The fence on the territory of a private house or at the cottage can be built using different materials. For these purposes, suitable for wooden boards, bricks, as well as metal mesh. Today, the development of industry allows you to perform the fence of more technological and durable materials. One of them is polycarbonate. Every year it becomes more and more popular. In order to build a polycarbonate fence, you need to familiarize yourself with its types, as well as installation features.
Features of the polycarbonate fence and its differences from products from other materials
Structures made of iron and wood have many drawbacks, which modern materials lack. Metal fences are corrosive, so they require painting and other protective measures. In turn, wooden structures have weak strength, as well as prone to cracking and rotting.
Polycarbonate is a modern polymer of synthetic origin, which is highly durable and flexible. Products from this material transmit light and at the same time hide from prying eyes everything that happens on the site. Polycarbonate for the fence looks presentable and spectacular, especially in combination with metal and brick elements.
Useful information! If necessary, a fence of this material can be given a non-standard form, as it has good ductility.
Polycarbonate serves as a sound insulator because it can absorb sound vibrations. Separately, it should be said that Plexiglas products do not transmit ultraviolet radiation, which can harm the plants in the area.
You can build a fence from such a canvas with your own hands. However, it is necessary to clearly understand the technology of work and know how to fix polycarbonate, and also it is necessary to figure out how to do it correctly. This material has a small weight, which greatly simplifies the transportation and installation of sheets.
Arrangement of such fences is widespread in recent times, and such fences are used not only in private areas. Administrative buildings, schools, factories and other objects often use polycarbonate structures. The wide operational sphere of this material indicates its numerous advantages.
Polycarbonate is resistant to moisture. Wooden fences swell and collapse from water, while metal fences rust. Polycarbonate is not moldy, and also has resistance to corrosion.
Another advantage of this fence is resistance to temperature fluctuations. This also applies to abrupt changes that can cause quite significant damage to structures made of familiar materials. The fence for giving from polycarbonate will not heat up under the influence of sunshine.
PCB sheets are resistant to heavy loads. The same property is inherent in iron fences, however polycarbonate, by contrast, has good flexibility. This allows not only to simplify installation, but also to realize the unique designs. The plasticity of these products can be different, and it is usually indicated in the instructions that come with the sheets in the kit.
Polycarbonate fence may have different transparency. For example, if you need to create a shade that will beneficially affect the plants in the garden, then it is best to choose a translucent option. This canvas is an ideal material for the construction of fencing, and is also suitable for arranging polycarbonate doors.
Note! A very important advantage of this material is the lack of need for finishing. Care for this product is quite simple: periodically enough to wipe it with a damp cloth.
Experts advise the use of such fences in the event that you live near the motorway, airport or railway. Cellular material has a cellular structure, which allows it to absorb technical sounds.
Another plus of this building material is the variety of shades. If necessary, you can choose the most appropriate color for a combination with a metal frame or brick. The combination of PCB with a wrought fence looks most presentable. Forging with polycarbonate requires a fairly large expenditure of funds, however, not only pleases the eye, but is a very durable design.
Among the shortcomings of polycarbonate sheets it is possible to highlight the need for organizing fixing elements made of metal. Without them, the fence will have poor stability, and plasticity will only aggravate the deformation process. The canvas has good strength characteristics, but it is not as resistant to mechanical stress as iron, for example.
It is also worth noting the cheap price of polycarbonate fences. The price of such structures depends on many factors, but more often it is higher than the standard fencing. This is due to the fact that PKB is often combined with metal forging, brick and wooden elements.
Today, these products are divided into several types. All polycarbonate fences are differentiated depending on their structure. On this basis, two types of material can be distinguished:
- cell phone;
Cellular. The structure of such material is presented in the form of interconnected cells. The outer plates are joined by stiffeners, which can be straight or diagonal (X-shaped). The geometric indicators of these sheets are different and vary depending on the type of canvas. The fence from cellular polycarbonate can have various thickness – from 3 to 40 mm.
Monolithic. Unlike cellular PCB, this material is solid and comes in two types: transparent and translucent. The thickness of homogeneous polycarbonate products can reach 12 mm, but no more.
There is another factor by which experts classify polycarbonate products – the type of installation. The fact is that today there are several options for mounting such sheets:
- on brick pillars;
- forging with PCB.
In the first case, the polycarbonate sheets are fixed in a special frame, which is prepared in advance. For its manufacture using shaped pipes or metal corners. The sheet is fixed by means of screws or special locking elements. The result is a section that is easy to transport and install due to its low weight. This option is one of the most popular when installing a polycarbonate fence. Weld sections can be easily installed independently.
Installing PCB sheets in combination with brick pillars is also a common option. The main disadvantage of this method is the complexity of the organization (including the foundation).
Useful information! In some cases, this canvas is used in combination with 3D-mesh. This type of polycarbonate fence is highly durable. The plastic material itself performs a decorative function.
This design has quite a few positive aspects.
Brick-polycarbonate fence is resistant to temperature fluctuations, long operational life and presentable appearance. Separately, it should be said about the versatility of these structures. There are many options for their exterior decoration. In combination with brick, you can use both a monolithic polycarbonate fence and cellular.
The most interesting way to use carbonate is to install such a fence with forging. Depending on individual conditions, you can choose transparent or translucent polycarbonate sheets. Experts advise to use the second option in combination with metal forged bars. It is possible to install a PCB behind the sections (from the inside).
And also another combination is possible, which is less common, but also popular. It is about a fence professional sheet polycarbonate. Such a fence is more difficult to do with your own hands.
Since the cost of PCB today is quite high, it is necessary to carefully approach the calculation of the amount of material that will be spent on the installation of the fence. First of all, it is necessary to measure the perimeter of the site in order to understand how far the fence will occupy.
As for the material itself, you first need to pick up its thickness. This indicator is very important, as it affects the durability of the future fencing. For the fence, it is advisable to buy sheets with a large thickness. The choice of structure depends on where you build the fence. For example, a monolithic PCB is suitable for installation in quiet areas, as it is not capable of providing a high degree of sound insulation.
Before installation, it is necessary to determine the design of the polycarbonate fence. Reviews on specialized forums will help to make the right choice. It is also recommended to study the composition of the sheets that you decide to purchase. Some manufacturers add various impurities to the material to reduce the cost of its manufacture. Such sheets do not differ in quality and are not suitable for mounting fences.
The easiest way to install a fence from PKB is sectional. For the framework of sections, it is customary to use pipelines with a square section of 60×60 mm and rectangular – 20×40 mm. This design is assembled by welding. The most difficult option – wrought fence with polycarbonate.
Do not forget that the installation of fencing will require other auxiliary elements. Steel profftrub, base material and fixing elements – all this also requires cash. The price with the installation of a polycarbonate fence ranges from 2,000 to 2,800 rubles. and depends on such factors as the method of mounting the pillars, the characteristics of the material.
Polycarbonate is a modern material, which by its qualities is not only not inferior, but also surpasses the iron and wooden fences common to all. It does not require special care and is resistant to external factors. When choosing a PCB, it is recommended to pay attention to its dimensions and colors. Independent installation of polycarbonate fencing does not require special building knowledge.