Acrylic Frequently Asked Questions
What is Acrylic Cut To Size?
Acrylic, widely known as Plexiglas™ or Perspex® acrylic is available in a wide range of variants, available in cast and extruded sheet, we can supply Acrylic in a wide range of sheet sizes, cut to size Perspex panels, shapes, thicknesses, colours and textures. Acrylic also offers exciting effects such as gloss, matt, frosted & fluorescent.
Acrylic can be cut using several methods. Onsite we have all process available to give you the best possible finish, methods include panel saw, CNC router and laser cut.
Why use Acrylic?
Acrylic is extremely versatile and can be used in applications as diverse as signs, POS, visual communication, window glazing, acoustics, design, architecture, furniture, kitchen and bathroom splashbacks – the list is almost endless.
What are the advantages of using Acrylic sheet?
- High shock, abrasion and flex resistance
- Excellent weather and UV resistance (applies to clear only)
- Low density / light weight compared with glass
- Clear sheet offers excellent optical clarity
- Comprehensive range of colours and finishes
What size Acrylic Sheets come in?
Standard sheet size is 2440mm x 1220mm from which we can cut to size your required shape however depending on availability sheets can be as large are 2030mm x 3050mm.
What thicknesses does Acrylic come in?
Acrylic comes in 2mm, 3mm, 4.5mm, 6mm,8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 15mm, 20mm, 25mm, 30mm
What are Prismatic Acrylic Light Diffusers?
Prismatic acrylic sheet is a textured acrylic sheet often used as a light diffuser in fluorescent light fittings or similar applications. For more information on the different types please click on any of the images below.
What are the advantages of Polycarbonate (Lexan)?
Polycarbonate commonly known as Lexan is used widely as an impact resistant acrylic. Tough and durable, polycarbonate is usually associated with applications requiring high impact or repeated use.
Significantly stronger than plate glass and acrylic, polycarbonate sheet provides increased protection against high traffic use, vandalism and theft.
Polycarbonate is more dimensionally stable than acrylic over a wide temperature range. And, compared to acrylic, it is only slightly less transparent. Standard polycarbonate doesn’t weather well over time however there are different grades of UV rating that increases its outdoor life.
290x stronger than glass and less than half its weight, offering good UV and fire protection it is ideal for outdoor glazing and buildings that need to be safe and secure
The surface is softer compared to acrylic and polycarbonate sheet is more prone to scratching. Some common uses for Polycarbonate sheet are Machine Guards, Light lenses, Doors, racing car windows, Protective enclosures (Bus shelters etc), safety barriers etc.