Insulated panel roofing structure installed by Versatile Structures

The benefits of insulated panel roofing

 Jamie Howard      In

Australia’s harsh weather can challenge the durability and longevity of traditional roofing materials and using standard materials could be expensive in the long run, especially when you must do frequent repairs and replacements. Choosing insulated panel roofing can be more cost-effective while ensuring quick installation without the need to build additional structural support, insulation, sarking, plasterboard, mesh, purlins, and trusses.

What is insulated panel roofing?

Insulated panel roofing is a combination of corrugated roofing, insulation, and ceiling in one durable, functional, and attractive panel. This all-in-one roofing solution provides a prefinished ceiling-like underside and outstanding cooling performance.

Can you walk on insulated roof panels?

Yes, it is possible to walk on insulated roof panels, as the supported section of the roof can easily withstand weights of up to 150 kilograms.

Are insulated roof panels fire rated?

Insulated roof panels are suitable for use in Bushfire locations and can also be used as the structural wall, roof, and floor components in all BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) zones.

What is the most fire-resistant insulation?

Mineral wool: With a high melting temperature, mineral wool is an insulation material that is a great fit for thermal applications because of its superior fire-resistant properties.

Here are more reasons to consider using insulated roof panels:

Durable and resistant to harsh conditions

Also known as sandwich panel roofing, insulated roof panels are revolutionary structural solutions combining insulation, the ceiling, and the roof in one, making them thermally efficient and extremely weather tight. High-quality insulated polycarbonate roof panels are durable and can resist harsh weather conditions while possessing high insulation R values, meaning they can effectively resist heat flow. The panels are made of non-combustible steel, making them helpful in preventing fires from spreading. It’s a great feature when your area is prone to wildfires.

Design flexibility

Insulated panel roofing is available in different designs, colours, and finishes. Manufacturers and installers can customise modular widths too. That means you can customise your roof to suit your aesthetic needs. Installers will work with you and consider the properties of your building to calculate the appropriate size, especially for the insulation thickness.

Something for every need

Insulated polycarbonate roof panels can be installed on a roof or wall. They are available in different weights, thermal insulating materials, sound insulation and fire-resistant properties. Manufacturers use cores like EPS (expanded polystyrene), rigid cellular plastic, PIR (polyurethane), polyisocyanurate, or mineral wood.

Better lifespan

The load-carrying capacity of the insulated panel roofing must be based on the load it will carry, environmental conditions, technical specifications of the components, and design. These factors will affect the longevity of every panel. High-quality insulated polycarbonate roof panels should last at least 20 years, but you should conduct routine maintenance, cleaning, and checks at least once a year to prolong their lifespan.


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    Jamie Howard - Director

    Co-founder and Director Jamie has been hands-on in the shade and steel industry since leaving school. With over 15 years’ experience in shade, membrane and steel projects, Jamie is excited about the design opportunities shade structures offer in the commercial and industrial sectors. Jamie’s extensive design skills give him a competitive edge in situations with technical design complexity. He has won two personal industry awards for his designs, alongside many company-won awards.