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Frequently Asked Questions about U-lock System
The polycarbonate U-lock system is an innovative technology which is used in the construction
industry to facilitate the installation of polycarbonate roofs. This equipment makes the
installation process easier and it ensures that the final structure is also strong enough to withstand
any external force such as wind which could exert higher magnitude of force on the structure.
They feature advanced technologies which ensure that the material lasts for a longer period of
time. A good example is the Excelite U-lock sheet systems which can remain effective and
efficient for more than ten years.

These products are manufactured from super polycarbonate materials with a high concentration
of ultraviolet co-extrusion process which make them resistant to yellowing. The U-lock PC
materials are self-extinguishing; they offer better sound and thermal insulation; transparent and
100% leakage-proof. Ideally, they meet all the set standards and regulations for any material to
be used in any locking system.

What are some of the key benefits of the Excelite U-locking


systems?

There quite a number of products in the market with every manufacturer and retailer claiming
that the products they manufacture or sell are the best. This is not always true since most of them
become faulty only a after a short period of time. The U-locking polycarbonate systems possess
the following key features:

1.100% leakage-proof
these equipment is manufactured using virgin polycarbonates. This is to ensure that they
possess all the inherent properties of polycarbonate resin. One fundamental property of any PC
material is that they have a high degree of dimensional stability. This implies that; their shape do
not change with the fluctuating environmental conditions. This makes these materials 100% leakproof. In addition to this, PCs are intrinsically impact resistant materials therefore; they cannot
be affected by any external force. This makes the polycarbonate U-locking systems to remain
intact at all times thereby preventing any form of leakage.

2.Reduced costs of construction


the fact that this equipment has already been manufactured and it only requires one to insert it to
lock the PC sheets is a clear indication that the cost of labor will reduce significantly.
Furthermore, the U-shape connect also reduces the entire building load. Normally, heavier
structures will require more reinforcement which will ultimately increase the cost of
construction. Therefore, you should use this equipment to reduce these unnecessary costs.

3.Convenience
the Excelite U-locking system is not a complicated item; it has only two parts which makes it
easier and simpler to install. This reduces labor costs too while saving on time.

4.Aesthetic value
generally, polycarbonates are transparent materials and therefore, using a transparent U-locking
mechanisms will make the roofing structure to have an appealing look. Avoid the use of sealants
and aluminum layering since theyll only make the roof or wall to have a boring structure with

several dark spots. In fact, some people may assume the screws are stubborn stains especially
if they are used to construct skylights where they cant be identified as screws easily.

5.They are safe


when other materials such as steel are used to fix polycarbonates, there are chances that the PC
sheets may crack as the temperature fluctuates despite the fact that they are strong materials. This
is for the reason that the two materials have totally different coefficient of linear expansion. This
disparity will cause a difference in the rates of expansion and contraction which will make the
PC material to crack after some time.
Using the polycarbonate U-lock systems is highly recommended since they have the same
coefficient of linear expansion thus, they expand and contract uniformly. This will ensure that the
material remains intact without any lines of weakness or any signs of deformation.

6.They are self-extinguishing


various experiments have proved that polycarbonate material can only burn at a temperature
above 600C. This is a pretty high temperature. Below this temperature, it will automatically
extinguish itself. This implies that, instead of using sealants which will only spread fire to other
sections in case of fire outbreak, it is advisable to go for the polycarbonate U-lock equipment.
Another good thing about this polycarbonates is that they do not produce toxic gases.

7.Temperature resistant
unlike most sealants which will melt when they are exposed to high temperature; this locking
equipment is dimensionally stable within a wide range of temperature hence, they are not
affected with the variation in the environmental temperature. During this period, their
mechanical and chemical properties remain unchanged. In addition to these essential befits, they
guarantee superior load capacity due to their strength and heat insulation.

Which features should you look for when youre


shopping for U-lock systems?
When you are shopping for these polycarbonate roofing materials, there are a number of
parameters that you need to consider. Some of these may include:

Size
they come in a wide range of thickness which vary between 8mm and 18mm. The size will
depend on the size of polycarbonate sheet you would wish to lock. Closely related to this is the
average width of the polycarbonate material. The best way to go about this process is by seeking
help from a company which sells these items. Excelite will avail to you all the necessary
information you need about this.

Color
these items come in a wide range of colors such as opal, bronze, clear etc. Always go for one
with a color which is similar to the sheet you would wish to lock together.

Light transmission
the degree of light transmission varies with both the shades and thickness. For clear U-lock
systems, the light transmission will be over 89% while for the brown types it will be less than
65%. Furthermore, as the thickness increases, the degree of light transmission also decreases. For
instance, the U-lock polycarbonate systems which are 18mm thick may transmit about 62% of
light, while those that are 8mm thick will transmit about 68% of light. You can seek advice from
a reputable dealer before you make the final decision.

Strength;
of course, most of these materials are stronger however; it may vary depending on the
manufacturing process which was used to produce the locking equipment. Always be sure to
refer to the data sheet.
Other vital parameter include the UV protection; whether it is on one side or both sides; the
cleaning procedure; degree of fire resistance etc. It is advisable to purchase those items which
come with a warranty.