Has anybody used this material to build a greenhouse or passive solar
collector. I am not familiar with the material. How easy is it to work
with? Are there any places like Home depot or Lowes that might carry it or
do you have to order over the Internet. How clear is it and would it be OK
to use in front of a window?
It would be a good greenhouse, I don't know about solar collector though,
but I'd guess yes.
As for clarity, it is used as window glazing in place of glass. It is used
for windows on airplanes. It will be available at many sources from window
shops, hardware stores, plastic sheet suppliers. Lexan is a brand of
I've used it to make ports and hatches for my boat. also made some
front bumpers for AGV's for the plant I ran. it works fairly easily
with common woodworking tools. I bought mine from a plastics
wholesaler by the full sheet. You can get it in various thicknesses
and clear to various tints.
We just had our little deck covered with it. It is clear. Birds
won't land on ours, I think because they can not see the bottom. It
is very nice.
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Rich is right on. There *are* ploycarbonate sheets with UV filtering
coatings. This must face outside to protect the sheet. Polycarbonate has a
soft surface and will scratch easy. This may be a concern if clarity is an
Why not use acrylic? While polycarbonate is the toughest, acrylic still has
many times the impact strength of glass, it is much lower cost and it won't
haze over in the sunlight. While it scratches easier than glass it is less
suseptable to hazing due to fine surface scratches than polycarbonate.
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