Roofing Made Easy: 3 Tips for Cleaning Polycarbonate Roofing

Posted on: 1 June 2015


Polycarbonate roofing, made from a thermoplastic material, is becoming an increasingly popular option, as it possesses superb mechanical, thermal and optical features. The installation is quick and easy, and the roofing is extremely durable, as it has an impact resistance that is 200 times higher than the impact resistance of glass. Although it is superior in many ways, polycarbonate roofing requires more caution when being washed. Here are three tips to follow.

Avoid Stiff Brushes & Abrasives

Polycarbonate roofing possesses a topcoat layer that protects the underlying polycarbonate material from ultraviolet radiation and increases its resistance to environmental and elemental conditions. When washing polycarbonate roofs, most experts recommend being as gentle as possible in order to avoid scratching off this layer of topcoat by avoiding stiff brushes and abrasives. Instead, opt for soft cloths and sponges.

Prevent Unwanted Chemical Reactions with Soap Powder and Warm Water

Many layers of various coating containing different metals and chemicals are applied overtop polycarbonate roofing to protection them against ultraviolet radiation. The additional coating also enhances the structural strength and integrity of the roofing, improves its overall durability, enhances its appearances through the addition of colours and textures, and more.

Unfortunately, harsh chemicals commonly found in many detergents and cleaning products easily react with the chemicals in these additional layers of coating and either render the additional layers of coating useless or degrade their chemical properties completely.

Take extra precaution to avoid using chemical cleaners that contain petroleum or possess an alkaline composition. Simply use soap powder mixed with warm water to get rid of any dirt on the surfaces. You want to spray the soap powder and warm water mixture onto the roofs and let it sit for a while before rinsing the cleaning agent off with clean water. Repeat as deemed necessary.

Make sure that you put an effort into drying the roofs with a soft cloth as much as possible after you have washed it.

Choose the Right Day

Washing the polycarbonate roofs make them more vulnerable to environmental and elemental conditions. Make sure that you choose the right day for washing the polycarbonate roofs. In particular, avoid extremely hot or sunny days and opt for weather that is clear and cool for the best results and to prevent causing any damage.

Although polycarbonate roofing is a great option thanks to its beneficial properties, the top layers applied to the surface of the roofing can be easily damaged if you're not gentle. If you're worried about whether you'll do a good job, hire a professional like KFC Roofing Supplies Pty Ltd to avoid causing any damage. A professional will also have the necessary safety equipment to prevent falls.