Northern Virginia Residents Want to Know: Is Acrylic and Polycarbonate Sheeting Same As Glass?

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Wednesday, August 27, 2014)

Do you want to use a material similar to glass, but want something that won’t break as easily?  Try acrylic or polycarbonate sheeting for your Northern Virginia home improvement project? Plexiglas and Lexan are both alternatives to standard glass that are most often manufactured into sheeting for easy use.  Both acrylic and polycarbonate sheeting can be used instead of glass in many cases that glass is the preferred material.  There are many reasons that people will choose these materials over standard glass.    People sometimes choose these materials as a more durable, long lasting options.  Sometimes it is the safety factor that is the most important reason to choose a glass substitute.   In gene they sometimes choose Plexiglas or Lexan as a safer alternative to glass. Do you know the difference between acrylic and polycarbonate sheeting?  Both Plexiglas and Lexan are name brands....acrylic is Plexiglas and polycarbonate is Lexan.  Something to keep in mind is that the brand names and the generic names are frequently used interchangeably.  It is important to know that although the basic material is the same there are subtle differences in each brand name.  Thus, if you have questions about a brand name contact the manufacturer for more information.  There are many different brands names for each glass alternative.  For example, if you go in to a store and ask for Plexiglas or acrylic sheeting you may get:

  • Lucite

  • Acrylite

  • Perspex

Also, if you go into a home improvement store and ask for Lexan or polycarbonate sheeting, you may get:

  • Makrolon

  • Makroclear

  • ArcoPlus

Are you confused over whether you should choose use Plexiglas or Lexan?  Acrylic or Polycarbonate? ABC Glass and Mirror, Inc. is your local glass shop and can help determine what glass alternative will work best for your home improvement project.  Call and speak with one of our glass experts at 703-257-7150 for more information.      

 

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