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3 types of cheap, durable and beautiful plastic light panels & construction methods

Plastic panels for light is a transparent panel, allowing light to easily pass through. This product is often used for roofing, helping to make the most of light from the natural environment, making the space brighter and creating a more open feeling.

Take advantage of outdoor light by covering the roof with transparent plastic panels
Take advantage of outdoor light by covering the roof with transparent plastic panels (Source: shutterstock.com)

Depending on the material plastic roofing panels for light divided into 2 types:

  • Polycarbonate plastic sheet.
  • Plastic fiberglass composite light panels.
  • Transparent mica roofing panels let in light.
Polycarbonate plastic sheet
Polycarbonate plastic sheet (Source: shutterstock.com/)
Fiberglass composite light plastic panels
Fiberglass composite light panels (Source: shutterstock.com)
Transparent mica roofing panels let in light
Transparent mica roofing panels let in light (Source: shutterstock.com)

Based on the shape Smart plastic panels get light divided into 2 types:

  • Flat plastic panels (hollow and solid).
  • Corrugated plastic panels let in light.
Flat plastic light plate
Flat plastic sheet (Source: shutterstock.com)
Corrugated plastic panels let in light
Corrugated plastic panels for light (shutterstock.com)
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Polycarbonate plastic sheet

Polycarbonate plastic sheet Also known as "Poly plastic sheet". This is a panel made from synthetic plastic, which has polymer units linked together through carbonate groups. This product is highly transparent, not fragile and lighter than glass 2 times more. This is the reason why they are used to replace glass.

Poly plastic panels get light Good heat resistance, always durable even in magnetic environments -40 degrees C to 120 degrees C. The advantages of this plastic panel are good strength, long life, easy construction, effective light collection and low cost. Besides, this roofing plastic sheet also has a variety of colors to serve users.

Poly plastic panels get light for greenhouses
Poly plastic panels for greenhouses (Source: shutterstock.com)

Polycarbonate solid flat plastic sheet

This is a high-quality light roofing sheet with good impact resistance, heat resistance, UV protection and fire resistance. With a solid structure, the panels have extremely high durability. The light transmittance of this type is up to 90%. Besides, the panels have the ability to insulate up to 31dB, making the building more quiet.

Durability of solid polycarbonate roofing sheets:

  • 200 times higher than regular glass.
  • 20 times higher than tempered glass.
  • 8 times higher than Mica plastic roofing sheets.
Poly clear light plastic sheet
Poly plastic sheet (Source: shutterstock.com)

Flat, hollow poly plastic sheet

This is a roofing sheet with excellent thermal insulation properties. With a hollow design, with a layer of air in the middle, the panels have a lighter weight and better heat resistance than the solid type. However, because it is the result of many thin layers of Poly plastic, Flat, hollow poly plastic sheet has lower bearing capacity and bending ability than solid Poly sheets.

Polycarbonate flat hollow light plastic sheet
Polycarbonate flat hollow light plastic sheet (Source: shutterstock.com/)

Polycarbonate corrugated plastic sheet

This is a material widely used in construction projects, known by many other names such as: corrugated iron, corrugated poly or corrugated roofing, etc. Created by extrusion technology. Advanced, the panels have a characteristic wave shape, like the steel panels we often see.

Polycarbonate corrugated plastic sheet There are 2 waveforms: round waves , and square wave. Often used in combination with other types of corrugated iron for roofing, to let in a small portion of light instead of covering the entire roof.

  • Square wave shaped poly plastic sheet 1070mm wide x 6000mm long, with a thickness of about 1mm - 1.5mm.
  • Poly plastic panels take light in circular wave shape Width 820mm - 860mm x length 2400mm, thickness about 0.8mm.
Polycarbonate corrugated roofing sheet
Polycarbonate corrugated roofing sheets (Source: shutterstock.com)
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Composite plastic panels

Composite plastic panels is a plastic panel (Plastic can be unsaturated Polyester or Vinyl ester) mixed with additives such as: glass fiber, carbon fiber,... for flexibility and elasticity. The transparency and aesthetics are not as good as Poly plastic panels, but this product still has the ability to take in good light at a low cost.

  • Opaque white composite plastic panels absorb about 75% of the light.
  • The clear white composite plastic panel absorbs about 85% of the light.
Composite plastic panels for light
Composite plastic panels for light (Source: shutterstock.com)

Fiberglass composite light plastic roofing panels This product is highly durable, super light, prevents UV rays, is easy to bend and does not break easily. They are also highly appreciated for their sound and heat insulation properties, and their ability to withstand harsh weather. With a protective film layer on the surface, they do not stain easily and limit yellowing.

Composite plastic roofing panels expand interior space
Composite plastic roofing panels expand interior space (Source: shutterstock.com/)

The size of composite plastic roofing panels is very diverse, including: flat panels, Clip-Lock corrugated panels, Seam-Lock corrugated panels, V-Lock, 5-wave panels, 6-wave panels, 7-wave panels , 9 wave panels, 11 wave panels,...

>>> For more information about what are composite materials? You can view here.

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Transparent Mica roofing panels let in smart light.

Mica roofing panels are also known as light-weight Acrylic plastic panels, or PMMA (Poly Methyl Methacrylate) panels. This is a transparent plastic sheet that can replace glass when roofing. Light weight and 10 times more durable than regular glass. If you buy panels with a thickness of about 3mm, the ability to absorb light can be up to 98%.

Transparent Mica roofing sheet
Transparent Mica roofing sheets (Source: shutterstock.com)

The inside of the Mica roofing sheet also contains glass fibers. Therefore, the product surface has an even gloss, limiting dust accumulation. In addition, their combustion temperature is up to 460 degrees Celsius, so their heat resistance is very high. On the other hand, the product is also flexible, making it easy for us to style. The disadvantage of this light roofing sheet is that it scratches easily.

