Laserlite is Australia’s leading manufacturer and distributor of industrial and residential Polycarbonate roofing.
With a great range of profiles, colours, tastes, and advanced protective technology, Laserlite’s roof sheeting range is a popular choice for Melbourne homeowners and tradespeople alike. If you’re about to revamp your patio, carport, or pergolas, Polycarbonate is one of the best ways to go about it.
Laserlite Polycarbonate is available in two styles; Laserlite 2000 for reliable performance, and Laserlite 3000 for ultimate comfort and strength.
As the only roof sheeting product with ComfortCool and Advanced Weather Guard Technology, Laserlite Polycarbonate has gained continued popularity with the quintessential Australian outdoor lifestyle. However, durability is only a snapshot of the overall story.
As you explore the many brands and roofing options available, it is important to have the right information on hand to help you choose the right one. So, what exactly sets Laserlite Polycarbonate Roofing Sheets apart?
Throughout this article, we’ll dive into the major advantages of Polycarbonate roofing, and why it is an ideal solution for Australian properties.
What is Polycarbonate Roofing?
Made from strong, translucent plastic that is able to withstand high temperatures, Polycarbonate is a strong, durable material highly suitable for roofing solutions. This roofing material is a popular choice for Aussie homeowners, and can even be used to compliment awnings, patios, and pool fences.
In comparison to standard Polycarbonate roofing, Laserlite is a versatile roofing solution with a range of applications. It is also 250 times more resistant to impact than safety glass. One of the core components is Thermoplastic.
Thermoplastic material is strong, shatterproof, corrosion resistant, and able to withstand high or low temperatures without taking on significant damage. Laserlite will always provide a high-quality, professional finish and allow the sun’s rays to liven up dreary outdoor spaces.
Polycarbonate resin can become brittle from the sun’s rays, wind, hail, or rain, and Laserlite has powerful technology to prevent this type of damage or discolouration from occurring.
Comfort Cool is another signature feature. This technology can reflect infrared lighting emitted by the sun, stopping it from passing through the Polycarbonate and letting through natural light without the glare. As a result, your outdoor space or patio can be kept cooler and more comfortable during the warm summer months.
If cared for properly, Laserlite can last up to 25 years!
Need supplies for an upcoming roofing project? Whatever the project size, Roofing Options is the leading source for Laserlite roofing supplies in Melbourne.
The Key Benefits of Laserlite Polycarbonate Roofing Sheets
Laserlite Polycarbonate is more than a run-of-a-mill and average roofing material. Resistant to weather, UV light, lightweight, and easy to install, every family home should consider this roofing option as a long-term investment.
With excellent aesthetic appeal and light-reflecting capabilities, their modern design combines innovation and quality. If you’re renovating a veranda space, Polycarbonate is a great way to protect you and your family from the elements, while still allowing you to enjoy the winter sun.
What are some of the major benefits, and why is the technology worth the investment?
1. Heat Transmission
Able to insulate a space as well as cool it, Laserlite’s protective coating is thermally efficient throughout all seasons, capable of handling temperatures up to 140 degrees Celsius. Traditional glass has limited insulation qualities compared to Laserlite Polycarbonate, which can stabilise and even out the temperature of a space. In addition, it also becomes the perfect insulator for the winter months.
If your biggest concern is shade, opt for a Laserlite 2000 bronze tint. Clear sheeting is certainly a good option if you want natural sunlight without UV ray damage and exposure. However, if you really want to reflect more heat, Laserlite 3000 can bounce back 50% of the sun’s warmth.
2. Light Transmission
Artificial lighting is useful, but it can feel unnatural and harsh. In contrast, Laserlite Polycarbonate provides more natural and gentle lighting to your outdoor spaces.
If you’re looking for a creative way to enhance your outdoor patio, Polycarbonate comes in a wide variety of colours for you to choose from. while maintaining comfortable light transmission.
Clear, bronze tint, grey tint, opal, and cream are just a few of your options. Extending from this is the Laserlite 3000, a Technologically Advanced heat-reflective range that covers platinum, frost, and gunmetal.
Clear provides 93% of light transmission but no heat reduction, opal is almost equal standing with 49% light transmission and 52% heat reduction, cream has 43% light transmission and 62% heat reduction, bronze has 38% light transmission and 33% heat reduction, and finally, grey has 19% light transmission and 47% heat reduction. The colour you choose will depend on personal preferences, as well as the climate you’re in.
For a platinum Polycarbonate panel, there is 18% light transmission and 69% heat reduction, frost has 47% light transmission and 63% heat reduction, whereas gunmetal offers 16% light transmission and 66% heat reduction.
3. Fire Resistance
Laserlite 2000 Polycarbonate roofing is incredibly fire-resistant, able to extinguish flames and stop extreme temperatures from spreading in the event of an emergency. This roofing option complies with fire-related tests such as Heat and Smoke Release Rates (AS/NZS 3837:1998), and the Early Fire Hazard Test (AS 1530.3:-1999).
4. Excellent UV Protection
Laserlite 2000 Polycarbonate roofing can prevent 99.9% of harmful ultraviolet radiation, with a UV protection barrier that protects the roofing from discolouration and degradation over time. What’s more, it can even survive temperatures up to 120 degrees Celsius and -30 degrees Celsius.
5. Lifetime Warranty
Another major advantage of Laserlite products is their Lifetime Platinum Warranty. Beyond peace of mind, this guarantee is a testament to the quality of the longevity provided by Laserlite Polycarbonate sheets. According to the AS/NZS 4257.4-1994 standards, the loss of light will not exceed 11% within the first 15 years, and 1% per year after. As long as Laserlite remains in the same condition it was once installed, the light transmission will remain the same.
