Plastic panels for the roof

Traditional roofing usually consists of stone products such as roof tiles. But all kinds of plastic plates are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to conventional covers. The days when plastic panels were only found on secondary roofing such as the patio roof or the carport have long been a thing of the past. Following you will get an overview of plastic panels for the roof.

Plastics have developed positively

For plastic roof panels, most readers are most likely to think of plastic corrugated roofs or polycarbonate or PMMA cellular sheets. Modern manufacturing processes have drastically changed the properties and appearance of plastic building materials. In particular, the technical properties sometimes even offer significant advantages over traditional roofing.

Various designs for roof panels made of plastic

But first of all an overview of different plastic panels that are suitable for laying on the roof:

  • Beaver and roof tile (roof tile optics) made of plastic (including fiberglass)
  • Trapezoidal plastic roof panels
  • Corrugated plastic roof panels
  • simple, translucent polycarbonate and PMMA
  • Hollow chamber plates (also called web plates or double web plates)

Biber plates and roof tiles made of plastic

First of all, beaver and roof tiles made of plastic have the advantage that the material is significantly lighter than conventional roof tiles made of real bricks. As a result, suddenly roof structures and roof structures are possible, which are unattainable for a traditional tiled roof alone for static reasons.

In addition, modern plastic roof tiles are even more durable than conventional roof tiles, if you rely on high-quality material. These attractive plastic panels for the roof are rounded off by a price-performance ratio that ordinary bricks can not match. Visually, the layman sees almost no difference to ordinary roof tiles.

Plastic corrugated roof panels

Corrugated plastic roofs are among the more inferior building materials. They are often used for the following constructions and buildings:

  • carports
  • Terrace and balcony roofing
  • garages
  • garden shed
  • separately built storage rooms and the like

Optically plastic corrugated roof panels are usually rather less appealing, which is why the use is really launched only where it is visually rather secondary and the practical purpose is above all other requirements. But these plastic panels for the roof are also very cheap.

Plastic trapezoidal panels

Similarly, it is also trapezoidal roof panels made of plastic, although the look is a little more appealing. They look like tin roofs with upstanding folds at regular intervals. Even when using plastic trapezoidal roof panels, it is primarily about the price advantage over metal roofing. Thus, these plastic roof panels are also used rather on carports and poorly visible terraces and balconies as a canopy.

Acrylic and polycarbonate plates

Even simple plates made of PMMA or polycarbonate are more of a practical purpose than an optical stimulus. It is in particular the light transmittance that makes these plastic plates interesting as, for example, acrylic glass.

Hollow chamber or web plates

For this purpose, hollow-panel panels made of the same plastics (polymethyl methacrylate and polycarbonate) have enormous popularity. It is in principle a double plastic plate. Both plates are connected by webs of the same material, so to speak, "in one piece". Since these are translucent panels, some people are bothered by the look, while others like these panels very well.

But it is above all the properties that make these plates so popular. They not only combine the typical advantages of acrylic glass, but due to the special construction, they also have additional advantages:

  • high impact resistance
  • weatherproof
  • best fire protection properties with polycarbonate plastic panels (flame retardant, B1)
  • according to requirements good fire protection properties with acrylic (normal flammable, B1, but not dripping and no dangerous flue gas development)
  • high light transmission
  • UV light penetration can be adjusted
  • Heat penetration can be adjusted
  • significantly lighter construction compared to glass possible
  • high thermal insulation values
  • good sound insulation
Possible applications

As a result, these plastic panels for the roof qualify for a wide variety of construction projects:

  • sophisticated terrace and balcony roofing
  • Cold and warm conservatories
  • Greenhouses
  • Garages and carports
  • Garden sheds and arbors
Web plates versus glass

For example, see "Double-wall sheets for the greenhouse" to see how the two plastic sheets beat each other in comparison to glass. It can be stated that these plastic panels are not necessarily ranked for financial reasons in front of the glass construction - on the contrary. Compared to glass, depending on whether it is polycarbonate or acrylic, there are advantages that glass does not have at all and can not match.

Requirements for roof structures for these plastic panels

The removal of multi-wall sheets is relatively easy. For this purpose, certain demands are placed on the roof substructure. These can be read under "".

Tips & Tricks

If you opt for plastic panels on your roof, you should always resort to established branded products. They are a bit more expensive, but you have a much longer enjoy it. The guarantees are also broader and, moreover, easier to enforce, should you ever have something to complain about


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