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Plexiglass tubes are very transparent, but they can also be milk-white (or opal white). Plexiglass, also known as PMMA or acrylic glass, is a colourless plastic which has a wide range of potential applications; it is used in the construction, chemical and car industries. PMMA tubes are also used by marketing companies in their advertising campaigns (materials and accessories). Display stands, 3D lettering and advertising light boxes are often made of plexiglass as well. In the chemical industry, acrylic glass tubes are particularly valued for their durability and transparency.
Plexiglass tubes are resistant to ultraviolet light. As a result, even when used for many years, they do not turn yellow and their colour does not fade. Moreover, PMMA tubes are resistant to high temperatures—up to 80 degrees Celsius (plexiglass begins to soften at 115 degrees Celsius, but it is never used at temperatures exceeding 80 degrees)—which makes them suitable for use in various installations, among other things. Also, plexiglass tubes are more and more frequently used by furniture manufacturers (e.g. legs of tables and chairs) and producers of everyday items (e.g. opal white lampshades).
Tubes, plates and rods made of plexiglass are bonded by means of special glues. (For further information on such glues, please visit shops selling construction chemicals.) More and more firms are selling made-to-measure PMMA tubes; in order to meet their clients’ requirements, they need to use specialist tools and moulds. Precision with which such custom-made tubes should be prepared require better and better technologies. This is why the prices of these services depend on the length of such tubes, whose diameter also matters if the length is unusual.
The competition on the plastic products market is very strong. Besides plexiglass, polycarbonate and PVC are the two most popular plastics used for the production of tubes as well as elbows and couplers connecting plexiglass tubes. However, plexiglass products of this kind cannot be bought from DIY shops, where PVC products dominate. Those made of polycarbonate are most widely used in the construction industry to make—among other things—terrace, carport and winter garden roofs, or even doors and windows. On the construction market, polycarbonate is considered to be the so-called safe glass as it is characterised by its high mechanical resistance; as a result, it is often used to construct roofs and windows. On the other hand, polycarbonate items turn yellow faster than glass or plexiglass panes. However, full gloss plexiglass panes can be easily scratched.
All this results in our having to decide which plastic to choose; it is advisable to consult our decisions with an expert who has extensive experience in the field of making plexiglass or polycarbonate products. If our plexiglass items are to last for many years, we must make sure that we buy them from a trusty firm that has been offering custom-made plexiglass products for a long time.