Optical Transmission: Acrylic can transmit up to 92% visible light, whereas glass usually transmits 80-90%. UV Blocking: Acrylic is capable to providing 99% UV blocking, whereas most standard grade glass blocks almost none. Weight: Acrylic weighs approximately 50% less than glass.

How can you tell the difference between glass and acrylic?

Glass is slightly more translucent than acrylic sheet, allowing in a little more light. The difference is only minor but might be a key factor in some situations. Another benefit of glass is that it isn’t UV sensitive – acrylic sheets sometimes fade when exposed to bright sunlight for extended periods.

Which is cheaper acrylic or glass?

While glass is cheaper to purchase and more easily recycled than acrylic, acrylic is stronger, more shatter resistant and resistant to the elements and erosion than glass. Depending on how it is manufactured, it can be either more scratch resistant than glass or extremely scratch- and impact-resistant.

Why is acrylic used instead of glass?

Impact resistance – Acrylic has higher impact resistance than glass. In case of any damage, acrylic will not shatter into small pieces but instead, will crack. Acrylic sheets can be used as greenhouse plastic, playhouse windows, shed windows, perspex mirrors airplane windows etc. as an alternative to glass.

Which is clearer acrylic or glass?

Acrylic admits up to 92% of light, making it optically clearer than standard plate glass. In fact, clear acrylic can be made up to 33cm thick and still remain completely clear!

What is the disadvantage of acrylic?

Perspex sheets melt at high temperatures or from exposure to direct flames. The melting point for acrylic plastic is 160 degrees C, so they cannot withstand extreme temperatures. Acrylic is tough and durable, but can also be easily scratched.

Does acrylic scratch easily?

Acrylic can scratch easily, so avoid contact with sharp or abrasive items. If you want to place a metal or similarly hard-edged object on top of an acrylic table or tray, Von Furstenberg suggests adhering felt pads to the underside of the piece to prevent it from scraping against the delicate surface.

Is acrylic stronger than glass?

How Acrylic Compares to Glass. Impact Resistance: Acrylic has a higher impact resistance than glass. It is also 10 times more shatter resistant than glass.

Is acrylic a glass or plastic?

Acrylic is an incredibly useful plastic for applications requiring transparency where high impact resistance is not an issue. Acrylic is very scratch resistant compared to other clear plastics.