polycarbonate/acrylic

 

What’s the difference? Which is better?

We hope to settle and clarify the age old debate of acrylic vs. polycarbonate. Both are strong, versatile polymers, but depending on its use/purpose, one may be the clear winner.

Acrylic Polycarbonate
Impact Resistance 17 times that of glass 250 times that of glass
Light Transmission 92% 88%
Temperature Usage -30°F to 190°F up to 240°F
Cutting With a Saw Easier Hard with initial start
Drilling Will crack near edges Withstands drilling
Polishing Yes No
Heat Bending Yes No
 Cold Forming No Yes
 Gluing Joints Easier/cleaner joints Harder
Cleaning Mild soap & water; plastic cleaner recommended. Use microfiber or 100% cotton cloth. Can use ammonia; plastic cleaner recommended. Use microfiber or 100% cotton cloth.
Cleaning Solvents Do not use Do not use
Weather Resistant Yes Yes
Likeliness to Chip/Scratch More likely to chip More likely to scratch
Yellowing/Fading Less likely More likely
Cost Less 2-3 times more