Acrylic is a kind of plastic used in display cases around the world, and acrylic display cases in the UK are increasingly popular. Acrylic is clearer than most glass, even plate glass, which tends to have a green tint at the edges. This transparency is especially important if the items you place in the display case are small and finely detailed, like earrings, watches, rings and other items of jewellery. You want your customers to be able to see the items at their most sparklingly attractive. Acrylic is also used in motorcycle helmet visors, so you know it will meet high visibility standards.
Acrylic is both strong and durable. It can support heavy weights, and is more resistant to physical impact than glass. The protective barriers which surround ice hockey rinks are made of acrylic. The reason for that? It is clear enough to allow the audience to enjoy every detail of the game, but tough enough to withstand the impact of flying pucks. If the items in the display case are valuable, they are vulnerable. Acrylic is, therefore, a good way of protecting your livelihood. It is also extremely long lasting.
The flexibility of acrylic means that it can be shaped in many different ways, and given rounded corners or square corners. It also means that it’s easy to design, make and duplicate original display stands and cases, which is very useful if you want identical pieces in several stores.
Glass cases can be remarkably heavy, but acrylic display cases do not have the same problem. They are relatively light and therefore easy to move around when you want to change your displays – something you and your employees are bound to appreciate. Acrylic is also very easy to clean and resistant to chemicals.
It’s not perfect
No material is absolutely perfect. The main drawback of acrylic is that it is less scratch resistant than glass. Over time, wear and tear on an acrylic case can build up, and it becomes less transparent and more obviously damaged. Fortunately, there is a solution to this, as acrylic can be treated by applying paste wax to the surface, which will make it scratch resistant without affecting its transparency.