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What is Plexiglass and How Can I Use It?

What is Plexiglass and How Can I Use It?


Plexiglass is a brand name for a thermoplastic polymer that is very lightweight and transparent.
It is a durable substance that weathers easily and can be shaped using heat. Anywhere you would use glass, this material can be applied as well.

Plexiglass can used for many applications because it is so malleable. You can cut it using your common woodworking tools. A few products that are made from it are picture frames, aquariums, greenhouses, video screens, skylights, furniture, food storage, basketball hoop back, and display cases.

The properties that make plexiglass such a popular replacement of glass is mainly due to the following:

  • Durability: it is very difficult to shatter plexiglass, although it scratches easily. Ammonia can break down its composition, so a mild detergent is best used in cleaning anything made from it.
  • Weight: it is a lightweight material, so shipping and handling is a lot easier than that of glass.
  • Cutting: it is made in sheets and, because it is softer than glass, can be cut a lot easier than glass. Due to this property, it is able to be used in many applications.
  • Dull: because plexiglass does not have the shine that glass does, it is used on aquariums, hockey rinks and display cases so that the items inside can be viewed without a glare.

Here at Shell Lumber, we offer many types of plexiglass for your projects. We have white, grey, black, clear, bronze and mirrored acrylic sheets. We also offer Lexan, which is an acrylic that is stronger and tougher than Plexiglass. You will find varying thicknesses ranging from 1/16” to 3/8”, depending on the color.  Our sheets range from 2’ x 2’ to 4’ x 8’. With all of these widths and thicknesses, you are sure to find the right size for your project.

Visit us for all of your home improvement needs. Shell Lumber is at 2733 S.W. 27th Avenue Miami, Florida 33133. Also, visit us online at www.shelllumber.com or give us a call locally at 1-305-856-6401 or Toll Free 1-800-621-6391. We look forward to talking with you soon!







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