Transparent roofing sheets are made from various materials, such as polycarbonate, danpalon, plastic, and fibreglass. While each of these materials has its pros and cons, fibreglass is the best in terms of durability and versatility, as it has a number of advantages over other materials when used for roofing or “siding”.
In this post, we’d be looking at the current prices of transparent (fibreglass) roofing sheets in South Africa. We will discuss some of the advantages of fibreglass roofing sheets, also known as FRP (fibre-reinforced polymer) or GRP (glass-reinforced plastic) roofing sheets over other types of transparent roofing materials. And most importantly, we will direct you on how to get high-quality fibreglass roofing sheets in South Africa at the best prices obtainable. Read on to learn more.
Prices of Transparent Roofing Sheets in South Africa (Fibreglass)
- 1mm thickness (plain) == ZAR$186 per metre
- 1mm thickness (coloured) == ZAR$189 per metre
- 2mm thickness (plain) == ZAR$241 per metre
- 2mm thickness (coloured) == ZAR$245 per metre
- 3mm thickness (plain) == ZAR$426 per metre
- 3mm thickness (coloured) == ZAR$430 per metre
- 4mm thickness (plain) == ZAR$482 per metre
- 4mm thickness (coloured) == ZAR$485 per metre
The prices of fibreglass transparent roofing sheets in South Africa vary and are determined by the thickness (stated in mm), the color (plain or coloured), the pattern or design, and the quality. Other secondary factors, such as cost of transport and delivery logistics are also factored in to the final quote you’d get from your supplier.
Uses of Transparent Roofing Sheets
Transparent roofing sheets are used for roofing buildings and structures in which a lot of natural light is required.
They are also used for skylights, which allow daylight into a section of a building or structure.
They are also used for decorative purposes, as they enhance the beauty of roofs they are used for.
What Exactly is Fibreglass?
Fibreglass or glass fibre, also known as fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) is the material used in the production of fibreglass transparent roofing sheets. This material comprises composite polymer plastics that have been reinforced with various fibres to enhance its strength, elasticity, and weatherproof-ness.
Polymers commonly used in fibreglass production include vinyl ester, epoxy, and phenol-formaldehyde resins, among others. The fibres used include glass, carbon, aramid, and so on.
Aside from roofing sheets, fibreglass is also used in the reinforcement of aircraft, boats, bathtubs, casts, surfboards, external door skins, septic tanks, water tanks, pipes, cladding, and many more.
Advantages of Fibreglass Transparent Roofing Sheets
As stated earlier, transparent roofing sheets are made of different materials. These include polycarbonate, plastic, danpalon, and fibreglass. While each of these materials has its pros and cons, fibreglass trumps the others in a number of ways.
Lightweight: Regardless of its thickness, fibreglass is generally lightweight (the thicker designs are slightly heavier, though). This makes for much easier transportation and handling. And this explains why it is also used in aircraft, boats, bulletproof vests, and other applications where added weight is a disadvantage.
Durability: Fibreglass is strong and less brittle than other materials used for transparent roofing sheets. It can be easily bent into various shapes and can easily assume its original shape when released. More interestingly, fibreglass roofing can last as long as 30 years — even in the face of the harshest weather conditions.
UV Resistance: Unlike polycarbonate and danpalon, fibreglass does not fade when exposed to ultraviolet light. More importantly, it doesn’t allow for penetration by ultra-violet rays from the sun. This is why it is widely favoured for skylights and other applications where daylight is required.
Tensile Strength: Despite being made from non-steel materials, fibreglass has created specific resistance than steel. This, in addition to being an excellent electrical insulator and being rust-proof, makes it a better alternative to steel in a number of applications.