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What Could Affect Polycarbonate Roofing Prices?

Nov 6th 2015 at 2:35 AM

Whether you’re planning to add an alfresco dining area to your home or on re-roofing the existing space, you may have come across polycarbonate during your search and be considering its use. One of the many claims that are made about this material is that it is quite expensive. Whilst this can certainly be true, it is important to note that a number of factors can affect polycarbonate roofing prices – sometimes they are quite high, others quite low.

Availability
One of the main factors that can affect the price of polycarbonate is its availability – if there are a lot of panels currently available, it is likely that you will be able to pick some up for a discount; if there aren’t many panels available at all, it’s likely that you’ll be charged through the nose. The tradition of supply and demand certainly applies here, particularly as there are only so many ways to get your hands on it.

Thickness
Another factor that can affect the price of this roofing is its thickness – panels that are quite thick are likely to be more expensive than those that are quite thin. At the end of the day, it is important to remember that you are paying for the material – when the thickness of the panel has changed, you cannot expect to pay the same price. If the thickness doesn’t differ all that much, however, the cost will be similar.

Treatments
Another factor that can affect polycarbonate roofing prices is the type of treatments it has received. This material can be treated for the addition of a variety of properties, including: light transmission, solar transmission, heat resistance, weatherability, ultraviolet light resistance, and corrosion resistance. The higher the number of treatments, the more you can expect to pay for the panels (and vice versa).

Colour
In some cases, you will find that the colour of the roofing can also have an affect on its price. Some colours are more popular and are, therefore, more expensive. Colours that are less popular are often offered on discount just to get the panels out of the store. Keep in mind that the popular colours can change depending on the time of year, current trends and even where you live, so it’s not set in stone.

Supplier
The final factor that we wish to discuss here is your chosen polycarbonate supplier. Some will charge quite high prices, particularly if they are the only supplier in the area or if they know that people will pay it. Others will charge much lower costs, often making hardly any profit. It can be difficult to determine what sort of supplier you are working with, but getting an idea of their character should help.

We hope that the information provided in this article has given you a better understanding of what can affect polycarbonate roofing prices and why. If you have decided that you would like to use polycarbonate for your outdoor roofing project, it is important that you are aware of all these factors prior to placing an order. If you believe that you are being overcharged, we recommend speaking with your chosen supplier to see what they can do.

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