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Polycarbonate Corrugated Roofing Sheets: The Ideal Solution for Weatherproof Roofing in Ontario

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If you live in Ontario, you probably know how extreme the weather can be, from heat waves, rain, snow, and ice storms. In a place like this, weatherproof roofing is the first defense against harsh elements, such as heavy snowfall, high winds, and fluctuating temperatures. Polycarbonate corrugated roofing sheets are the ideal solution for weatherproof roofing in Ontario. A polycarbonate roof can handle whatever nature throws its way.

Understanding Polycarbonate Corrugated Sheets

Polycarbonate is a transparent and impact-resistant material made from thermoplastic polymers. It has an octagonal-wave shape, giving it a “corrugated” appearance. Its strength, temperature and impact resistance, durability, and lightweight properties set it apart from other roofing materials or sheets.

Weatherproofing Challenges in Ontario

Climate conditions in Ontario can vary significantly throughout the year. In Ontario, summers in the southern region can reach temperatures nearing 40ºC with high humidity, while winters in Northern Ontario can drop to -40ºC.

Harsh weather conditions are a major concern in Ontario for homeowners, especially when it comes to roofing. The roof, being directly exposed to sunlight and extreme weather conditions, is one of the most susceptible components of a house. It faces the direct impact of the sun, rain, wind, and other harsh temperatures.

Below are some of the common roofing issues faced in extreme weather conditions.

  • Heavy Rains: Rainstorms are common in Ontario. Improper drainage or inadequate waterproofing measures can result in water penetration, leading to leaks and water damage within the house. It can also lead to mould or mildew growth, as well as rotting wood due to prolonged exposure to moisture from heavy rain that can cause wooden shingles to rot.
  • Algae growth: Algae growth can damage roofs with shingles by feeding on the asphalt’s limestone over time. This weakens the roof’s structure and may lead to shingle detachment. Algae damage can also reduce the roof’s ability to reflect sunlight, resulting in increased heat radiating into the home. Others are holes or gaps in roofing materials or lingering moisture seeping into the roof’s layers which can also lead to mould growth.
  • Windstorms: Strong wind is common in Ontario, especially in Southern regions like Niagara, Hamilton, Burlington, Ottawa, etc. Strong winds and high winds can damage or even entirely cause shingles to loosen up or fall.

Benefits of Polycarbonate Corrugated Roofing Sheets for Weatherproof Roofing

If you are wondering why polycarbonate corrugated roofing sheets are taking the construction world by storm, it is because of these advantages:

High impact resistance and durability

Ever wondered why polycarbonate roofing sheets are used to construct bulletproof police shields? This should tell you that they are strong and can handle various weather conditions, making them the ideal roofing choice.

Excellent resistance to UV radiation and discolouration

Polycarbonate roofing sheet offers 100% protection against UV radiation without significant degradation or discolouration, ensuring it retains its clarity and aesthetic appeal over time. Its UV resistance properties are why it is commonly used in building awnings (which can serve as both shade providers on sunny days and provide protection from rain during storms).

Superior water resistance and protection against leaks

One thing you need to know about polycarbonate roofing sheets is that it is a type of plastic. This means heavy rainfall, which is common in Ontario, has got nothing on it. The same cannot be said about other types of roofing. Though metal roofing is coated to prevent it from rusting, water deteriorates its quality over time.

Energy-efficient properties and light transmission capabilities

Polycarbonate is a highly energy-efficient building material that helps maintain a comfortable indoor temperature year-round. Its excellent thermal insulation properties prevent heat from escaping, reducing the need for excessive heating and air conditioning.

Applications of Polycarbonate Corrugated Roofing Sheets in Roofing

  • Residential roofing solutions in Ontario: Polycarbonate corrugated roofing sheets have greater resistance against hail and extreme weather conditions compared to other roofing materials, making them suitable for houses.
  • Commercial and industrial roofing applications: Due to its resilient nature, polycarbonate is also popularly used in industrial roofing such as warehouses, shopping malls, retail centers, sports stadiums, etc. Contractors prefer light materials like polycarbonate as they are easy to work with and will not add to the structural load on the building.
  • Greenhouse and agricultural structures: The primary purpose of a greenhouse is to extend the growing season by creating a warm environment for year-round cultivation. Polycarbonate is ideal for greenhouses as it protects them from harmful UV rays while allowing warmth and sunlight to enter. Polycarbonate has a light transmission of up to 90% and diffuses light throughout the greenhouse, promoting balanced growth and faster and healthier plant development.
  • Canopies, pergolas, and outdoor shelter solutions: Polycarbonate is commonly used for gazebos, canopies, pergolas, and outdoor shelters especially because of its impact resistance and transparency, which gives them an aesthetically pleasing look.

Installation Tips for Polycarbonate Corrugated Roofing Sheets

  • Before anything, you must choose the right sheet for your project
  • Have all necessary tools and components ready before you begin
  • Check to see if the structure is solid and secure to support the polycarbonate roof
  • Attach a glazing bar between each sheet, you don’t want any gaps between those sheets

Maintenance Considerations for Polycarbonate Corrugated Sheets

Learn how to maintain your polycarbonate sheets by following these steps:

  • Do not walk on polycarbonate sheets; use extension poles for easy access
  • Before using any cleaning solution, check if it is compatible with polycarbonate because some are not
  • Clean with a soft sponge or cloth and lukewarm water
  • Rinse with cold water when you finish

Contact Canada Plastics and Belting Inc. for Corrugated Roofing Sheets

Polycarbonate corrugated roofing sheets are the perfect solution for weatherproofing residential, industrial, and outdoor shelter roofing in Ontario. The lightweight, impact resistance, transparency, and UV-resistant properties make it the preferred roofing material in places with extreme weather conditions like Ontario.

Work with an expert to get the right polycarbonate for your roofing project. Canada Plastics and Belting Inc. is the right company to partner with for weatherproof polycarbonate roofing sheets for your roofing or roof replacement in Ontario. Contact us today!

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