Acrylic & Polycarbonate Plastic
At Glass Doctor® of North Central Arkansas, our talented specialists are glass experts who know how to fix, install and customize countless glass surfaces. However, our services and expertise doesn't end there. We also know that glass isn't always the best or safest option. If you need a tougher or more flexible surface for your business, home or construction project, we'll happily supply and install polycarbonate or acrylic sheets instead.
These heavy-duty plastic sheets have countless applications. The following features make them versatile, especially compared with glass and sensitive thermoplastics:
- Insulation ability
- Not hazardous
Polycarbonate Benefits & Applications
Polycarbonate is more flexible and impact-resistant than acrylic panes, and it won't chip or crack due to high impact damage or bending. Its flexibility makes it a great material for curved surfaces and surfaces with sharp angles. Because it's bulletproof, flame-resistant, electrically non-conductive and shatterproof, it's used more often in industrial spaces than for decorative purposes. Common applications include:
- Dome lights
- Ice skating rink walls
- Viewing windows
- Bank teller windows
- Substitute for sheet metal in electrical and telecommunications hardware (such as capacitors)
- Bullet-resistant vehicle windows
- Windshields in small motorized vehicles
- Drinking glasses in bars and restaurants
Acrylic Benefits & Applications
If you don't need a surface that can withstand significant force, acrylic does have some advantages over polycarbonate. Because an acrylic pane is derived from natural gas alone, rather than a combination of natural gas and petroleum, it won't turn yellow due to prolonged sun exposure. It's also more lightweight, resistant to heat and scratches. You can customize the pane to be tinted, colored or painted. As a result, it's particularly ideal for the following applications:
- Dashboard control cover
- Cell phone, laptop and other device screens
- Rear view and side view mirrors
- Storefront signs
- Fluorescent lighting panels (e.g.. diffusing panels; it protects and hides the bulbs while softening and diffusing the light)
- Illuminated LED displays (e.g.. maps in malls)
- Watch faces
- Jewelry cases
- Fighter plane canopies and control screens
- Helmet visors
- Fiber optic displays
We get all our plastic sheets straight from the experts at Mr. Plastic. This Little Rock business is locally owned, just like us, so we're proud to support them. They're our go-to source for polycarbonate and acrylic because they only stock plastic sheets of the highest quality. Acrylic is available in 1/4 inch- and 1/8 inch-thick sheets, from brands such as Plexiglas® and Lucite®. Polycarbonate brands include Makrolon® and Tuffak®, and 1/16 inch-thick sheets are always available.
We're more than happy to serve our fellow business owners in Heber Springs, Greers Ferry, Prim and the surrounding area, and we also provide plastic sheeting for homes, vehicles, and public spaces that need extra protection. Whether you want to protect your bank with bulletproof panes, prevent broken glass in your restaurant or customize the sign on top of your store, our polycarbonate and acrylic sheets will do the trick.
These materials are more suitable alternatives to glass and other plastics, and they're also full of decorative and industrial potential. Call Glass Doctor of North Central Arkansas today to get started on your own custom installation.