For many of us, spending weekends performing DIY tasks is an enjoyable experience. Not only is it a great way of picking up new skills and improving our home, but it also can save us money and time in waiting to find a builder who has the capacity to work on a project. When it comes to doing DIY, having the right tools and equipment to do a good job is very important. Something that is always a great option is polycarbonate, and here at The Glazing Shop, we sell this to many amateur builders looking to do some work on their property across the UK.

We’ve created this guide to let you know what makes polycarbonate so good for DIY, so let’s take a look.

What Makes Polycarbonate So Good for DIY? 

Unless you are highly skilled in a certain trade, most home builders don’t have the same level of expertise and knowledge as professionals. This means that you need to look products that make the task at hand a little simpler. One of these ways is by using polycarbonate in your roof.

There are many reasons this is a great choice for a DIY project, and here are three key ones:

Lightweight & Easy to handle

Unlike some alternatives such as glass, polycarbonate is a really lightweight material. What this means is that it is easy to transport, and a lot simpler to carry and lay in place. Glass can also be difficult to handle safely therefore polycarbonate can be a better choice.


If you’re an amateur builder, you may not have the skills or tools required to cut, your building materials. Polycarbonate is a really good choice in these circumstances, as it can be cut to size for you free of charge. What this means is that a lot of the hard work is done for you, and all you have to do is install it and you’re good to go.


Most people who are looking to do a spot of DIY are probably wanting to keep the costs as low as possible. Polycarbonate is a great choice for this and certainly doesn’t lack in quality despite its lower cost. This means you can achieve great results without breaking the bank, which is always a positive when it comes to these kinds of projects.

These are just a section of the great reasons polycarbonate is ideal for DIY, and if you’re thinking of using some for your project, then here are three great uses for it.

3 DIY Projects That Are Perfect for Polycarbonate


If you have a seating area in your garden, such as a patio, it is always a great idea to add a canopy. Not only will this provide cover from rain, but it can also help to add some protection from the sun. Polycarbonate sheets are ideal for canopy roofs as they are lightweight, so can be held easily on the structure of a canopy, but they also allow natural light through, so you won’t feel like you’re too sheltered. Adding some polycarbonate can really transform a space and turn a small piece of decking into a seating area that is perfect for any weather. Installation is a simple procedure, which makes this perfect for DIY.


A really popular choice for polycarbonate is for your greenhouse. This material is absolutely ideal for this, as the excellent light transmission properties along with the lightweight and impact-resistant nature make for the perfect environment for growing plants. Using polycarbonate, you can construct a new greenhouse structure or use it to replace damaged or broken glass panes.

Polycarbonate is a great way of giving your plants and produce everything they need to grow and providing a sheltered and safe environment for them to do so.

Conservatory Roofing 

Polycarbonate is often used for roofing in structures such as conservatories. There are many reasons for this, but a key one is that it provides great UV protection and insulation. This means that anyone sitting underneath can rest assured they won’t be exposed to much UV but can still get all of the heat and light benefits that the conservatory is built for. While this may be a tricker structure to build than others, and safety measures must be taken if working at height, polycarbonate is much easier to install on a roof than glass (just take a look at our guide to learn more about the process).

Polycarbonate from The Glazing Shop 

If you think there is an element of your home that may benefit from the addition of some polycarbonate, then why not head over to The Glazing Shop.

We have a wide range of polycarbonate of varying thicknesses that can be cut to just the right size for your project, meaning all you have to do is install it and your project is complete.

Want to know more? Or need more advice on how polycarbonate can help you? Then get in touch with our team today on 01536 446395. We will be glad to help.