Solasafe - Corrugated Polycarbonate Roofing & Skylights

Enjoy the freedom of outdoor living safe from UV danger
Solasafe polycarbonate sheeting provides 99.9% protection from harmful UV rays that cause sunburn and skin damage. Outdoor family and children’s play areas are part of the New Zealand lifestyle, and adding an outdoor living area to your home can enhance your family life and add value to your property. Selecting the best roofing solution is the first step to ensure you get the maximum benefit from your investment.

Solasafe is often referred to in a number of other ways such as Corrugated Polycarbonate roofing, sky lights and sky lighting; Solasafe clear sky lights, Polycarbonate sheeting and plastic sky lights; Tinted sky lighting, sky lights; Clear Polycarbonate sheets, sheeting; Tinted  Polycarbonate sheeting, sheets.

Strong and lightweight

Solasafe sheeting is manufactured from polycarbonate an advanced polymer with optical and physical properties that can’t be matched by other materials. With impact strength up to 150 times that of tempered glass normal hail won’t cause damage. Solasafe polycarbonate is easy to handle and install. Sheets can be curved, so you can create a great look. Solasafe is stable at temperatures of -40° to +110°. It does not distort or soften in heat but it is advisable to store under cover prior to installation.

Peace of mind Life time warranty
Solasafe polycarbonate sheeting is warranted by Ampelite to give long service under normal usage. Protection against excessive yellowing of the sheet (as detailed in Warranty) is for lifetime from date of purchase. Damage from heavy hail up to 25mm in diameter in high winds is covered for ten years.
Please download a copy of our Solasafe brochure for the warranty details

Planning
Solasafe is available in range colours and profiles to suit your home and surroundings. Clear sheets transmit some 90% of glorious daylight. See the ‘light’ and ‘heat’ transmission tables for the percentage applicable to the various colours. In cooler climates clear sheeting allows good heat transmission while in hot climates tinted sheets provide a reduction in transmitted heat as well as reduced glare. Often tinted sheets are used to blend in with existing colour schemes or other roofing. If new sheeting is to be used with existing polycarbonates please check your colour prior to installation as some minor variation may occur.

Before you order materials and commence building, please check the spanning table below will give you the maximum distance between battens and purlins. The sheets length and sheet coverage table will help you calculate how many sheets you require.

Sheeting Information

SHEET LENGTHS

PROFILE

COLOURS

LENGTHS (m)

COVER

Greca and 5 Rib-Clear, Bronze, Grey, Opal

Corrugated-Clear, Bronze, Grey, Dark Grey and Opal

1.8, 2.1, 2.4, 2.7, 3.0, 3.6, 4.2, 4.8. 5.4 & 6.0

760mm

SPANNING CAPACITY (BETWEEN PURLINS)

 MAX SPAN

 CORRUGATED & GRECA

900mm
 

 5 Rib

1000mm

The span between battens and supporters should not exceed the above measurements and have a minimum fall of 5 degrees for Corrugated and Greca and 3 degrees for 5 Rib.

SHEET COVERAGE TABLE – CORRUGATED GRECA & 5 RIB

1 SHEET

2 SHEETS

SHEETS

SHEETS

5 SHEETS

810mm

1570mm

2330mm

3090mm

 3850mm

LIGHT & HEAT TRANSMISSION CORRUGATED GRECA & 5 RIB

COLOUR

LIGHT TRANSMISSION

HEAT TRANSMISSION

Clear

 91%

 82.5%

Bronze

 36%

 60.6%

Grey

 26%

 50%

Opal

 55%

 35.2%

Dark Grey

 17%

 38.9%

Please Note - Greca & 5 Rib are not available in Dark Grey

Solasafe polycarbonate sheeting provides 99.9% protection from harmful UV rays 

Solasafe polycarbonate sheeting provides 99.9% protection from harmful UV rays 

Solasafe polycarbonate sheeting provides 99.9% protection from harmful UV rays

Correct installation is important

Solasafe is fixed and flashed on similar principles as steel roofing. Minimum fall is 5 degrees. Start by fixing the first sheet at the end farthermost from the usual wind direction. If end laps are necessary, start at the bottom corner.

Solasafe is UV protected on one side only. Please read the label on the sheet prior to installation and check each sheet label thoroughly to ensure that the UV protected surface faces the correct way. Sheets incorrectly installed will not withstand the weathering, and discolouration will result.

When used vertically, face the protected side of the sheet in the direction of the most intensive sunlight or exposure to weather.

If sealing is required at side or end laps, use Ampelite lap-seal tape. Incompatible sealants weaken the sheeting and void the warranty.

Allowance needs to be made when drilling screw holes so that the sheet can move freely as it expands and contracts. Screw holes must have a minimum diameter of 10mm for sheet lengths up to 4.2m. Lengths over 4.2 and up to 8.1m require 12mm diameter holes

Clearfix – Drills and Oversizes all in one - An alternative method of fixing which also speeds up installation is to use ‘Clearfix’ combination drill/cutter and weather-proof seal assemblies. These fasteners self drill and create correct clearance hole in the sheet in one operation.

Store Solasafe on a flat surface, in a dry area avoiding contact with chemicals paints and solvents.

Cutting DiagramIf cutting of the sheet is required use a fine tooth handsaw or a power saw fitted with a masonry type cut-off blade. Support the sheet close to where you are cutting. It is good practice to wear protective goggles when cutting any material with a power tool. Ampelite sheeting can be custom cut to length on order, your supplier can arrange this if required.

To reduce noise caused by friction due to expansion and contraction we recommend using Ampelite Anti-noise tape, a 25mm x 3mm white self adhesive tape along the top of battens.
Please download a copy of the Solasafe Installation Guide

Handy tips
You could try some practise holes using an off cut or part of a sheet which would be covered by ridging, flashings etc. You may find it easier to drill the hole for the screw first and then enlarge this to 10mm for the washer.

Cleaning
Use only a soft brush and soapy water. No abrasives. To prevent possible staining we recommend cleaning when ever bird soil is apparent.

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Solasafe Capping and Flashing diagram 

Solasafe Curves Diagram

Solasafe