Household Uses for Perspex

Updated April 17, 2017

Perspex, also known as polymethyl methacrylate, is a thermoplastic known for its ability to withstand stress without warping as well as its extreme durability. It is sometimes referred to by its more recognizeable name: Plexiglass. Perspex has many industrial and commercial uses including nautical equipment, signs, as well as some types of jewellery. However, Perspex has just as many uses in the domestic sphere.


The durability and toughness of Perspex makes it an ideal glaze for windows. It is shatter-resistant and holds its shape when subjected to extreme temperatures. Unlike glass, Perspex will not scratch or streak when washed. What's more, it is nearly indistinguishable in appearence from regular window glass. A coating of Perspex can increase your windows' lifespan.


Perspex is also used to build household furniture. It can be formed into just about any shape, and will hold that shape even when placed under a great deal of external pressure. It can also be made to assume any colour or pattern. Households with children are an ideal match for Perspex furniture because the material is lightweight and easy to clean.


Lighting fixtures made out of Perspex will stand up to the heat of repeated use with little damage. It is also shatterproof, which makes for a safer lighting option. A variety of colours and thickness options can be used to match the decor of any room. In addition, its pliability has led to a variety of lighting fixtures, such as neon strips, track lighting and novelty shapes. The heat resistance of Perspex makes it possible to place a heating element almost directly against the fixture with no risk of melting or fire.


Perspex can be used in conjunction with other household material as a sealant. Its water-resistance makes it an effective choice for sealing areas around bathtubs, sinks and toilets. It can also be used to waterproof any other part of the home, whether it be as a roof sealant or baseboard sealant. Perspex can also be used as an adhesive for household fixtures or building materials.

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Neil Richter began his writing career in 2007. He has served as a writing tutor and published reviews in the local Illinois newspaper "The Zephyr." Richter holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in English literature and film from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.