What Is Acrylic?

Acrylic is an extremely versatile material that has many uses in business and day to day life. First produced in 1928, it’s benefits often make it more desirable than glass or other products, standing the test of time and constantly becoming useful in different ways.

Also known as PMMA, acrylic is made through a process called polymerisation, or the joining together of two substances to create a new one. The end result will have new characteristics and properties, which will lend themselves to uses that the separate materials may not have been suitable for.

Available in a wide variety of colours and easy to clean with regular soap and water, acrylic is easy to cut with standard equipment, making it accessible to anyone who is undertaking a bit of DIY in the home. It will also suit larger scale projects for business purposes, with the durability and strength to suit your needs. There is a wide variety of options for you to choose from too, such as a range of colours, clear, fluorescent or frosted finishes, high gloss, tinted and more.

We have put together some of the benefits and uses for acrylic, which will hopefully help you to get the ideas flowing!

Benefits of Acrylic

  • It is a strong and stiff material
  • Durable for a variety of different projects
  • It is half the weight of glass, but with much more impact resistance
  • Acrylic bonds well to adhesives
  • Highly scratch-resistant
  • Has a clear optical clarity
  • Long-lasting in all weather conditions
  • It is thermoplastic, meaning it can be heated to melting point and then cool without major degradation

Popular Uses for Acrylic

  • Replacement windows for sheds and greenhouses
  • For creating signage
  • Can be used to make protection screens for customers and staff
  • Refreshing the tops of chairs and tables
  • Kitchen or bathroom splashbacks
  • Adding a secondary windowpane
  • Popular for picture framing
  • Replacing cabinet doors in the kitchen
  • Make exhibition display boards
  • Protection shields and visors
  • Replace broken fridge and freezer shelves
  • Childproofing the home
  • Making shelves for the home

Browse our full range of acrylic and you will be sure to find what you need to suit your home or business needs.



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