Australian Construction Supplies Articles, Hint and Tips
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October 09 issue of Home Beautiful magazine.
Mary Anne Prior
of South Windsor
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What is Acrylic?
Acrylic is a useful, clear plastic that resembles glass, but has properties that make it superior to glass in many ways. Common brands of high-grade acrylic include Polycast, Lucite and Plexiglass.
There are two basic types of acrylic: extruded and cell cast. Extruded or "continuous cast" acrylic is made by a less expensive process, is softer, can scratch easier and may contain impurities. Cell cast acrylic is a higher quality acrylic.
Acrylic is used to make various products, such as shower doors, baths, bath enclosures, windows and skylights.
A unique property of plastic is its ability to be shaped. Bow-front aquariums are beautiful examples of acrylic's wonderful properties. There are also no seams in acrylic structures, as chemical welding at the molecular level actually "melts" seams into one piece of solid material. Seams that are welded and polished are invisible.
There are some misconceptions about acrylic, namely that it yellows, turns brittle and cracks over time. Though this might be true of very cheap forms of plastic, it is not so with acrylic. For example, the fighter planes of WWII have acrylic bubble-tops. Airplane windows are also acrylic.
If taken care of, acrylic remains new looking regardless of age or exposure to sun. Some people worry that acrylic scratches too easily, but unlike glass, scratches can be easily buffed out of acrylic.
For all of its advantages, there are two disadvantages of acrylic: it is more expensive than glass, and if exposed to a direct flame it will melt and eventually burn.
Today acrylic is used more than ever. Virtually all major public aquariums now build display tanks out of acrylic. You will also find acrylic in malls, institutions, prisons, hospitals and commercial buildings. Acrylic just over one inch thick (32mm) is bullet resistant. The Presidential motorcade, the Pope's booth-vehicle, teller enclosures and drive-through window enclosures all feature bullet-resistant acrylic.
If upgrading the windows in your house, remodeling your bathroom, or adding a beautiful aquarium, consider acrylic. Its sheer clarity, light weight and insulating properties make it a superior choice for many applications.
Acrylic is a naturally lustrous non-staining, non-fading, non-porous product that is easy to clean, warm to the touch, lightweight, yet amply strong, and lends itself to affordable creative designing. Cleaned according to manufacturer directions, the surface will retain its showroom finish indefinitely.
Acrylic tubs boast a beautiful high gloss finish and because the colour goes all the way through, they are more resistant to abrasion and fading.
Acrylic is a good insulator, so water stays warm longer.
Scratches can be easily removed through a simple process of sanding the area with inexpensive fine wet and dry sandpaper. The high gloss can be quickly restored by light buffing with the heel of your hand and toothpaste or baking soda if you don't have rubbing compound or a buffer. Acrylic is chemically inert, immune to almost every chemical, and requires only a mild liquid, non-abrasive cleaner to keep it looking like new.
We have the following bath tubs that use Acrylic: Free Standing Series, Concealed Series, Claw Foot Bath Series
Cast stone is made of non-porous materials which prevent the growth of mould, mildew or bacteria. Due to its non-porous nature it is highly resistant to liquid penetration and staining. Further to this, cast stone will outperform most materials in resistance to scratching and abrasion along with heat retention.
The formation of cast stone shows its versatility. It can be cut, routed, drilled, sculpted, bent and worked like a fine wood. The ability of cast stone to be thermoformed allows it to flow with both traditional and non-traditional designs.
Colors can be run through the entire thickness of the material and can not wear away. Cast stone is a solid material which cannot be delaminated.
While nicks, stains, cuts and scratches can permanently mar most other surfaces, they will not compromise the appearance of cast stone solid surfaces. It is because it is easy to restore cast stone to its original appearance by using an ordinary abrasive cleanser plus a common household degreaser. Besides, if damage does occur, cast stone can be repaired on site, saving both down time
Cast stone is used in our Stone Bath, bath tubs and in our wash basin range, our Stone Series uses Cast Stone