Plastic in Buildings, Skylights & Archways
Plastic is a versatile material that can be designed to withstand great stress, as well as provide an aesthetically appealing environment. Polycarbonate panels have a high impact strength and have been known to withstand hurricane force winds when applied to outdoor displays or building structures such as skylights or archways. Polygal, Lexan, and Acrylic are the most popular chioces when applying plastic to architectural projects.
The lightweight panels minimize the structural support needed by the building and its transparency allows for more natural light and when using thicker guages can provide greater insulation value.
Another benefit of plastics in architecture is offering the green advantage and LEED points for being a recyclable.