Plexiglass sheets, also know as acrylic sheets are an economical lightweight alternative to glass. Plexiglass is stronger than glass and nearly half the weight. Plexiglass is extremely durable and has superior impact strength making it an ideal choice for many applications.
Some of the common uses for plexiglass sheets include aquariums, skylights, windows and display cases. Plexiglass provides better insulation than glass. Plexiglass is a top choice for picture framers for many reasons as well. It is easy to cut and shape, does not shatter like glass, comes in many colors and tints and is available with a wide variety of coatings such as UV inhibitors.
Plexiglass is known by a variety of brand names including Lucite, Perspex, Plexiglas, Optix, Acrylite and Chemcast. The two major types of Plexiglass are cast and extruded. Which type is right for you depends on your application.