Something translucent: Lexan, plexiglass, marine glass?

Jason YoungMarch 2, 2010

I'm building a new deck that will be approximately 8 feet high. I need to figure out a creative way to allow some natural light to penetrate below.

I have seen some folks recommend lexan planks. I have not priced these but if they are strong enough to walk on, reasonably easy to work with (e.g. drill holes, cut with a power saw, etc.) and doesn't cost a fortune, then this could be a good solution. I suppose I could sandblast the top for texture (doesn't need to be clear).

I found some interesting products called "marine prisms" or "deck prisms" that people used to install in 18th century sailing ships. Big blocks of glass that channel light to dark spaces below. Strong enough to walk on. Some of them have brass rings, which look pretty cool. Kind of expensive.

Any other ideas? I thought about maybe using light tubes (aka sun pipes, sun scopes, solar light pipes, or daylight pipes). Problem here is that they protrude above the surface of the deck.

Any other creative ideas?

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Sundance supply sells a lexann sheet with a two part chanell system that works well. I have used their product on several projects with good results. The white color still lets in light and reflects the sun well. J.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 10:01AM
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Jason Young

Thanks. Will check it out.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2010 at 10:58PM
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