Clear acrylic sheets
At Plasticsheetsshop we stock a wide range of clear acrylic sheets, which we can supply in a thickness from 3 to 30 millimetres and a maximum sheet size of 240 by 100 centimetre. Clear acrylic sheeting is completely colourless and free of the imperfections and discolouration often found in traditional glass. Additionally, it is more impact resistant and only weighs half as much as a glass sheet of the same thickness. We can also supply a cheaper form of clear acrylic, known as acrylic sheets XT. At Plasticsheetsshop we can saw any acrylic sheet to your required size free of charge. The sheets will be ready for delivery within 48 hours. Read more about clear acrylic sheets below.
Characteristics of clear acrylic sheets
We can supply both cast and extruded clear acrylic sheets. Cast acrylic sheets are made by pouring the raw material into moulds to create strong, large sheets. The sheets leave the factory at a standard size of 305 by 205 centimetres. Extruded acrylic sheets are processed by rolling several times to achieve the desired final thickness. And though this method requires less raw material, it does increase the internal tension within the sheet. The internal tension makes extruded acrylic sheets more prone to break when it’s being worked. We therefore recommend cast acrylic sheeting if you intend to alter the surface. To indicate the difference between the two versions, we have named all extruded acrylic sheets ‘Cheap acrylic’. Before choosing an acrylic sheet, we recommend that you consider the project. If it requires working on the acrylic sheet, we would advise to buy a cast acrylic sheet. If there is no need to alter the surface of the material, an extruded acrylic sheet will be a good option.
Clear acrylic plastic is 30 times more impact resistant than regular glass and it has a 92% transparency. This crystal clear material also has the ability to filter UV light, making the sheets suitable for many outdoor applications. For example, they can be used as windows, door canopies, caravan and boat windows and balcony glazing. Clear acrylic is a choice material for DIY projects. The sheets are easy to work with using standard DIY tools. Even without a lot of experience, acrylic sheets can easily be cut, sawed or drilled. Bending an acrylic sheet requires heating it in an oven or with a heat gun. Acrylic is a thermoplastic material, meaning the sheets will soften as they are heated. Compared to regular glass, acrylic only has one main downside: it’s more likely to get scratched.Scratches can be easily removed by polishing the surface. You can order any acrylic sheet cut to size, free of charge! Acrylic sheeting lends itself to a wide range of versatile applications, so please contact us if you would like more information.