Mica roofing panels let in good light
Mica roofing panels let in good light (Source: shutterstock.com)
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3 common applications of light-emitting smart plastic panels

3 common applications of light-emitting smart plastic panels are:

  • Make a roof.
  • Construction of skylights.
  • Make transparent partitions.

Make a roof to let in light

Smart transparent plastic panels are often used to cover porches, balconies, greenhouses, garages,... or as pergolas for outdoor items such as: pergola, bus stops, swimming pool seats, etc. They not only let in light but also limit UV rays, protecting us.

Awning for light made of plastic panels
Awning made of plastic panels (Source: shutterstock.com)
Translucent plastic panels make a canopy for the bus station
Translucent plastic panels used as pergolas for bus stations (Source: shutterstock.com)
Transparent plastic roofing panels for plastic wooden huts
Transparent plastic roofing panels for plastic wooden huts

Pergola buildings (open architectural works) in outdoor spaces cannot lack the presence of transparent plastic panels to let in light. This wind and rain blocking material is often installed above wood-plastic bar.

Construction of skylights

Houses in urban areas often have limited areas with a tube-like structure. To take advantage of outdoor natural light into the living space, skylights are the most suitable item. Constructing skylights with translucent plastic panels not only brings in good light but also effectively blocks rain and wind.

High-strength plastic skylight panels
High-strength plastic skylight panels (Source: shutterstock.com)

Replace glass as partitions

With its transparent properties, durability, and high safety, light-reflecting plastic panels can replace glass in many partitions such as: bathroom cabin partitions, window partitions, office desk partitions. ,…

Translucent plastic panels make beautiful partitions
Translucent plastic panels make beautiful partitions (Source: shutterstock.com)
Plastic panels get smart light as office partitions
Smart light-emitting plastic panels for office partitions (Source: shutterstock.com)

>>> See more: Beautiful living room partition models.

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How to construct plastic panels to get smart light

Depending on the project category and type, we have different ways of constructing light-emitting plastic panels. The following article would like to share how to install plastic roofing panels to get light.

Step 1: Install the frame (purlin)

The distance of beams (beams) depends on the thickness of the plate

  • Plate thickness is from 2.5mm - 4mm: Beam distance is about 600mm - 700mm.
  • Plate thickness is from 5mm - 6mm: Beam distance is about 700mm - 800mm.
  • Plate thickness from 8mm - 10mm: Maximum beam distance 1000mm.
Install the skeleton
Installing the skeleton (Source: shutterstock.com)

Step 2: Install the plastic light plate on the frame

Note:

  • The plate connection location needs to be placed on the beam.
  • When installing, face the panel with UV protection layer towards the sky.
  • Only remove the plastic layer protecting the panel surface after construction is completed.
  • Use the blade of small metal and iron to cut the plate.
  • Roofing with plastic panels requires a slope of about 5 degrees for water to flow down.
  • If bending is required, please keep the radius to a minimum of 175 times the sheet thickness. (Example: Sheet thickness is 4mm, minimum radius for bending is 700mm).
Install the light-reflecting plastic sheet on the frame
Install the plastic sheet to absorb light on the frame (Source: shutterstock.com)

Step 3: Drill pilot holes and screw in

Note: 

  • Drill a pilot hole through the plate (2.5 - 3 times wider than the diameter of the screw body), at least 15 - 20cm from the edge.
  • We need to shoot the screw into the exact center of the drilled hole but not too tight so that the panel has space to expand against the heat of the sun.
  • For points without aluminum brackets, you can use a bracket with a black rubber washer to cushion the plate screw.
  • Plate thickness greater than 4mm must use a collapsible brace to keep the plate from sagging more than 50mm.

Step 4: Install aluminum brace

Note:

  • Between the 2 panels, leave a gap of 8 - 10mm.
  • Use an aluminum brace to cover the connection point between the two panels and fill the edge of the brace with A2, A500 glue.

Step 5: Fix the plastic sheet to take the light down to the beam

Ta Fix the plastic sheet to the skeleton by shooting screws into the center of the brace, through the gap between the two panels.

The construction of corrugated plastic roofing panels is completed
Completed construction of corrugated plastic roofing panels (Source: shutterstock.com)
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Quote for transparent roofing plastic panels

The price of plastic panels depends on thickness, size, origin and production technology. Some types are coated with anti-UV/anti-scratch coating, some are not. Therefore, we cannot determine the exact price of the product. The following prices are updated in October 10 and are for reference only:

  • Price of solid polycarbonate plastic sheet: Price from 150.000 – 1.520.000 VND/ 1m2.
  • Price of hollow poly plastic sheet: Price from 950.000 - 2.400.000 VND/plate. (The size of this plastic sheet is 2.1m x 5.8m, thickness from 4mm to 10mm).
  • Price of fiberglass composite plastic light panels: 50.000 - 290.000 VND/ 1 meter long (thickness from 0.4mm to 3mm).
  • Price of transparent mica panels for light: 1.180.000 - 1.700.000 VND/plate. (The size of this plastic sheet is 1.220mm x 1.440mm, thickness is from 3mm to 5mm).
The awning covered with transparent plastic panels enhances the living space
The awning covered with transparent plastic panels enhances the living space (Source: shutterstock.com)

So there is information about the 3 types cheap plastic panels for light, durability and beauty have been fully provided above. Kosmos hopes this article will help you find the most suitable material for yourself. Material information like this will be available soon if you register here.

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