Acrylic plastic is commonly used in the construction industry and has characteristics similar to that of glass but has high impact resistance and is therefore much stronger. It serves a variety of purposes and is usually used in windows, bathrooms, gardens and in many other parts of a building. Let’s have a look at how acrylic plastic is built and how it can be used around the average home.
Formation of acrylic plastic
This synthetic material is a polymer in nature, which means that it is the product of carbon molecules combined together. This combination gives it several qualities such as being formable and durable. Acrylic plastic can be made in the form of flat sheets, rods or moulding powder.
Properties & benefits of acrylic sheets
Being pliant and formable, acrylic sheets can be shaped in any way you choose. They can also be tinted or made opaque or even mirrored. Through various coatings, they can be made solar reflective, scratch-resistant and can also prevent fogginess. These sheets are excellent electric insulators as well. Moreover, they do not yellow very quickly and can be used in any type of weather. They can be cleaned rather easily with soap and water. However, acrylic sheets expand and contract like glass and can also be highly combustible.
Uses of acrylic sheets in homes and offices
Windows & skylights
In households, acrylic sheets are used in windows and skylights. Being similar to glass but more resistant to breakage, cracking and much more resilient to various weather conditions, acrylic sheets act as an excellent substitute to glass.
Cabinets and tabletops
Having a glossy surface, acrylic sheets look good on cabinets as they give the kitchen a fresh look. If you have worn out cabinets, this is a quick way to hide their wear and tear. Similarly, the glassy surface of the acrylic plastic can be used on tabletops and shelves.
Bathroom enclosures can be built using acrylic sheets as they are easy to install and last for years, giving your bathroom an aesthetically pleasing look. Another advantage of using acrylic sheets in bathrooms is that the overall budget turns out to be much more economical.
Whiteboards and partitions
In an office, having a smooth reflective exterior and interior is common as it gives the place a more sophisticated and professional outlook. In such case, acrylic sheets are used instead of conventional whiteboards in offices. These sheets are also used for the purpose of partitioning between different departments.
People who like creating different items for the purpose of home décor make use of acrylic sheets more often. As mentioned before, acrylic plastic is pliable and can be cut and shaped according to the requirements very easily, so it acts as a valuable material in artwork.
Easy on the pocket
In addition to being useful, acrylic sheets can be purchased at PKR 12,000 to PKR 12,500 per sheet. If you have any views regarding acrylic plastic, don’t forget to share them in the comment box below!