Cheap acrylic sheets (XT)

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Everything you need to know about cheap acrylic sheets

Cheap acrylic sheet, or extruded acrylic, is the most economical choice if you are looking for glass for applications that don’t receive intensive use. Think of windows for gazebos, log cabins, greenhouses, customised shop displays, secondary glazing and door awnings. On the other hand, cheap acrylic is harder to process than moulded acrylic. If you aren’t going to machine the sheet yourself, then budget acrylic sheet is a smart choice. Also good to know: cheap acrylic is 30 x stronger and 2 x lighter than regular glass.

Applications of cheap acrylic sheet

Budget acrylic lends itself well to simple projects, such as home-made office accessories, a tablet holder or a shelter for a rabbit run. It’s also easy to create a useful display cabinet with the help of special acrylic glue.

Tip: Bored with your table lamp? Make your own acrylic light cube.

Types of budget acrylic sheet

In our range of cheap acrylic sheet, you will find 4 types: crystal clear, opal (milky white), white and black. The opal-white type is often seen used in advertising and design applications, such as lightboxes. The crystal clear variant is mainly used to make windows for garden sheds, summerhouses and greenhouses. The sheet thicknesses that we offer vary from 2 mm to 15 mm. The exact thickness of the acrylic sheet you need will depend on what you want to use it for.

Options for working with extruded acrylic sheet

Due to the production method (extruding) of cheap acrylic, there is tension in this type of material. This tension is released when you saw or drill into it. As a result, the chance of cracks and fractures is greater than with cast acrylic but with the right preparation and tools, extruded acrylic can still be processed and glued reasonably well.

Tip: Do you want to be able to process acrylic sheet without any worries? Then opt for our robust cast acrylic sheets.

Properties of cheap acrylic

  • 30 x as strong and 2 x as light as traditional glass
  • UV resistant
  • Moisture resistant
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor applications

Maintenance of acrylic sheet

Cleaning and continuing to keep acrylic clean requires a little more attention than cleaning traditional glass. 


At Plasticsheetsshop we offer a wide selection of cheap acrylic sheets, also known as Extruded Acrylic or Acrylic XT. Extruded acrylic is the affordable way to go for relatively stress-free applications. For example, it is suitable for windows and information displays. We can supply cheap acrylic in a thickness ranging from 2 to 15 millimetres. Our range includes the colours: clear, opal, mirrored acrylic, white and black. Compared to cast acrylic the price advantage can be considerable. This is due to the production method where less raw material is needed to create the same amount of extruded sheeting. However, this cheaper production method does introduce internal tension into the finished product. This tension makes cheap acrylic sheets more prone to break or splinter during further processing at home. Cheap acrylic is the solid, affordable choice if no further alterations are required. And we are happy to cut any sheets to your exact requirements. This will ensure your work has smooth edges which are safe and true.

Characteristics of cheap acrylic sheets (XT)

Cheap acrylic, otherwise known as Extruded Acrylic or Acrylic XT, is made by pouring liquid raw material out into large sheets. Next, the acrylic sheets are heavily rolled until they reach the required thickness. Compared to cast acrylic, extruded acrylic has the advantage that less raw material is needed to create the same amount of finished product. The continuous rolling process does however result in a material with a higher level of internal tension. This tension is released whenever the product is sawn or drilled, and the risk of splintering and cracking will be much greater than with cast acrylic.

With the right preparations and tools, cheap acrylic sheets are still relatively easy to handle. Furthermore, extruded acrylic sheets are much stronger than traditional glass. They are 30 times more impact resistant even though they only weigh half as much. Cheap acrylic is a smart choice for static applications which are likely to involve little mechanical stress, such as townhouse windows, greenhouses, as well as shop displays. If you are planning a DIY project and you are not sure if cheap acrylic is the best choice for you, please contact us.

Order cheap acrylic cut to size

Order budget acrylic sheets quickly and easily in the thickness that you need. We will cut it for you and deliver the order as soon as possible. You will receive updates about the status of your order via email.


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