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Old 09-11-2014, 07:01 PM   #1
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Replacing windows with polycarbonate and/or Lexan

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I’m thinking of installing polycarbonate in my window framesto replace my fogged/creeping seal windows. I would appreciate any input or ifanyone has done this if they could share their experience and how your Lexan windows are holding up.

I feel that because they are side windows they really do nottake a beating like the windshield so they should hold up well. I do not careabout the insulation factor or the sound factor.

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Doesn't Lexan turn yellow with age, and craze after repeated exposure to the sun?
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Lexan is pretty expensive too. Very durable but expensive.
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If you use polycarbonate, I'd suggest getting it with a scratch resistant coating. It is very durable then. As you probably know, Lexan is just a trade name for polycarbonate (used to be GE, but they sold the plastics business). Polycarbonate in sheet form is very UV resistant so cracking and crazing is unlikely. I've seen PC used for boat windshields and it holds up very well.
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What would be the advantage? I'd wait till after I took them apart to see how bad the glass is.
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Below is a link for scratch resistant PC.
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I would be far more concerned about the fire factor.
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As a window cleaner, anything but glass is gonna eventually scratch no matter what you do to it
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As a window cleaner, anything but glass is gonna eventually scratch no matter what you do to it
recently had to replace a dinning room window on my warrior, with lexan, works fine, also bullet proof????Herb,
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Poly carb is a great material but unless you get the scratch resistant type it will look work that what you are trying to replace in a very short time.

Also need to keep in mind that the scratch resistant must be cleaned with special cleaners or it will peel off and look terrible as well.
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