Acrylic is a very versatile material and is used for a wide range of applications. It is used to manufacture or fabricate a variety of specialised and common everyday items like shower doors are enclosures, plastic display cases and point of sale displays, shelves, coffee tables and so much more. Basically, it is a form of clear plastic that looks very similar to glass, but has certain properties that makes it a great (and often preferred) alternative to the said material.
For one, the transparency rate of acrylic is around 93% (depending on the quality of course) which is pretty much the same as glass. In the case of thick glass sheets, there is an observable green tint, whereas acrylic is able to retain its transparency despite its thickness. Acrylic also comes in different variants aside from clear acrylic. There are coloured acrylics, and even comes in mirrored or frosted treatments. Some studies and researches have also found that acrylic has better insulation properties when compared to glass. With regards to being used as windows in sheds or garages, this makes them much more effective in keeping cold or hot air inside the room, which then helps to reduce cooling or heating bills significantly.
There are two common kinds of acrylic that is being sold in the market today – extruded acrylic and cast acrylic. They may look the same when seen from afar, but closer inspection and some research will show that they do differ in many different ways. These differences is actually one of the factors that explains the why one is more expensive than the other. Knowing these differences is important, and will help you to determine which of the two will be more suitable for your acrylic design and fabrication needs. In this article, we’ll take a look at extruded acrylic, what it is, what its features are, and the different advantages it has over cast acrylic.