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12/20/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

at least for my car. She did turnover this morning despite the single digit temps. She did strain a bit though, but she made it. It must have been my tender care over the last few weeks as well as my sweet words of encouragement.

I am worried about the long term though. I'd hate to always worry if I'll be able to get out of Dodge in a reasonable time. I think that applying some info that my artist/architect Greek born Londoner pal Niko sent to me would be just the solution. How bout a polycarbonate garage?

I talked to my landlord about it today at the Cafe, she seemed intrigued. Here is a step by step manual on how to do a livable house! A garage would be a snap! Tell me what you think. This may make for a great Tremont pseudo-Amish barnraising!

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Comment from: niko [Visitor]
nikoSteve,

polycarbonate is a great material and would make a great skin for a garage or any other building but you'ld still need a well designed basic structure behind it to keep it up and sturdy as well as proper construction details. (the "hut" in the link is more like a temporary structure based on a less demanding brief)

I am guessing that the cost of using polycarbonate sheets could be greater than your typical siding. On the other hand some of its benefits are:

Translucency
Elegant/ Minimalist appearance

Considerable enviromental benefits such as: Improved natural lighting within your garage. Improved thermal properties, (R-Value). May help provide slightly warmer interior envrironmental conditions since polycarbonate can trap solar energy during cold, sunny winter days. You may need some form of shading in summer (trees) but due to its bright color it does not overheat nearly as bad as your typical shigles.

It may be a good idea to use polycarbonate on just part of the buildings envelope.
12/22/05 @ 09:56
Comment from: steveg [Member] Email
stevegThanks for the advice, Niko. I figured some reinforcement would be necessary to withstand the wind as well as the volume of snow. For summer, we may just hinge the walls to make it more of a carport, than a garage. How does Poly carb stand up to UV radiation?
12/23/05 @ 08:36
Comment from: niko [Visitor]
nikoPolycarbonate sheets are increasingly used in buildings so they should be quite resistant to the elements, including UV radiation. There are several types out in the market, with considerable variations in their physical properties, offering different performance characteristics - so, I'd suggest you consult the various manufacturers before deciding which type suits best your specific application, site and even climate conditions/environmental.

12/23/05 @ 11:50