Acrylic vs Glass for Marine Transportation Applications

Getting out on the boat is an excellent way for us to escape the big city and enjoy the water. In marine applications, Acrylic is a much safer and more resilient material for windows than glass.

Clear Acrylic is a thermoplastic that resembles glass but is far superior to this heavier clear material. They’re both transparent (Acrylic is up to 93% transparent) but more cost-effective acrylic offers excellent optical clarity.

Here are our top 4 reasons you should choose acrylic over glass for boats and marine applications.

Acrylic is impact resistant: Shattered glass is dangerous on land and sea. If acrylic windows break, they won’t shatter as glass would. Boats are thrown and tossed around the ocean, and constant bumps against docks make glass prone to shattering. Acrylic is a safer alternative.

Acrylic is lightweight: Too much weight and a boat will sink. As a boat manufacturer, you want to make the boat as light as possible to stay above water. This also allows the boat owner to carry more people and items on board. Acrylic is 50% lighter than glass, so you can save a significant amount of weight by choosing acrylic for windscreens or porthole windows on board.

Acrylic is more cost-effective: When you compare the costs of acrylic vs glass for marine applications, Acrylic is the less expensive option. Uniquely shaped windows are more costly in glass due to the extra tooling required.

Acrylic has many uses: Acrylic is not just ideal for windows. It can be used for many other marine applications when toughness, weatherability, and impact strength are necessary. You can also use acrylic for overhead and safety lighting, joining strips, and other structural or aesthetical elements of a boat. The applications are near endless.

Are you looking to replace glass windows on a boat or need an excellent alternative to glass for another marine application? Ask us about how to use acrylic for your project or part.

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