Georgian Wired Polycarbonate

Georgian Wired Polycarbonate (Twinfix GW Polycarbonate®) is a solid polycarbonate sheet from Twinfix that mimics the appearance of Georgian wired glass.

Usually 6mm thick and with a dimpled surface, our Georgian wired polycarbonate is safe to install, virtually unbreakable and has all the benefits of polycarbonate, but looks just like Georgian wired glass making it the perfect alternative and ideal for refurbishment projects. Georgian wired polycarbonate is especially good for listed buildings and heritage sites in particular, where a sympathetic refurbishment is required but modern day standards of health and safety are needed.

Key Advantages

  • Impact Resistance: Due to the virtually unbreakable characteristics of polycarbonate there will be no danger of our Georgian wired effect polycarbonate breaking, unlike glass. It's impact resistance means that during transit, installation or in situ there is no risk of it cracking, leaking, or breaking and causing glass fragments or debris to fall onto people below. Georgian wired polycarbonate also makes a significant contribution to compliance with working at height regulations when fitted within our Multi-Link-Panel NF system.
  • Weight: 6mm Georgian wired polycarbonate sheet weighs just 7.2kg/m², substantially less than the glass alternative - 7.5mm laminated glass weighs 15kg/m². It can therefore offer a safer long-term solution for the building due to reducing the strain imposed on the existing structural steelwork.
  • Durability/Sustainability: Georgian wired polycarbonate is virtually unbreakable and therefore no costly replacement of glazing is required in future, contributing to a lower whole life cost of the roof. It will withstand natural forces like severe wind, hail, and snow storms as well as building movements caused by such weather, or forces created by external factors such as trains moving underneath.
  • Access Panels: Access panels can be easily fitted into our Georgian wired effect polycarbonate Multi-Link system, unlike in a glass roof, where not only would this be difficult but removing a panel of glass to gain maintenance access would proof challenging and dangerous to those trying to do it.
  • Environment: Georgian wired polycarbonate is light in weight, therefore beneficial to the environment due to less energy being used it its manufacture, transportation and installation. In addition it can be recycled at the end of its long life span.
  • Temperature resistance and fire performance: Georgian wired polycarbonate retains its properties at both high and low temperatures, +100°C to -40°C. This helps to eliminate the maintenance costs involved in replacing broken glazing. Georgian wired polycarbonate achieves a Class 1y classification when tested to BS 476: Part 7

Our product can suit a wide range of applications from railway glazing, station shelters, depots, swimming pools, food factories and many more.

We offer cut to size sheet and it is also available glazed into our Non-Fragile Multi-Link-Panel system which achieves a Class B when tested to ACR[M]001:2014.

Please note GW polycarbonate does not have a 30 minute fire rating and should not be used in any applications that need a 30 minute rating. GW polycarbonate should not be used in fire doors.

Help & Advice

If you have a project in mind or would like help or advice on any of our products or services, please either ring us on 01925 811311, email us at enquiries@twinfix.co.uk or get in touch via the enquiry form on our Contact Us page.

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Related Downloads

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Twinfix GW Polycarbonate Brochure.pdf  Twinfix GW Polycarbonate Brochure.pdfPDF653 KB16/05/2017
Twinfix GW Polycarbonate Datasheet.pdf  Twinfix GW Polycarbonate Datasheet.pdfPDF1013 KB24/10/2016

Specifications

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Georgian Wired Polycarbonate.pdf  Georgian Wired Polycarbonate.pdfPDF497 KB17/02/2016

Related FAQs

1. What is the minimum pitch for a polycarbonate roof?
Never install polycarbonate flat. Our standard glazing systems require a minimum pitch of 5° to ensure water can run off the roof and to eliminate ‘puddling’. Our Multi-Link-Panel modular system should be installed with a minimum 10° pitch. Contact us if you require clarification.
2. Can you walk on polycarbonate sheet?
Polycarbonate has been tested against UK wind and snow loads and we can supply you with recommended glazing centres for each thickness of polycarbonate. However you should never walk directly on polycarbonate sheet. A crawling board or similar should be placed across at least two structural supports of the roof. We can manufacture aluminium framed polycarbonate panels which have been tested for non-fragility to ACR(M)001:2014 – this does not mean you can walk on the polycarbonate but gives added resistance to accidental falls.
3. How do you clean polycarbonate sheet?
Gently wash the sheet with a solution of mild soap and lukewarm water, using a soft, grit free cloth or sponge to loosen any dirt or grime. Rinse over with clean water to remove any residue. NEVER use a proprietary glass cleaner.
4. What is the fire performance of polycarbonate?
Polycarbonate has good fire behaviour characteristics and receives high ratings in several major European fire performance tests including EN13501. Always check with the Twinfix sales office for current classification, at the time of writing most variants achieve a class1Y when tested against BS476 part 7 surface spread of flame.
5. How does UV affect polycarbonate?
Solar radiation has a particularly harmful effect upon materials that are not protected. Many variants of multiwall polycarbonate have a unique proprietary UV-protected surface on one or both sides, giving excellent resistance to outdoor weathering. This unique protection ensures long-term optical quality under intensive UV exposure.
6. Polycarbonate is virtually unbreakable, so isn't polycarbonate glazing non-fragile?
No, in many canopies that use multi-wall or solid polycarbonate glazing, the glazing is simply clamped into a glazing bar system that just holds these sheets in place. Whilst the sheet itself might not break, a falling object, (and in some cases even a strong wind), can flex the sheet and force it out from between the glazing bars. If someone were to trip on such a roof, they could fall through, endangering themselves and anyone underneath. Remember..... just because it doesn't break doesn't make it non-fragile.