Is Acrylic Good for Outdoor Use?

Posted by Melody Thornton on

Acrylic is growing immensely in popularity for laser makers, and rightly so, from earrings, home decor, to signs and displays- the versatility is unparalleled! One of its greatest advantages is that it is highly UV resistant, meaning it can be used both indoors and outdoors without fading or degrading. In this post, we'll explore the reasons why acrylic is so resistant to UV rays, and why acrylic sheets are a great choice for your outdoor signs and laser made creations!

Acrylic is a type of plastic known as an "acrylate polymer," which is composed of a network of organic molecules. This network works to filter out UV rays, preventing them from penetrating the material. The result is that acrylic is able to maintain its color and structural integrity for much longer than other materials, even when exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time.

The UV resistance of acrylic is also beneficial for items that are likely to be used in outdoor environments. For example, signs and displays made with acrylic can be left outdoors without fear of fading or becoming brittle. And if the item is properly cared for and cleaned, (we recommend using Novus) it can last for many years despite the harsh conditions of the natural environment.

In addition to its UV resistance, acrylic is also highly impact resistant and lightweight. This makes it a great choice for signs and other items that may come into contact with the ground or other surfaces. And although acrylic is strong, it is also relatively easy to work with, allowing for intricate designs and patterns.

Overall, acrylic is an excellent material for a wide range of applications, both indoors and outdoors. Its UV resistance makes it ideal for items that will be exposed to the sun, such as signs and displays. And its strength and lightweight nature make it a great choice for acrylic signs and other items that will need to be moved or shifted around. So if you're looking for a material that can withstand the elements, acrylic is definitely worth considering.

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