Acrylic glass or Plexiglass is a lightweight, shatter-resistant, and durable alternative to glass that has many versatile uses. First developed way back in 1928, it became more freely available in 1933, when it was first introduced to the market by Rohm and Haas Company. It was first used during WWII for airplane windows, turrets, and canopies.
It is a transparent thermoplastic homopolymer and is the synthetic polymer of methyl methacrylate. Its unique properties make it ideal for many uses in homes, commercial buildings, and even for fiber optic cables.
Its physical properties include resistance to impact, optical clarity, and it has weather, UV, and chemical resistance. Even though slightly more expensive than glass, acrylic is ten times stronger. If it does break, acrylic glass fractures into dull-edged pieces. It only has one slight drawback; it scratches easier than glass. However, its strength, flexibility, and versatility make it a popular choice for many applications.
Acrylic plastic is so versatile that it can be formed into sheets, rods, and tubes. It is also available in various thicknesses and can be frosted, mirrored, or non-glare.
Acrylic has found its place for a diverse range of products including aquariums, display cabinets in retail stores, and bulletproof glass. In 2020, here are some surprising ways for you to use it.
Shatter-proof acrylic mirror sheet
If you want to place a mirror in any area with high traffic volume or somewhere where it could fall, then avoid a glass mirror and opt for an acrylic mirror sheet. This can be cut into any classical shape or you can have one custom-made. Laser-cutting is popular and creates unique designs for use in homes, offices, or businesses.
The advantages of an acrylic mirror sheet are that even if it falls or is knocked with something heavy, then it is highly unlikely to break. If it does, it breaks into dull-edged pieces. Being lighter, these acrylic mirrors are easier to transport and handle. They can be hung anywhere, even in a place where you would never dare to hang a glass mirror before.
One of the best advantages of decorating with acrylic mirrors is that even if you don’t want to have them framed, holes can be drilled for bolting them into a wall. This is a fabulous way to create a seamless mirror display.
Plexiglass sheet for pools in super-luxury places
Plexiglass is a chemical resistant and UV resistant. You can lend a touch of luxury to your home by creating a glass infinity pool or a glass-bottomed pool. It is also safer to have a plexiglass pool if you have young children because you can observe them when they are in the water. Many swimming instructors prefer these types of pools because they give them the ability to watch their swimmers’ strokes or dives so that they can be corrected.
Acrylic signage for branding your company logo
Reinforce your brand identity by using acrylic signage in your business. First impressions count, and you can choose from a wide range of thicknesses and finishes. Acrylic is a great material for dimensional signage. The acrylic can be branded with cut lettering, panels, graphics, photography, and precision cut logos. Acrylic signage can be used both indoors and outdoors and is cost-saving, flexible, and durable.
Acrylic speaker box for a clear rhythmic sound
Thicker acrylic is a good material for speaker boxes if you want clear rhythmic sound. These speakers are a lovely addition to any modern home and give your sound system a seamless appeal.
Curved acrylic display cabinet with acrylic sneeze guard
Curved acrylic display cabinets are used for storing and displaying foods in supermarkets and food stores. Food items can be displayed so that shoppers can easily see and choose what they want to purchase, but the foods are protected from viruses and germs.
As the number of people with the coronavirus continues to rise in the U.S. offering extra protection for your employees and customers is essential. Acrylic sneeze guards can be placed in shops, offices, and schools to protect the spread of the infection. The sneeze guards can be placed on top of curved cabinets, at checkout points, and as divisions between office workers and learners.
Fab Glass and Mirror: acrylic solutions
Acrylic glass is so versatile that these are just a few ideas of where you could use it in 2020. See the full range at Fab Glass and Mirror, where you can buy pre-cut plexiglass and acrylic mirrors in various thicknesses, colors, and shapes. All the edges are diamond bit polished for smoothness. If you need something more specific, you can also request custom cut sheets.
Even though it may sometimes appear a bit more expensive for smaller surfaces, its properties make it worthwhile in the long run and will be worth the money spent.