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Which Type of Plastic Is Good for Replacing Glass Windows?

Written by The Plastic People
30/11/2023 11:53:00

Plastic is a clear contender to glass!

Though it pains us to say, glass has it’s uses. Wherever you go, it’s the ‘clear’ winner in many ways. But if you want easy, shatter proof and an effective solution, then plastic can be a great option in certain situations – from cheaper greenhouse glass to needed safety glass in work environment.

Nothing compares to plastic when it comes to EASY DIY projects all the way to super-sized agricultural work. The strength of plastic is both cost and time effective, giving it a huge advantage.

When considering how it measures up when putting it in place of windows, the durability of plastic puts it head and shoulders above the rest. Gone are the times of needing multiple people to move the product. Plastic is lightweight and moveable when cut and using plastic as a glass alternative means less stress making those tricky cuts and less worry about the consequences for an easy installation.

Which kind of plastic do I need?

Acrylic and polycarbonate are both strong alternatives to glass; tough against strong winds and avoiding breakage, then these are the top two types of plastic to consider for your DIY projects.

We have a wide range of plastics to pick from, and a team of experts to guide you in the right direction if you’re lost in the vast plastics to choose from. From measurements to material, our friendly team are a click away to guide you on your next project in using plastic for your windows. 

Pros and cons of using plastic for windows

Cost effectiveness is something we think about constantly for our customers. Making sure that the product you use suits your needs perfectly is a much easier process now with our bespoke material, colour and thickness quote provider! So, whether it’s greenhouse windows, or even a project that blows greenhouses out of the water, we’ve got you covered, at a steal of a price.
As we’ve touched on, plastic cuts down on your work load, with it being so lightweight and easy to handle, but not only is plastic lightweight and easy to carry, making the installation process so much easier for you, but plastic sheets are also much easier to cut, mould to the shape you want and polish – which comes in handy putting minds at rest when we think about common worries about scratches!

Worried about using plastic? Don’t be!

One of the biggest misconceptions we hear from people is fear that plastic will scratch more easily. Gone are the days of this being a realistic reason to discount plastic as a fantastic alternative to glass for windows. Plastic is more prone than glass to small scratches, but unlike glass it’s much stronger and able to take much more force without breaking! This is a massive positive when using plastic for windows. For example, a small tap from a spade in a shed and a glass window would shatter costing you an expensive repair and loss of security in the meantime. If you chose plastic instead, you will feel safe knowing you would be unlikely to have the same problem, saving you time and money.

We also hear concerns about the plastic windows fading. This is a misconception; modern plastics used for windows have treatments and UV-resistant coatings meaning not only are they stronger but also ensuring their colour retention and longevity!
Contact us today to find out more about our plastic alternatives for windows; A Stronger, Safer Solution for Replacing Broken Windows and Glass.

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