Last edited 11 Oct 2019

Acrylics in construction

The term ‘acrylic’ refers to chemicals that contain the acryloyl group, derived from acrylic acid, such as polyacrylonitrile and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA).

Acrylics generally have good optical clarity, scratch resistance, dimensional stability and rigidity. They do not deteriorate in sunlight and they have good adhesion, are thermoplastic, easy to form and and easy to cut. However, they are combustible, are not flexible, suffer from stress cracking and are not resistant to solvents.

Acrylics have a very wide range of uses in the construction industry:

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