Technique For Cutting Polycarbonate Roofing

Polycarbonate roofing is a durable, flexible UV resistant roofing material that is nearly shatterproof. Polycarbonate roofing is available in a wide range of sizes, but it is also easy to cut when you are installing it. Polycarbonate roofing is used around pipes, chimneys, vents and other features located on your roof. It's used by both homeowners and businesses for this purpose. If you want to cut polycarbonate roofing so you can install it, you won't need a specialized tool or saw to do the job. But you will need a few basic tools and safety gear to protect yourself from dust and fibers produced by the material as you cut it.

What You Will Need

  • Sturdy Work Gloves

  • Safety Eyewear

  • Dust Mask

  • White or Brightly Colored Marker

  • Long Ruler or T-Square

  • Hacksaw (with Finetooth Blade), Garden Scissors, or a Fine Toothed Panel Saw

  • Clean Cloths or Rags

Step 1. Choose a convenient flat surface for cutting the polycarbonate roofing. This can be a concrete floor or sidewalk, but it will be more convenient to work on a large workbench or table. Whatever surface you use needs to be clean.

Step 2. Lay a piece of the polycarbonate roofing flat on the surface you are using for cutting. Put on a pair of sturdy work gloves and eye protection, as well as a dust mask. Keep these on at all times when you are cutting and handling the roofing material.

Step 3. Lay a long ruler or T-square over the polycarbonate roofing so you can draw out a straight line or place marks on the material. To do this, use a white or brightly colored marker to define the shape you want to cut out from the roofing material.

Step 4. Lift the roofing material about 2 inches above the surface you are using for your work. Using the outline of the shape you drew onto the material as a guide, cut along the line with a hacksaw, garden scissors or a fine tooth panel saw until you have separated the shape from the rest of the material.

Step 5. Place this piece of polycarbonate roofing material to one side until you are ready to go up on the roof and install it. Repeat this process to cut out any other polycarbonate roofing that you need before attempting to install any of the pieces. That way, you won't have to go up and down the ladder too often.

Step 6. Before you install the roofing material, remember to remove the polythene film that covers each side.

If you would rather have the work done professionally, contact local roofing contractors, such as Sunik Roofing Exterior renovations.