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Which Roofing Sheet Is The Best?

Wednesday, 27th June 2018

roofing sheets

Whether talking about polycarbonate roofing sheets, PVC roofing sheets or bitumen roofing sheets all materials have their unique pros and cons that will make them either right or wrong for your roofing job. Some will be absolutely perfect for what you need, while others might have one or two drawbacks that mean they're not quite as compatible.     

In this blog we will look at some of the most popular types of roofing sheets, all lightweight and durable options that, collectively, cover most types of outbuilding. All materials mentioned are available at Roofinglines for next day delivery at the best prices online guaranteed.

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Polycarbonate Roofing Sheets

polycarbonate roofing sheets

Common Uses- Commercial Rooflights, Greenhouses, Orangeries & Conservatories, Carports, Swimming Pools, Bus Shelters

Qualities- Lightweight, Easy to Cut on Site, Excellent Rigidity, UV stable, Highly Weather Resistance, Excellent Fire Rating, Good Thermal Insulation

About Polycarbonate Sheets- Polycarbonate is a strong type of thermoplastic that is virtually unbreakable. If you've ever tried breaking a CD or DVD in half, you'd know that snapping the disc can be hard work. That’s because they are made from polycarbonate, an extremely tough material that works very well as a roof covering. The chances of a roof being damaged from any exterior or interior impact are extremely slim with polycarbonate sheets.

Polycarbonate roofing sheets are easy to install thanks to their lightweight structure, a practical design that makes them easier to move around on site and on the road, meaning the overall time of project completion should be reduced.

Another reason polycarbonate roofing sheets are a highly suitable roofing solution is its resistance to both low and high temperatures. Given its effectiveness at allowing natural light to pass through the roof, polycarbonate roofing sheets are especially popular with conservatories and patios.

What we Offer at Roofinglines

In regards to polycarbonate plastic roof panels, we offer several different thickness levels to both reinforce the roof and enhance insulation levels in the area below.

As well as flat roof panels, we also have clear corrugated roof sheets in polycarbonate for optimum light transmission and visibility. These profiled roofing sheets are perfect for carports, porches, greenhouses and canopies, coming in a corrugated design that enables effective water run off.

 Area Weight Kg/m²U-Value W/m²Sound reduction level dbLight Transmission%Min cold bending radius mm

Axiome 6mm 


81 (Clear), N/A (Bronze & Opal)

Axiome 10mm1.5
81 (Clear), 52 (Bronze), 48 (Opal)
Axiome 16mm2.4


74 (Clear), 31 (Bronze), 42 (Opal)
Axiome 25mm3.0
2262 (Clear), 22 (Bronze), 34 (Opal)


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PVC Roofing Sheets

PVC roofing sheets

Common Uses- Canopies, Carports, Cold Frames, Porches, Greenhouses 

Qualities- Lightweight, Low Cost, DIY Friendly

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) roofing sheets are a low-cost solution for lightweight sheet roofing. As well as their affordable price, PVC roof sheets are waterproof, rigid, provide strong light transmission and, like polycarbonate sheets, are an example of a lightweight roofing sheet with low installation costs.

Though not quite as effective as polycarbonate roofing sheets in resisting impact, the majority of PVC roofing sheets will remain intact in most cases of collision. Unlike polycarbonate sheets, however, PVC roofing sheets are usually scratch resistant.

Generally speaking, PVC roofing sheets are cheaper than polycarbonate, while the strong transparent qualities of corrugated PVC sheets enables light to pass through the roof easily and brighten the area below.

What we Offer at Roofinglines

If you are looking for roofing sheets to cover an area where impact resistance is not as important and where direct sunlight is limited, our Corrapol DIY grade corrugated roofing sheets are the perfect buy. Examples of common uses suitable for these sheets include, canopies, carports, porches and log stores.

For areas where sunlight is limited, consider polyester roof sheets, another lightweight roofing sheet that is easy to work with at a cost similar to PVC, hight strength and high rigidity.

QualityRoofing Sheet Type
 Clear Corrugated Polycarbonate PVCPolyesterBitumen
Long Life Span Yes    
Impact ResistantYes    
UV ProtectedYes    
High StrengthYes Yes  
Light TransmissionYesYes   
Lightweight/ Easy to CutYesYesYesYes 
Low Cost YesYesYes 
Rigid  YesYes 
Provides Privacy  YesYes 

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Bitumen Roofing Sheets

bitumen roofing sheets

Common Uses- Garages, Sheds, Log Stores, Covered Walkways

Qualities- Excellent Watertightness, Maintenance Free, Lightweight, Easy to Fit, Installer Friendly

Last but by no means least, we have bitumen roofing sheets. Bitumen roof sheets are one of the best priced roofing solutions on the market and are Roofinglines’ most affordable roofing sheets.

Waterproof, low maintenance, lightweight and straightforward to install, bitumen sheets are a long-lasting option that can be modified to suit most roofing needs.

Bitumen by its nature has a high tensile strength meaning its unlikely to be damaged in harsh conditions, nor will it develop cracks over time- a criticism often levelled at PVC sheets. If installed and maintained properly, bitumen roofing sheets can last for decades. Bitumen can, however, more vulnerable to small tears than plastic sheets, with an impact resistant not as strong.

If you are looking for added warmth below the roof, black corrugated roofing sheets in bitumen absorb heat the best, although this can result in overheating. If you'd prefer to reflect more heat away, bitumen sheets typically come in a variety of brighter colours to make this possible.

What we Offer at Roofinglines

We have four different coloured bitumen roofing sheets available to select from so that you can cover your garage, shed or children's playhouse in a more unique way. The need for cutting is reduced with our bitumen options as the sheets overlap on width and length.

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If you’re still unsure on what type of roofing sheets would work best on your application, get in touch with one of our expert team who would be more than happy to help you find the right match.