What is Acrylic

Though it's been around since the 1930s, acrylic is still widely used today as an alternative to glass. While it resembles glass in its clear and colorless nature, its durability and light weight make it a better alternative in a variety of settings. Acrylic today is used in greenhouses, medical equipment, aquariums, and an array of other settings, making it one of the more versatile materials used today.

Acrylic Fabrication is proud to offer a variety of acrylic coffee tables and end tables to those seeking quality and clear furniture. Our furniture has less visual density, making any space look larger. You can also combine our acrylic products with old pieces to give a room an eclectic look. If you're interested in our acrylic furniture, we ship our products within one day! Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about acrylic.

What is Acrylic?

Acrylic is a clear, high-grade plastic material that resembles glass. While it's technically a form of plastic, it's unfair to compare acrylic to the low-grade varieties that can yellow over time and scratch easily. Acrylic is clear and durable, and unlike glass, any scratches can be buffed out. For its durability and lighter weight, acrylic is a better alternative for products that would otherwise be made of glass.

You might have heard a few different names for acrylic. Lucite, Plexiglas and Perspex are some of the popular names for the material. These brand names offer similar versions of the material, but not all acrylic is made equal. Lower quality acrylic is not truly "water white", which refers to its clarity. It can also become discolored over time, and with ample exposure to the sun. But higher quality acrylic remains colorless despite sun exposure.

Different Uses for Acrylic

Acrylic has existed since the 1930s. It was used as a replacement for glass windows on airplanes as early as World War II, because acrylic was not only lighter but more durable than glass. And over the years its uses have expanded to aquarium tanks, use in prisons and malls, and in commercial buildings. Acrylic is nowadays a common replacement for glass in a variety of settings. Corporate buildings, skylights, and small aquariums are often fabricated with acrylic.

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