Cutting Polycarbonate Roofing

What You'll Need
Electric saw
Polycarbonate roofing sheets
Tape measure
Safety eyeglasses
Fine tip marker
Clean rugs
Face mask

Polycarbonate roofing is gaining popularity among home builders these days. One of the major reasons is the fact that it is highly more economical than other roofing options. Conventional roofing materials are also heavier than polycarbonate roofing thus you will have to hire more people to install it and thus mean additional cost. Polycarbonate roofing comes in various sizes and quite attractive colors, thus it will also enhance the overall appearance of the house where it is to be installed. Its aesthetic value then can also be a means to cut down on the cost in terms of house beautification. Here are then the steps on how to cut polycarbonate roofing.

Step 1 - Find a Perfect Working Spot

Although polycarbonate sheets used for roofing as relatively made up of strong material, it is still advisable that you make use of a flat working surface where you can easily maneuver the panel and cut it as to desired length and design. Aside from ease of work, it will also ensure to cut on your work time. To avoid scratches on the panel, place a lat wooden surface such as a plywood on top of the working table before you place the polycarbonate roofing sheet. Even during cutting of the polycarbonate panel, the plywood placed below should not be removed. Aside from preventing scratches, it will also help prevent other debris from sticking to the sheet.

Step 2 - Measure the Length to be Cut

Based on the previously identified length required for your roof, measure the length needed on the polycarbonate panel with the use of a measuring tape. Mark the measurements using a fine tip pen. Use a level to ensure proper leveling. For long cuts, it is advised that you make a mark on the way through the entire length of the supposed cut to be made which will actually serve as the perfect guide. 

Step 3 - Cutting the Polycarbonate Sheet

Once the measurements are set, prepare the electric saw you will be using. For this type of material, make use of a 90-tooth fine finish blade. Adjust the depth of the saw table to ensure that only the polycarbonate sheet is cut. Before starting, it would be advised that you wear safety equipment such as ear plugs, face masked, safety glasses, and long-sleeved shirt. This is done to ensure that even the tiniest bit of polycarbonate fragments will not cause any injury to you. Start cutting the polycarbonate sheet in a slow and controlled manner.

You can refer to the saw manufacturer's instruction for this. Trim along the line that was earlier made using the fine tip pen. Apply just enough pressure so as to prevent vibrations which may cause cracking of the polycarbonate sheet. Once done, wipe away whatever debris has landed on the sheet. You can make additional fine cuts also when necessary.