6. Weather Resistance
Likewise, there is also a 10-year warranty against weather breakage and impact resistance, making it a superior product compared to normal coregulated Polycarbonate. With the help of innovative Weather Guard technology, Laserlite is purpose-designed to extend life and performance.
Laserlite sheeting is a protective material. This means that it not only fights against UV damage, but also maintains its colour and withstands damage from up to 25mm of hail for a 10 year period. For more information on product warranty, always refer to the Laserlite website.
Types of Polycarbonate Sheets
At Roofing Options, we supply many Laserlite Polycarbonate types to suit your outdoor sunroom or gazebo. Our Laserlite 2000 collection comes in corrugated, trimdeck, and greca profiles, with colours such as opal, grey tint, cream, bronze, and clear.
Lengths start from 1.8m and extend up to 7.2 metres. All products are certified to Australian standards with Comfort Cool and Advanced Weatherguard Technology, so protection is guaranteed throughout all seasons.
As Melbourne’s home for all things Polycarbonate, we have a great selection of roofing supplies at Coburg, Campbellfield and Cranbourne. Can’t make it to one of our stores? Shop right here online.
Environment – How Does It Play a Part?
Purchasing roofing without considering the demands of your home or commercial environment is a common misstep. If you live in a warmer climate, your roofing solutions will be drastically different to a family that lives in cooler conditions.
So, what are the key areas to consider before you buy?
Roof height. Hot air always rises, so you want to think about how high or low your roof is. The lower your roof, the more heat you will experience. For example, do you have areas that provide airflow?
Lighting. If you’re looking for more light in a particular area of your home, metal roofing can be used along with Polycarbonate to add light. As always, you need to consider where you can radiate heat.
Shading. What time of day will you be using your designated Laserlite area? You may be opting for a colour that allows more light onto your outdoor deck.
Orientation. Areas in your home that face West will always get the hot afternoon sun! For this reason, your home may benefit from a colour that offers more light transmission.
Aesthetics. Do you want to match Polycarbonate to other parts of your home? Whether you want a bold colour or a more toned-down shade for a private area, there is a wide range of coloured Polycarbonate sheets to choose from.
Tips for Maintaining Your Laserlite Polycarbonate
Laserlite is easy to clean and maintain, but make sure to use a scaffold system or a secure ladder before starting! If you’re ever in doubt, consult a professional who understands the roofing process.
Use warm soapy water, a soft microfibre cloth, a sponge, or a bristle brush for tough stains, and pair them with a household cleaner safe for plastic surfaces. Harsh chemicals or abrasive materials can scratch the sheeting, so make sure to rinse it thoroughly with clean water.
Unlike other roofing materials such as Colorbond, high-pressure cleaners can cause damage. Always test tools and cleaning solutions on a smaller area first.
Want to learn more about Colorbond roofing and roofing products? Here is an informative guide on why to choose Colorbond guttering!
Explaining the Numbers
Laserlite Polycarbonate sheeting has technical specifications that affect your home insulation. If you want the best for your property or commercial building, you need to think about how they can affect you.
SHGC. Known as the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, this is a number explaining how much heat passes through a material, in this case, Polycarbonate. The solar radiation and heat absorbed inwards are expressed as a number between 1 and 0; the lower the number, the less heat is absorbed.
U Values. This is how efficiently heat is transferred between a material. The lower the value, the more insulation it provides. Whether the material can keep heat or cold out depends on the thickness and type of material used.
What About Laserlite 3000?
Both Laserlite 2000 and 3000 are high-performance, able to reduce 99.9% of the sun’s heat and UV rays.
Although both are popular roofing choices in Australia, Laserlite 3000 is heavy-duty, more comfortable in terms of heat reduction properties, and is the only range with Comfort Cool Technology. With Gunmetal, Ice, and Platinum colour options, this will affect the amount of heat you feel when the sun hits your roof.
Laserlite 3000 can reduce 50% more heat than regular corrugated sheeting, with a lifetime Platinum warranty and cooler comfort level. If you want a strong roof that cools well during the summer months, Laserlite 3000 is a technologically advanced heating reflective range that’s worth the investment.
Laserlite and Suntuf
When choosing a roof that does the job, which type of Polycarbonate roofing holds the advantage? Both roofing and cladding types are powerful in their own ways in terms of UV resistance, light transmission, weather resistance, lightness, and being long-lasting.
On the other hand, Suntuf is popular for its transparency, a natural light filter for greenhouses and outdoor areas. For example, the Suntuf Beehive Polycarbonate roofing option is thicker than standard polycarbonate, with greater strength and hail resistance. Light can be transmitted gently through your roof space.
Ultimately, Laserlite is a trusted choice for outdoor structures such as carports and pergolas. Its heat-protective properties are reliable when keeping spaces cool from the sun. Your roofing decisions will depend on the durability and transparency you’re aiming for, your budget restraints, and the overall scope of your project.
Roofing Options – Your Home for Laserlite in Melbourne
As you can see, Laserlite Polycarbonate Roofing Sheets offer a range of benefits and advantages.
Whether you want a gazebo to keep your car safe from UV damage or are planning to build a garden shed, Roofing Options is Melbourne’s go-to source for quality Laserlite Polycarbonate sheets and supplies.
Beyond Polycarbonate, we also stock affordable carport kits, garden shed kits, gazebo kits, or anything else you need to revamp a backyard. Contact us or stop by any one of our Cranbourne, Coburg, or Campbellfield stores today. Our knowledgeable team can provide specialist advice or a customised quote!
Don’t miss your chance to upgrade and experience the Laserlite difference.