What are the advantages of Perspex® & acrylic for curved boat screens & windows?
In this article we take a look at the advantages of Perspex® & acrylic for curved boat screens & windows.
As marine industry specialists, we have been designing and fitting curved boat screens and windows for decades. Working with a range of clients, we know each have their own requirements and budgets.
Boat owners often need guidance.
With a varying range of budgets, and needs to fulfil, being armed with the right information certainly helps.
In this article we cover:
- What is Perspex®
- What is acrylic?
- The advantages of Perspex® for curved boat screens & windows
- The advantages of acrylic for curved boat screens & windows
Looking to learn more? Let’s get started.
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What is Perspex®
According to Wikipedia, Perspex® is part of a group of materials called engineering plastics.
Perspex® is a transparent thermoplastic, which also includes:
- Acrylic glass
Perspex® is typically used in sheet form as a lightweight or shatter-resistant alternative to glass.
It can also be used as a casting resin, in inks and coatings, and for many other purposes.
Is Perspex® glass or plastic?
As mentioned above, Perspex® is a type of plastic. Initially in liquid form, it’s then formed into a strong plastic.
Due to its durability, flexibility and sustainability, Perspex® is one of the best substitutes for glass.
It also makes it the perfect choice for those looking for a curved boat screen or window.
Is Perspex® waterproof and weather resistant?
Absolutely, Perspex® is waterproof and weather resistant.
It is largely unaffected by sun or salt spray.
What is acrylic?
As industry professionals, it’s easy to assume the buyer knows about acrylic, Perspex®, and polycarbonates.
Acrylic is a transparent thermoplastic homopolymer known more often known in the trade as “plexiglass.”
Homopolymer – what’s that?
According to Science Direct:
“A homopolymer is a polymer made from many copies of a single repeating unit.”
Essentially, in plain English, it is formed by applying layer upon layer, of a substance to create a sheet of highly durable plastic.
The advantages of Perspex® for curved boat screens & windows
As mentioned above, Perspex® is a highly durable, waterproof and weather-resistant material.
This makes it the perfect choice for curved boat screens & windows.
It’s durability ensures it stands the test of time.
More to the point, it stands the tests presented by the high seas: sea spray, salt spray, and all the elements.
We offer a range of Perspex® curved boat screens & windows, so if you need some help, give us a call today.
The advantages of acrylic for curved boat screens & windows
Acrylic is a fantastic option for custom and replacement curved boat screens & windows.
Acrylic & Perspex® are part of the same plastic product family, therefore, the advantages are very similar!
When it comes to its suitability for curved boat windows & screens, the main advantages are:
- Shatter resistant
The advantages of Perspex® & acrylic curved boat screens & windows – summary
For image-conscious boat owners, both Perspex® & acrylic offer a range of advantages.
If you are looking for durability, these materials are the perfect choice for curved boat screens & windows.
Both materials can be used for bespoke requirements and are highly water and weatherproof.
Looking for a new or replacement curved boat screen or window?
If you are currently researching your options, or need help finding the right solution for you, call us today on 023 9248 6633.
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