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Job Site Storage of Polycarbonate Panels

Polycarbonate panels to be used for eave and/or gable end triangle “lighting” or ridge caps should not be used within living areas of post frame homes and barndominiums. They do often afford a cost effective method of getting natural lighting into accessory areas such as unheated shops and garages, barns and equipment storage buildings.

Recommended storage procedure for Polycarbonate panels (eave or ridge lights):

Store panels horizontally, on flat sturdy pallets, equal or longer than longest panels. Stack short panels on top.

Store polycarbonate panels in a cool and shaded place, avoiding direct sunlight, ideally indoors in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Avoid covering panel stack with dark or heat-absorbing materials or objects, to prevent solar heat buildup. When stored on skids, stack panels no more than 250 pieces on a skid. Avoid double stacked skids, or stacking anything atop panels. Prevent moisture from collecting on or between panels.

When necessary to store panels outdoors, cover stack with a white opaque polyethylene sheet, corrugated cardboard or other materials not absorbing or conducting heat. Verify entire stack is covered.

Polycarbonate panels are tough, requiring no special care. We recommend some cautionary steps: avoid stepping on or driving over the panels while on the ground, or folding during handling and installation. Avoid dragging panels on the ground, scraping against structural elements or any other sharp or rough objects, to keep from getting scratched.

Polycarbonate panels are resistant to a variety of chemicals and exhibit limited resistance to a second chemical group. A third chemical group may attack and damage panels. Damage degree and severity depend upon chemical type and exposure duration. Polycarbonate panels will melt down at approximately 400 degrees F.

In today’s as well as most recent four previous articles I have covered how to protect your valuable investment’s materials prior to assembly. All of this information and more is a portion of Hansen Pole Buildings’ Construction Manual – nearly 500 step-by-step pages to guide do-it-yourselfers and construction professionals to successfully completion of every post frame project.

Ready to stop pondering and start your journey to a happy new post frame building? Call Hansen Pole Buildings today 1(866)200-9657 to speak to a Building Designer.

Dear Pole Barn Guru: Can I Get Perma-Columns?

Welcome to Ask the Pole Barn Guru – where you can ask questions about building topics, with answers posted on Mondays.  With many questions to answer, please be patient to watch for yours to come up on a future Monday or Saturday segment.  If you want a quick answer, please be sure to answer with a “reply-able” email address.

Email all questions to: PoleBarnGuru@HansenPoleBuildings.com

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Can you supply buildings with perma-columns? Our soil conditions will not be a good combination with standard poles. Could I add that to a quote request if they are available?

Thanks. THOMAS

DEAR THOMAS: We can, yes – however they still require a poured concrete footing beneath. Our normal design back fills the bottom portion of the hole with poured concrete as well – providing the same bearing area as the perma-columns would.

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I use my barn as a dog kennel. I have 4 dog runs. My male urinates on the exterior wall which has caused rust on about the bottom 3-4 inches. What can I do to cover this and prevent? Is there a synthetic PVC panel that will fit over my tin that will cover the rust spot and prevent future rust? I have seen roofing sheets that are plastic and clear. Would one of these in color work? Do they make them? I only need to cover about 2-3 feet high since he can’t hike his leg higher than that!

Or would old fashioned galvanized be better? With no paint. Not sure how much more rust resistant it would be. ORNERY IN OHIO

DEAR ORNERY: It sounds like you need to either remove the dog from where he can get

at the panels, or replace the portion of the panels he is urinating on.

There are polycarbonate panels which should do the trick, they are opaque white, come in three foot lengths and match the profile of the wall steel. These will also require a flashing to be dded between them and the wall steel above.

Plain galvanized is going to rust also – and it does not have the added protection afforded by the paint

Polycarbonate versus Acrylic Eave Lights

Once again, we do the research, so you don’t have to!

My loyal readers will recognize I have researched some things which maybe no one will ever care about. From my perspective – if it makes a difference to even one person, then it was worth the work.

eave lightsRecently one of our clients asked for a comparison between a Hansen Pole Building, and building produced by another provider. In doing the research to be able to give the client a qualified answer, I did come across a product which I was not familiar with – Acrylit®. Acrylit is a panel which is manufactured with 100% Acrylic resin with Gel Coat protection on both sides. Acrylit panels can be used for eave and ridge lights – which allow for natural light to enter pole buildings which do not have interior finished walls or ceilings.

For more information on eave lights: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2013/07/eave-light/

Hansen Pole Buildings provides CoverLite® Polycarbonate panels for use as eave lights. These panels offer a high degree of light transmittance due to its high optical properties, with up to 90% light transmission. They are economical and light weight, yet 10 times stronger than acrylic and 200 times stronger than glass! CoverLite comes with a full 10 year warranty against yellowing and a five year warranty against breakage caused by hail.

In discussions with AmeriLux (the manufacturer of CoverLite), it was found Coverlite Solar Grade Polycarbonate Corrugated will not undergo a loss in light transmission in excess of 15 (fifteen) percent in comparison with the original value when tested in accordance with ASTM D 1003 (95); will not undergo a change in excess of 15 (fifteen) delta in comparison with the original value when tested in accordance with ASTM E 313-73.

I actually read the ASTM standards referenced, and you can read ASTM D 1003 here: https://www.astm.org/Standards/D1003.htm

ASTM E313-73 Is the “Standard Test Method for Indexes of Whiteness and Yellowness of Near-White, Opaque Materials”

What really caught my attention was: Acrylic will burn/melt rather than self-extinguish like polycarbonate would.

There are lots of fires in pole buildings, adding a product which will contribute to a burn does not sound like a prudent choice to me. Add this to polycarbonate being ten times as strong as acrylic panels, and we’ve got a hands down winner!

Oh, and did I mention acrylic is more expensive? For those who care only about cost, it’s a no brainer.