This page provides the basic information on the installation of SolarFlat®. Please read and follow the installation’s instruction carefully before starting.
CAUTION: misplacing the UV side will void the warranty of the sheet
SolarFlat Polycarbonate sheet can be cut using saws, handsaws or jigsaws. The sheet should be clamped to a support before cutting to avoid vibration and chattering. Commence cutting with saw blade in motion, use low speed on power tools for controlled cutting and so that the material does not overheat and melt.
Leave the masking on to prevent scratching. Always wear protective goggles when cutting the sheet.
Use triple chip circular saw blades with carbide teeth. Band saws should have 5 teeth/cm and should be used to trim the sheet or to cut irregular shapes.
Flat Glazing Installation
Similar to the glass, SolarFlat can be installed in any type of frames, steel, aluminum, wood, etc.
When installing SolarFlat in a frame, please ensure to allow space for thermal expansion to prevent the sheet from bowing.
Max Span Recommendation for Flat Glazing Installation
Glazing frames can appear in any form, generally rectangular. It is important to pay attention on the ratio between the width (a) and the length (b), as this determines the ability of the glazing to take the load or pressure against it. The best is to use four clampings, with the length of the bars are equal to the widths. This way, the bars bear the same amount of load.
Designs with three or two sides clampings will require thicker SolarFlat or alternatively span reduction.
Please ensure that the sheet deflection doesn’t exceed 50mm.
Four Sides Clamped
Two Sides Clamped
Min Radius Recommendation for Curved Installation
SolarFlat can be cold bent or thermoformed for curved glazing application. The recommended minimum radius for cold bending is 100 X the thickness of the sheet. Exceeding this recommendation will add undue stress to the sheet.
Polycarbonate is not a mar resistant material (Rockwell ASTM – D790 M70) and care must be taken not to scratch the surface. Always clean the sheet by washing with warm soap and water using a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse well with cold water.
Do not use abrasive solvents and cleaners. Refer to the Chemical Resistance Chart for recommendations.