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Translucent Products

There are two main profiled translucent ranges, polycarbonate and fibreglass. Polycarbonate is generally used on domestic properties, being thin and highly translucent but limited in length due to the high thermal coefficient, i.e. it expands and contracts much more than steel roofs. Fiberglass (GRP) profiled roofing contains fibres within the resin, which makes the product less translucent but more stable. Generally GRP is thicker and available in long lengths which suits commercial installation.

When using translucent roofing consideration for future maintenance and fire should be given. Polycarbonate roofing is often installed without netting on residential projects, however commercially a fall prevention netting such as Ausmesh should be used. This ensures future maintenance can be carried out at roof level without the risk of falling through a clearlight. There are trafficable GRP products on the market which can be walked across, however they still have a serviceable life and records should be kept to ensure they are deemed non-trafficable after the warrantied lifespan of the product.

Clearlights perform differently in fire depending upon the product. Polycarbonates generally achieve a Group 1-S rating, which means there is very little spread of smoke and flaming droplets, which can cause a fire to spread.
Fibreglass is typically in the Group 3 category, with some Group 2. 1 is the best and 4 is the worst. Please consult a Fire Engineer for the appropriate product for your project.

Translucent Wall cladding
In addition to the GRP and Fibreglass profiled sheeting used in roofing there are a plethora of systems with flat sheet and extruded thermoplastic multi-cell polycarbonate panels, such as twin wall products, Thermoclick, Rodeca.

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A D Bridge and Sons Builders have worked with Iconic Cladding on many successful roofing projects. These have included reroofing and new roof projects. The majority of these have been difficult projects on Schools in the Nelson/Tasman District. The Directors Joe and Sam work on the tools and visit site each day. This ensures that the workmanship is of the highest standard at all times. Any issues are resolved in a timely manner. They are very highly regarded for their technical knowledge and knowhow of all aspects of the roofing and metal wall cladding trades. A D Bridge and Sons Builders values our working relationship and look forward to it continuing for the future.

Darryl Bridge
A D Bridge and Sons Builders

I have just had Iconic Cladding complete the the new external cladding for my project. Found the whole team great to work with, with open communication from start to finish from both managers and staff on site. They did a fantastic job on site with an exceptional eye for detail and finishing which shows in their work. Thank you for a top-notch job that will last for years.

Dan Wright, Site Manager
Armitage Williams Construction

Iconic Cladding completed a recent project of ours in a professional manner with clear communication from the first meeting, this clear communication continued throughout the project onsite. Their effort and ongoing upskilling with Health and Safety is second to none locally, along with task specific planning. Nothing asked was too much and the whole team was engaged to deliver the project.

Thomas Evans, Project Manager
Gibbons Naylor

JTB Architects have worked with Iconic Cladding on several notable projects with metal and membrane roofing solutions. Iconic Cladding had an integrated role in the Falcon brae villa, a high-end luxury lodge with 1,000m2 of roof. The building received several awards including an NZIA local award and was featured on the cover of Scope magazine issue 54. The experience JTB Architects have had with Iconic Cladding has shown clear communication and positive problem-solving techniques for projects and clients.

Karl Vercoe
Jerram Tocker Barron Architects

We have been involved in working with Iconic Cladding since they started operations. During that time I have found them to a very reputable and fair in our dealings with them. The quality of service is above other roofing subcontractors in the Nelson region. Their lines of communications are clear and never leave us wondering what is happening or when. We find dealing with Joe and Colin at Iconic a pleasure.

Brian Mazure, Director
IMB Construction Ltd
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