Is Polycarbonate the same as Plexiglass? Acrylic / Plexiglass
No, they are not. Plexiglass is a brand name that is interchangeably used with Acrylic and therefore, a completely different material from Polycarbonate. When compared, Polycarbonate is stronger and less impact resistant.
Plexiglass vs Plexiglas® Acrylic / Plexiglass
In layman's terms, Plexiglas® is made from acrylic, and plexiglass is a generic term used interchangeably to describe both the name brand and the material itself.
Is Plexiglass suitable for outdoor applications? Acrylic / Plexiglass
Absolutely. Acrylic plastic is very well suited for outdoor applications. This is because it offers great weather resistance, allowing it to be left outdoors without yellowing or any other significant degrading. Especially in the form of a clear acrylic sheet, it can sustain high levels of UV light, extreme cold, and heat, withstanding temperatures of 180F without beginning to soften. It can also come into contact with saltwater without compromising any structural integrity.
It can also be used in high traffic areas as it is scratch-resistant and highly durable compared to many other kinds of plastic and glass - that can chip or break on impact.
Experts at ShapesPlastics though recommend that you exercise caution based on the application of the material. For example, colored acrylic isn’t recommended for outdoor applications as its liable to fade in direct sunlight. Also, depending on the application, a stronger or more heat-resistant plastic may be more appropriate such as Polycarbonate for roof panels and storm windows.
Is Plexiglass the same as Acrylic glass? Acrylic / Plexiglass
Yes, they are both used interchangeably.
Is Plexiglass insulating? Acrylic / Plexiglass
Plexiglass has a higher insulation value than glass. Plexiglass sheets are often also used for secondary windows.
Is Plexiglass soundproof? Acrylic / Plexiglass
Plexiglass and glass both offer similar soundproofing characteristics. Compared to glass, Plexiglass is a more cost-effective solution that offers better dampening and absorption, which means you can potentially double it up for increased effect. Plexiglass is often used as a secondary window in buildings and hospitality industries such as hotels and restaurants as noise barriers.
Can you use Plexiglass for a greenhouse? Acrylic / Plexiglass
Due to its great weather ability and durability, plexiglass is a popular material amongst hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers. Acrylic sheets effectively combine the features of glass with that of plastic. It is resistant to chemicals, heat, and snow, lightweight, offers great optical clarity, cheaper to buy and easier to handle during construction. Plexiglass is more economical during the colder months as it traps heat, which means less cost of heating your greenhouse.
This makes plexiglass the ideal building material for greenhouses.
Custom Order Requirements Acrylic / Plexiglass
ShapesPlastics is your go-to for your Plexiglass needs. We offer a variety of plexiglass sheets in many popular brands and different thicknesses and grades. We are backed by the industry's most knowledgeable sales team, have extensive experience, and can, with sufficient information, make a good estimate of the thickness to be used. If you need a larger sheet, request a free quote via the contact page.