SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business today announced its new patent-pending Lexapanel polycarbonate (PC) sheet standing seam technology to give architects and builders exceptional flexibility to create sustainable and beautiful translucent roofing and other glazing elements. Lexapanel sheet was developed in collaboration with AmeriLux International, LLC, an authorized North American distributor of SABIC’s Lexan Thermoclear and Thermoclick sheet products.
Compared with other standing seam solutions, the new offering provides customers in North America and Europe with far more glazing options, including choice of width, thickness, coating, color, structure and type of connection. Further, Lexapanel sheet delivers the strength, weatherability, clarity and thermal insulation of SABIC’s renowned Lexan PC multiwall sheet. This joint, high-performance solution demonstrates SABIC’s commitment in developing sustainable solutions that promote energy conservation while providing customer focused day-lighting solutions to improve working and living environments.
“Lexapanel sheet is a major innovation that addresses many different building and construction challenges – including cost and design freedom – with one versatile concept,” said Jack Govers, general manager, Specialty Film & Sheet, Innovative Plastics. “Our collaboration with AmeriLux will benefit architects, builders and integrators by simplifying the use of standing seam designs and encouraging integration of transparent glazing and roofing elements that admit natural light, reduce heating and cooling demands for greater energy efficiency, and add style to any building.”
“Our work with SABIC has enabled AmeriLux to offer the market a totally new polycarbonate solution that expands glazing choices,” said Kurt Voss, chief executive officer, AmeriLux International, LLC. “We have developed a unique concept that adapts to the building design instead of forcing the architect or builder to work around a one-size-fits-all product. AmeriLux is proud to offer our customers the outstanding performance of Lexan multiwall sheet in a new system that promises to change the way translucent roofing and walls are designed and installed, thereby making it easier to incorporate natural light into building solutions.”
The Lexapanel sheet standing seam system joins Lexan multiwall sheet panels of virtually any length and width with a choice of connectors, including U-shaped, tongue and groove and custom configurations. Customers can specify the structure, thickness and color of the Lexan sheet, as well as the coating they require, including unique enhanced ultraviolet (UV) resistant coating. SABIC supplies the Lexan multiwall sheet products and profiles and AmeriLux is responsible for product conversion, assembly and distribution.
In addition to roofing, Lexapanel sheet standing seam systems can be used for many other types of glazing applications, such as walkways, canopies, skylights, and shelters.
Translucent Lexan multiwall PC glazing delivers many benefits to customers and end users. Environmentally, this solution offers excellent thermal insulation that may reduce energy used for heating and cooling, and permits natural light to reduce the need for artificial illumination. Its light weight contributes to reduced fuel use and emissions in shipping. The material is durable, impact-resistant and strong to ensure safety, and complies with CC1 (ASTM D635) and Class A (ASTM E-84) smoke and fire ratings. Both sides of Lexan sheet are treated with proprietary UV protection against outdoor weathering.
Accelerated 4,000-hour weathering tests (DIN53387 / ASTM G26) performed by SABIC, show Lexan sheet’s excellent ability to maintain color, light transmission and impact strength in up to 15 years of outdoor exposure in moderate climate conditions. Available in a broad range of other colors, Lexan sheet also provides a variety of specialty coatings. All connection systems are tested for mechanical properties, weathering stability and water/air penetration.
The Lexapanel sheet system may also reduce system costs through simplified installation thanks to the snap-on connection and elimination of aluminum connectors, reducing installation time and cost and increasing the total light coming through the roof.