Acrylic Mirror vs Glass Mirror

Using acrylic mirror in place of a glass mirror is becoming an increasingly popular trend for DIY and construction projects. We take a closer look at the acrylic material to see what makes it such a popular alternative and to see whether glass can still be useful.

Acrylic Mirror

  • Acrylic mirror is lightweight, making it easy to manoeuvre and fix into place.
  • It is impact resistant and shatterproof, perfect for using in areas where health and safety is a concern.
  • They have easy to clean surfaces, that are less likely to stain or smear.
  • Popular for use in areas such as gyms, horse stables, dance studios, schools and public areas, where impact may be a risk and attention to public safety is required.
  • They are UV resistant and will not discolour.
  • It is a strong and durable material.
  • Easy to cut into shape as required without chipping or splintering.
  • Cost effective for large amounts of acrylic mirror.
  • Acrylic mirror should not be used outdoors as it may absorb moisture if exposed to high humidity or damp environments. Use aluminium composite mirror instead.

Glass Mirror

  • Glass will not warp or become distorted.
  • If used in thick width measurements, glass is surprisingly strong.
  • Glass will offer a perfect reflection as a mirror.
  • If you are buying a decorative mirror, most designs on the market will be made from glass as this has been the traditional material over the years.

Key Differences

  • Acrylic is not as rigid as glass.
  • Acrylic may absorb moisture if used outside, so use glass or aluminium composite mirror instead.
  • Acrylic mirror is much lighter than glass, making it easier to move around and putting less pressure on the surface you attach it to than glass.
  • Glass is heavier than acrylic, so not as versatile or easy to mount.
  • Acrylic mirror is more prone to warping when being fixed whereas glass will not. If you still wish to use acrylic, ensure that you mount it onto a flat surface to avoid this.
  • Acrylic mirrors can be curved or bent, whereas glass must remain flat.
  • Glass mirror will offer a perfect reflection, whereas some types of acrylic mirror have less reflective quality than others.
  • Glass is harder to drill holes into, with the risk of splintering or shattering.

The benefits of using acrylic mirror outweigh those of using traditional glass. It is less problematic when being cut to size, easier to install and is safer when in position, particularly if it’s in a public area. At Cut Plastic Sheeting we offer a wide range of acrylic mirror options and would be happy to discuss with you how it would benefit your project.


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