Skylights: What do I want to look through and why?

ACRYLIC or LEXAN or GLASS

The answer is, they are all good stuff depending on what look you want to achieve, how much you want to spend and if you have any local codes which may mandate what you use.

  1. Acrylic is the most economical and most widely used synthetic glazing on the market. It is available in tints, is UV resistant and is extensively used in virtually all markets, both north and south, in single or double glazed applications.

  2. Lexan, another synthetic glazing material by General Electric, offers similar characteristics as acrylics with one distinct added benefit, impact resistance against wind-borne debris. Lexan is used in Hurricane Markets. Lexan is also great protection from HAIL and heavy rain.

  3. Glass, laminated glass to be exact, is and has always been been utilized for overhead glazing. Although not available in domes, performance glass, monolithic and insulated, can be used with a variety of enhancements including Low E coatings, reflective coatings, a variety of tints and inert gas fillings. Versatile and durable, many applications may require a glass product which is also used in Hurricane Markets.

  4. Double Glazing: This is always recommended because if the outer lens does fracture or break, this inner lens will keep the weather out until it can be replaced. The double glazing also reduces the noise big-time, from heavy rainstorms.

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