Acrylic vs Glass
When it comes to clear displays there are two leading options, acrylic and glass. How do they compare?
Acrylic is very light relative to glass, providing two distinct advantages. (1) By being lighter, acrylic displays can be placed on countertops or other structures without placing too much strain on them. (2) They are more suitable for mobile or non-permanent displays.
Along with the density that helps glass be hard to scratch comes a considerable amount of weight. We recommend that if you're looking for a mobile display case or believe you may your display in the future that you consider an acrylic display - for the sake of your back!
While not easily scratched, acrylic is definitely more scratchable than glass. However, it is also easier to repair scratches in acrylic with a polishing kit.
Glass is very difficult to scratch. Scratches normally only occur when glass comes into contact with a hard object under a lot of pressure. When it comes to repairing scratches on glass however, it is not something that is usually done.
Acrylic is very impact resistant relative to glass. Note that an impact may still leave scratches though.
In the case of a hard impact, glass is prone to breaking or shattering. Still, it does take a significant amount of force to break a glass display!
Acrylic can provide more support than glass at the same width. However, it is interesting to note that seams where displays come together can oftern be weaker acrylic displays than in glass.
While able to provide a lot of support, glass will not provide quite as much support as acrylic - due in part to it's rigidity. Again though, the seams where the glass displays come together may be stronger than an acrylic cases so keep in mind what you are displaying!
Acrylic can provide amazing clarity in much thicker sections than glass. On the downside though, acrylic that is exposed to direct sunlight over the years will yellow and clarity will suffer.
While glass may not provide equal clarity in thick pieces, its advantage is that it maintains its clarity over time in the full spectrum of light.
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