Acrylic is a synthetic plastic material that is often confused by consumers who know it as acrylic glass, Lucite, Plexiglas or by its brand name - Plexiglas. In reality, all of these labels are describing the same product, a versatile material that is light in weight but is an extremely strong and flexible building material.
Frosted acrylic is one of the more popular configurations of acrylic glass and is often used in applications where the diffusion of light is important.
- Acrylic is less dense than regular glass. It is also a lot more flexible than glass and is generally easier to cut to size and fit into place.
- Acrylic is stronger than glass. This is very important if you are using it in a place that can get hit or exposed to impacts from foot traffic.
- Acrylic is a better insulator than glass, about 20% on an equal comparison basis.
- Frosted acrylic panels will let in more light than a comparable glass panel that has an opaque, sand blasted surface.
Benefits & Strengths
- Being lighter than glass, acrylic is easier to transport and easier to manage on a construction site. It can be stacked on a pallet with little concern of damage or breakage. This is not the case with regular glass.
- Another key benefit of frosted acrylic glass is its light diffusion properties that allow a large percentage of the ambient light to travel through the panels while maintaining the opaque visual characteristics that are often needed for privacy.
- Lastly, acrylic is relatively east to cut, drill, and fasten into place without risk of breakage or damage. Ultimately, this makes for lower construction costs.