US Liner Introduces Translucent Roof Materials for Dry Vans

01 August 2017

US Liner Introduces Translucent Roof Materials for Dry Vans

US Liner has developed a translucent roof option for dry vans based on a new composite material. BXR Series T-Roof panels establish new benchmarks in durability and performance, the company claims.

“Earlier translucent roof materials could not hold up to the rigours of the trucking industry," explains Michael LaRocco, US Liner's President. "They were fragile, prone to puncture and tear from low-hanging trees and other objects. More importantly, over time, UV rays caused the thermoset materials to become brittle.”

According to LaRocco, the mere mention of translucent roof as an OEM option was quickly dismissed. While fleet owners appreciated the bright interiors the roofs provided, they didn’t like the poor performance and constant need for repair and replacement.

“Our customers wanted something better," he reports. "That’s when we set our product development team loose to create a better solution, using proven, US Liner materials.”

BXR Series T-Roof panels are engineered with a five-layer construction using durable Versitex and Bulitex materials. The panels are reinforced with continuous woven and non-woven glass fibres. 

“For the first time, BXR T-Roof permits us to provide a translucent roof product that can withstand the rigours of loading and unloading," reports Jeff Meek, US Liner’s VP, Sales and Marketing. "BXR provides a high level of light transmittance, while reducing radiant heat absorption, commonly found with first-generation translucent materials.”

Meek reports that customer response has exceeded expectations.

“Essentially, BXR T-Roof has caused fleet owners to rethink what they’ve come to expect from translucent roof performance,” he says.

US Liner states that key performance attributes of BXR T-Roof include:

  • over five-times the tear resistance of the best fibreglass roofs;
  • super-bright, white surface deflects radiant heat to maintain a cooler interior;
  • excellent UV protection deters cracking and crazing from sun and weather;
  • water-resistant, five-layer construction resists rot, corrosion and mildew;
  • easy installation to standard roof bows using traditional adhesives.

“In addition to BXR’s superior performance properties, it is a maintenance friendly material, too," LaRocco adds. "It is easy to clean and is fully field repairable, should the need arise, using a standard heat gun. Minor repairs do not require harsh chemicals, typically used with fibreglass compositions.”

Photo provided by US Liner

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