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FAQ: How Weather Resistant is Clear Acrylic?

When it comes to outdoor projects, the durability and resilience of materials are of paramount concern. A frequently asked question we encounter pertains to the weather resistance of clear acrylic sheeting.

Understanding Clear Acrylic’s Attributes: Clear acrylic is a popular choice for outdoor applications, such as shed windows and greenhouses. One of its standout features is its robust resistance to various weather conditions. But how does it fare over the long term?

  1. Exceptional Weather Resistance: Unlike many general-purpose plastics, acrylic showcases impressive resistance to environmental elements. It can endure high levels of UV light, salinity from sea sprays, and drastic temperature shifts—all without showing signs of wear like shattering, fogging, or losing its sheen.

  2. Longevity: An added bonus of using clear acrylic is its longevity. Not only is it durable, but it’s also known to retain its integrity for up to 30 years outdoors. This makes it a prime material for garden structures, mirroring the beauty of glass but without the susceptibility to mildew, moss, and other blemishes that tend to mar the surface of glass over time.

  3. Colour Variations: While clear acrylic is celebrated for its resilience, it’s worth noting that coloured acrylic behaves slightly differently. Although still durable and strong, coloured acrylic might show signs of wear more quickly under prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. However, its vibrancy and ability to resist dirt and mould are still commendable.

Conclusion: Clear acrylic offers an unparalleled combination of clarity, beauty, and endurance, making it an ideal choice for outdoor applications. For those considering its use or keen to explore our range of acrylic sheeting options, especially clear acrylic tailored for greenhouses and sheds, we invite you to visit our main website.

For more information on Acrylic, Perspex, MDF, Dibond and Polycarbonate please visit our Guide and Blog sections of the website.


Cut Plastic Sheeting are based on the south Coast in Ivybridge, Devon UK. We have a full manufacturing facility which enables us to offer Cut To Size Acrylic as well as Cut To Size MDF. Shop our full range of products, including our Clear Acrylic, coloured acrylic and more recent MDF Wood Sheet ranges.


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