The Disadvantages of Acrylics

For many years now, many people all over the world have switched to the use of acrylics. Acrylics are considered the best alternative to using glass. The reason for this switch is due to the many uses and qualities of acrylics. People find it very ideal to use because acrylics are:

  • Resistant to deterioration and
  • Resistant to UV
  • Come in higher thicknesses
  • Unbreakable
  • Sturdy
  • Highly transparent
  • And much more

However, even with these and many more advantages, acrylics have a few disadvantages.

Disadvantages of Acrylics:

  • The first disadvantage of using acrylics is that it scratches more easily than glass. This means that it will need more care when handling to reduce the rate of scratching. However, if it accidentally gets any scratches, it is easy for you to restore it to its original form. All that you need to do is polish the acrylic to get rid of the scratches. Never ever use sandpaper on acrylics because what you will get is more scratches. You should take extra care if you are cleaning acrylic with rough pads.
  • As compared to most other synthetics, acrylics are less strong and are not resistant to matting.
  • The other not so good thing about acrylics is that they are easily stained by grease and oil. However, it is easy to clean these with water and a mild detergent. With these, you will not leave any scratches on the sheets.
  • The other disadvantage of using acrylic is distortion. This happens because acrylics bend easily during construction.
  • The other drawback that you will have to deal with once you have decided to switch to acrylics is the expense. Acrylic especially if you decide to go for custom styles for example when construction aquariums will cost you much more than glass. However, the truth is that acrylic plastic is worth the cost. With proper care and maintenance, it will not let you down regardless of where you are using it. At the end of the day, the end result will be more attractive, have a better quality and top of the art workmanship.
  • The other minor disadvantages of using acrylic are that their impact resistance is not at par, they have a poor solvent resistance, flexible grades of acrylics are not available, acrylic is subject to cracking through stress and have a low continuous service temperature.


The good news is that the above disadvantages do not prevent retailers and manufacturers from using acrylic. They recognize its use because it is light and strong.