Polycarbonate
glazing

Polycarbonate Glazing

CIPI, s.r.o. performs both system and non-system glazing of facades or polycarbonate vertical glazing which is used mostly for industrial buildings and civil engineering. It is a light glazing with the possibility of integrating different systems of natural and forced ventilation.

Polycarbonate glazing is divided into

Glazing of flat structures, these are mostly horizontal structures or even mildly sloped structures. For fixing, it is necessary to make a supporting and anchoring grate of steel structure or of wood that must be statically analyzed as a separate supporting structure, and we also have to review the glazing material mainly in terms of snow load SL and wind load WL.

This type of glazing is mainly used for:

  • sheds,
  • pergolas,
  • marquises,
  • roofings of loading platforms,
  • connecting necks, etc..

Glazing of arched structures, these are various types of structures, possibly even with larger slope. It is necessary to create a supporting arched structure of steel or aluminium sections that have to create a raster to fix polycarbonate. The advantage of this structure over the flat structure is a better static moment characteristics resulting in a lower total weight of the supporting structure, which means cost saving in practice. In recent years, this type of structure has been given enough priority in terms of price and architecture. Structural analyzes for snow load and wind load (SL and WL) is a must not only for the supporting structure but also for polycarbonate glazing.

This type of glazing is mostly used for:

  • roof skylights,
  • football stadium platform glazing,
  • glazing of building entrances,
  • roofing of loading platforms,
  • bus stops,
  • roofing of petrol stations,
  • roofing of shopping centres parking areas, etc..

CIPI, s.r.o. performs both system and non-system glazing of facades or polycarbonate vertical glazing which is used mostly for industrial buildings and civil engineering. It is a light glazing with the possibility of integrating different systems of natural and forced ventilation.

It is used not only in newly assembled industrial halls but especially in reconstructions of old industrial buildings, where the walls are glazed with wire-glass, which is often beyond their life limit.

The use of polycarbonate glazing of facades is appropriate wherever glass materials can be damaged due to shocks and vibrations, or to illuminate structures that are unable to withstand the high weight of the glass material.

CIPI s.r.o. performs 2 kinds of polycarbonate glazing of facades

Non-system glazing:

Our company has got a lot of experience of glazing existing facades, originally glazed with glass or wire-glass. To optimize the cost of glazing, in the case of non-system glazing, an existing steel structure with an existing raster is used as an anchor to which we attach polycarbonate plates using the press brackets. With this system, we can use a wide range of polycarbonate plates from 10mm to 32mm thick. For these thicknesses, we supply aluminum accessories with rubber sealing, namely U-sections, U-sill sections, pressing bars, etc. We deliver and install this glazing for new buildings in industry and especially for glazing shed skylights.

System glazing:

Especially suitable for new buildings using systems AKYVER Panel® and RODECA Panel. These systems enable a simple and quick installation and also offer a wide range of glazing options and fitting of system aluminum windows that are opened manually or by an electric motor. Certified profiles with interrupted thermal bridge combined with system glazing allow us to achieve excellent thermal insulation properties of glazing.

The advantages of polycarbonate glazing:

  • Low weight
  • Simple and low time consumption of implementation
  • UV-protection co-extruded directly into the material
  • Excellent thermal insulation properties from 2,40 up to 0,71 W/m2K
  • Variable thickness of glazing from 10mm to 60mm
  • Special types of polycarbonate for solutions which should meet specific requirements
  • Excellent impact strength
  • Polycarbonate will not splinter or break like common glass
  • Warranty up to 10 years

Glazing of facades or vertical glazing is used mostly for industrial buildings and civil engineering. We use system glazing and non-system glazing for this type of glazing. The difference between these two types is that the system glazing is used for new buildings and the non-system glazing is used for 90% of existing buildings as a replacement of the existing glazing. We offer, deliver , and install ventilation parts with electric or mechanic ventilation for both systems of facade glazing.


The advantages of polycarbonate glazing:

The advantage of both types of glazing over typical glazing with glass or vacuum glass is price, and that polycarbonate is unbreakable, and we are able to deliver various shades of glazing with minimum extra charges.

System glazing:

Our company delivers and installs two types on the market, as follows: AKYVER Panel® and RODECA Panel®. Both systems function on a similar principle , i.e. clips system when two polycarbonate panels are connected side by side by means of tongue and groove . The system is very simple and fast for installation. The installation needs to have only an opening which is bordered from inside or from outside of the opening by means of supporting U-sections to insert polycarbonate panel. Panels are 600 or 500 mm wide in a length of max. up to 12 m provided that possible reinforcing against wind load (WL) is made with anchoring elements that are inserted into tongue and groove , and they are connected by means of horizontal stiffeners fixed in the supporting columns of the building. Both systems have static tables to calculate necessity of anchors and of additional reinforcement by means of horizontal supports from inside.

Example: A panel 2 m high does not need any additional anchoring up to 20 m height of the installation. We deliver the panels of a thickness of 40-50 mm with heat transfer coefficient U from 1,7 to 0,8Wm2k.

In case ventilation in facade is required we also deliver and install ventilation system parts controlled with electric drive.


Non-system glazing:

Our company has got a lot of experience of glazing existing facades, originally glazed with glass or wire-glass. For this type of glazing there is an obvious difference in the heat transfer coefficient U, U = 7,0 Wm2k for wire-glass and glass, and for polycarbonate e.g. AKYVER thickness 20/7 U= 1,55Wm2k . For this type of glazing, we use an existing steel construction with existing raster as anchoring base on which polycarbonate plates are fixed by means of pressing bars. A wide range of polycarbonate plates of a thickness from 10 mm up to 25 mm may be used for this system. For such thickness, we deliver aluminium accessories with rubber sealing, namely U-sections, U-sill sections, pressing bars, etc. We deliver and install this glazing also for new buildings in industry especially for glazing shed skylights.

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