Thursday, September 29, 2016

Polycarbonate Sheets for Roofing

POLYCARBONATE  SHEETS are a glass-like, virtually unbreakable plastic that makes it perfect for the high stress environment required by today’s jet fighter canopies. These properties also make polycarbonate the perfect material for canopies and carports since it allows the light transmission benefits of glass, but with added safety of being virtually unbreakable. They are very flexible and come in a range of sizes and shapes and styles such as corrugated roofing sheets.

Did you know? Although polycarbonate is virtually an unbreakable polymer, the quality and process of polycarbonate during manufacturing is critical to the final result and to overall performance.

Polycarbonate panels have UV protection that protects them from harmful UV rays and harsh weather, allowing quality and durability for years of use. Looking at the polycarbonate with the naked eye, it's impossible to determine if the panel has UV protection or not, this can be only determined by testing in a laboratory.
A new panel of polycarbonate without UV protection may look shiny and feel sturdy at first, but overtime and as a result of exposure to sunlight and weather conditions the polycarbonate will change its physical and visible characteristics.

Before you're choosing your polycarbonate roofing supplier it is important to pay attention to the specifications and features of the polycarbonate panels and to make sure they are manufactured by a known and trusted manufacturer. This is very important aspect in order to ensure quality, durability and safety of your polycarbonate roof for many years to come.
You should not be tempted by slightly lower prices for a poor quality polycarbonate greenhouse.

Another benefit of UV protected panels refers to your furnishings and furniture. Since the panels have UV protection they also protect your car and belongings from harmful UV rays

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

How to reduce traffic noise

I live on a busy road. How do I reduce traffic noise?

Omega supplies a wide range of secondary glazing solutions which if correctly fitted can significantly reduce traffic noise.
ü Fit secondary glazing ideally 150-200mm away from your existing glass
ü Use a different thickness of secondary glazing to your primary window. Most primary glazing is 4mm so 6mm secondary glazing is usually a good option
ü Specialist acoustic laminate glass  is very effective
ü Ensure when fitted it is well sealed
There are a number of other things that can help too.
§  Ensure your existing windows are well fitted and sealed. If possible good quality double or triple glazing will help.
§  If you are in a listed property there are firms that will refurbish sash windows
§  Fit internal shutters, well sealed along the edges and frame (price £700-2000 a pair)
§  Endure your cavity walls and roof are well insulated.
§  Fitted carpets and soft furnishings can help muffle sound

Phone: 01769574426

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Lift Out Panel Installation

This is a  video showing how to fit a Omega Traditional lift out secondary glazing unit. It is supplied preglazed with toughened or laminated glass and is a great way of providing sound and heat insulation on your windows. For further info go to

Friday, January 25, 2013

Polycarbonate Greenhouses- Are they better than glass?

Many gardeners in Europe have been using greenhouse polycarbonate sheets rather than glass for years but British gardeners have really only started to see the light.

There are many myths about the limitations of polycarbonate but the reality is with good quality UV coatings it can offer distinct advantages over the traditional glass glazed greenhouse.

How many of you have witnessed a misdirected football or a confused pheasant hit and shatter a glass panel? It is surprisingly easy to break a greenhouse glass panel. My father had a slightly loose glass door panel on his aluminium greenhouse. Every time there were high winds or he shut the door carelessly it would fall out and shatter. He replaced it with a UV protected, polycarbonate 4 years ago and it’s still as good as new.  In addition to this it is much safer particularily for the elderly or if young children are around.

Insulation is another factor to consider especially with some of the cold winters we have had over recent years.  The U value represents the  thermal insulation of a material . The lower it is the better as it shows the heat loss per sq metre. 4mm thick greenhouse glass has a U value of 6.0 W/M2K whereas 4mm clear multiwall polycarbonate has a U value of 3.8W/M2K. This means you should be able to save money by not having to have your greenhouse heater on for quite so long.

The weight of the polycarbonate is much lighter than the equivalent with glass . A  2’ x 4’ panel of glass weighs about 7.44 kg whereas the same size in 4mm multiwall polycarbonate  weighs only 0.6 kg. This means your structure doesn’t need to be as bulky or costly. If you are worried about  panels “blowing” out ensure you have a good base and invest in high quality galvanised W clips to hold the  panels in place.

This all sounds great but are there any catches?
You may have heard that polycarbonate goes yellow or cloudy.  If you buy a  good quality branded polycarbonate such as Palram or Marlon it has a UV protective layer on the outside which stops the UV from discolouring the polycarbonate. These greenhouse glazing sheets will come with a 10 year guarantee to give you peace of mind.

What about mould or algae? You need to put aluminium tape over the cut edges of your polycarbonate to stop moisture getting in and algae spreading into it .

What about the light for your plants? 4mm glass has a light transmission of approximately 95% whereas 4mm multiwall polycarbonate is 82-88%. This is slightly lower but it does have the advantage that the layers in the polycarbonate will diffuse the light. This is good for many plants.
 So as you can see polycarbonate has many advantages for the keen gardener. If you want to try it contact a reputable supplier that uses high quality branded polycarbonate.

For further information please call the team at Omega Roofing Plastics on 01769574426,email us at or go to our website

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Low Cost Solar Control Glazing

There are more solar control options for glazed roofs available than ever before. We can still supply heatguard and solar inserted polycarbonate to reduce the solar gain by 50% and 80% respectively.

However we now have athermic products to add to our portfolio.
Blue Athermic on opal is an attractive pale blue on the outside and opal on the inside. It will reflect 50% of solar heat but lets more light through giving a bright and airy feel to your conservatory. More more information see

If you are on a tight budget we can offer gold athermic on opal at less than half price. This is a golden yellow on opal which again will reflect 50% of heat. This is an end of line hence the huge reduction. For more infomation see

If you would like advice on what is most suitable for your project please call the office on 01769 574426.