In an effort to improve interior lighting, reduce heating costs and increase the view of the sky, many choose to install certain parts of transparent roof. Many homeowners with patios use transparent roofing material to regulate the amount of sun coming in, while maintaining the feeling of an open area. Some people with shelters or other outbuildings that tend towards the recreation side like to have skylights in skylights so they can look at the stars on clear nights.
Many materials can be used to build a clear roof – in this guide we will use polycarbonate panels. We are looking at how to build a simple roof that is clear for gables for a small area such as a patio.
: Take roof measurements and assemble the materials
Before you start working, get accurate measurements of the roof space that I will convert. This will help you get the right material in the desired quantities. In this guide we will design a simple 10×10 clear patio roof. To simplify, we will deal with the pre-built steel frames (you can weld them to any size you prefer). The frame should be made with a three inch slope for drainage. After designing and painting your frame, collect the rest of your materials, including ceiling panels and tools.
Step 2. Installing the frame  To install the frame you need a ladder and someone to help you lift it to the ceiling. With one person on top and another on the ground, the panels are directed up one by one.
First adjust the horizontal roof frame in place. Use the post brackets to hold the frame in place while working with the other structures. Make sure the flat frame is held tight with sturdy steel brackets to avoid accidents. Lift the other frames one at a time and adjust them in an oblique manner. Tighten the frame with the screws at the main intersection points for stability.
Step 3: Prepare the polycarbonate panels for installation.
The reason we used the 10 foot panels is that the sloping length of the roof may be longer than the other available panel dimensions. Measure the inclined length of the ceiling to determine the necessary panels. If the roof length is less than 10 feet, you only need to use a polycarbonate sheet. If the ceiling length is longer than the panel, you must cut one piece from a new panel to complete the entire section.
To minimize the work when installing the panels, make all measurements twice and then cut the pieces with the circular power saw. Also use the drill bit to create holes in the steel frame at the points where you intend to screw the panels.
Step 4: Install the polycarbonate panels
The only remaining part is mounting the panels in the right place. Place the panels one by one as you screw them into the steel frame. Be sure to extend at least one foot of the polycarbonate panel outside the water drain frame. To ensure that the sheets are holding well, place the foam strips along the steel frame. These provide good ground for the screws and help ensure that the panels are not scratched by the steel frame.
Step 5: Add the roof protector
After installing the panels, measure the roof caps and cut a piece that fits the horizontal length of your roof. Attach the cover and screw it with the 2.5 inch screws so that you hold on to mount the ceiling. With that you have your transparent ceiling!
Always use protective equipment when working on a roof. Wear a dust cover and gloves with closed shoes and exercise standard precautions when using the drill and power saw. Such tools can cause injury if mistreated.