Our Plastic Types and Uses

Our Plastic Types

We have several plastics types that we sell and all have their own use and purpose. The main 3 are:

  • Acrylic
  • Polycarbonate
  • PETG

Here is an overview of these 3 plastics and their characteristics:

 AcrylicPolycarbonatePETG
What is it? Acrylic is a useful, clear, tinted or coloured plastic that resembles glass, but has properties that make it superior to glass in many ways. The technical name is Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) it comes in Extruded or Cast forms. Polycarbonates (PC) are a group of thermoplastic polymers containing carbonate groups in their chemical structures. There are two types sheet or solid and Twin/Multiwall A clear plastic material that is easy to mould called Polyethylene terephthalate or Poly.
What are its main features?
  • Stronger and lighter than glass
  • More impact resistant than glass
  • Better insulator an UV rating than glass
  • It is easy to cut and form to different shapes and sizes
  • Much stronger than Acrylic and PETG
  • Transparent to visible light
  • Can be formed and cut to shapes easily
  • Impact resistant and does not crack or shatter like glass/acrylic
  • Good fire rating self extinguishing
  • Very easy to mould and shape
  • Much stronger than acrylic or glass
  • Good impact resistance
  • Weather resistant
  • High light transmission
What is it commonly used for Shed windows, kitchen and bathroom splashbacks, secondary glazing, shower screens, signs and signage, trophies and awards, decorations and jewellery, Sheet/Solid is used as a glass substitute where strength is important.

Multiwall is used most commonly in roofing for Conservatories, lean-tos, greenhouses etc
Glazing, Bike/bus shelters, Protective shields, Vending machines are some examples
What are the common brands? Plexiglas, Acrylite, Lucite, and Perspex among several others Lexan, Marlon, Makrolon, Palsun and many more Dacron, Terylene
What sort of sizes and colours Sizes are available There are hundreds of colours and finishes available in several thicknesses Mainly comes in clear but also tinted and white, opal, black with sizes from 2mm to over 30 for multiwall Clear only from very thin 0.5mm to 6mm
Price Point Cheaper than Polycarbonate and PETG More expensive than both PETG and Acrylic In between Acrylic and Polycarbonate
More information Find out more about Acrylic
BUY CLEAR ACRYLIC
BUY COLOURED ACRYLIC
Find out more about Polycarbonate.
BUY POLYCARBONATE
Find out more about PETG.
BUY PETG

 

In addition we also sell:

- Corrugated Plastic Sheeting or CORREX

- Foam PVC

Corrugated Plastic Sheeting

It is a tough, durable and impact resistant protection board, available in a range of different options to suit specific project requirements. It is lightweight and durable with a good Impact resistance. It is Waterproof and Resistant to chemicals as well as being Flexible with a High impact resistance. It can be easily cut/bent/scored and is suitable for printing on to its surface.

It is used often ny estate agents for signs and notices but is also used for protection and insulation in a variety of applications.

Foam PVC

PVC foam sheet is a lightweight material with good mechanical and insulation properties. A mixture of Polyvinyl chloride and polyurea, foam PVC has a good bond strength and takes a solid shape due to its linear, closed-cell foam structure.

It is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. It has low impact strength and due to its range of colours it is often used for signage and displays. It is also suitable for printing directly on to the material with teh right equipment.

Find out more about Foam PVC here - What is Foam PVC?

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