-stain, sound insulation, temperature insulation, energy savings, extreme temperature adaptability and a truly beautiful aesthetic addition to award-winning buildings.

Now you can see the reasons that architects and builders love this material. Hopefully, this has helped highlight it as the perfect material for your project.

Order the perfect polycarbonate roofing choice for your project today. Our team of experts will be happy to answer all your questions.

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