There are many roofing sheets materials above the market, including polycarbonate roofing sheets, PVC roofing sheets, bitumen roofing sheets or plastic roof panels. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages. While it's always good to have options, we need to decide which roofing sheets are best for a specific project.
In this blog, Xingfa will introduce some of the most popular types of roofing sheets, all lightweight and durable options. In general, it covers most types of outbuildings.
Polycarbonate is a strong type of thermoplastic that is almost impossible to break. Like a CD or DVD, it's very difficult to tear it in half. Because they're made of polycarbonate, an extremely tough material. If polycarbonate is used as the material for the roof, the likelihood that it will be damaged by any external or internal impact is almost zero.
Polycarbonate roofing panels are easy to install due to their lightweight structure, which will greatly reduce the total time to complete the project. At the same time, it can also reduce carbon emissions.
As a very suitable roofing solution, polycarbonate roofing sheets are high regard in the industry. It is resistant to both low and high temperatures, and will crack during fixation. Polycarbonate roofing sheets are particularly popular in conservatories and patios, given their effective ability to let natural light through the roof.
Of course, polycarbonate roofing sheets have their drawbacks, they are not scratch resistant and are usually more expensive than other popular plastic roofing sheets. Due to its high cost, Xingfa did not produce polycarbonate roofing sheets, which is a pity.
Next, we are going to talk about PVC (polyvinyl chloride) roofing sheets, a kind of lightweight sheet roofing with low cost. PVC roofing sheets are not only affordable in price, but also waterproof, rigid, strong light transmittance, like polycarbonate sheets, are an example of a lightweight roofing sheet with low installation costs.
Although PVC roofing sheets are not as strong as polycarbonate roofing sheets in terms of impact resistance, they remain intact for the most part in the event of impact. And, unlike polycarbonate roofing panels, PVC roofing panels are usually scratch resistant.
Generally speaking, PVC roofing sheets are cheaper than polycarbonate. At the same time, corrugated PVC roofing sheets have strong transparency, allowing light to easily penetrate the roof and illuminate the area below.
Finally, we're going to talk about bitumen roofing sheets, one of the best priced roofing solutions on the market.
If you need waterproof, lightweight, easy installation, low maintenance cost roofing sheets, then bitumen sheets are a good choice.
Bitumen itself has a high tensile strength, even in bad conditions, it is difficult to be destroyed, and it won't crack over time. Bitumen roofing sheets can last for decades if properly installed and maintained. If you want to reflect more heat, bitumen roofing sheets typically come in a variety of brighter colors to make this possible. Bitumen, however, is more prone to small tears than plastic sheets and less resistant to impact.
Through the comparison ofthe above three kinds of roofing sheets materials, we found that:
1. Polycarbonate roofing sheets have strong impact resistance, easy to install, but the cost is high, and not resistant to scratches.
2. Although the impact resistance of PVC roofing sheets are slightly inferior to that of polycarbonate roofing sheets, they are waterproof, rigid, light transmittance, scratch resistance and low installation cost.
3. Bitumen roofing sheets have strong waterproof, lightweight, high tensile strength, simple installation, low maintenance costs, but theirs impact resistance are not as good as the shortcomings of plastic panels are also very obvious.
When choosing roofing sheets, we need to understand the characteristics of various materials, and make the most ideal choice according to our requirements for the project.
If you are still unsure which roofing sheets are best for your project, please contact our team of experts who will be more than happy to help you find the right solution.