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While using my weed wacker I suddenly see the window on my screen door explode some 30' in front of me, I must of hit a rock or something.

My screen door is nothing fancy, just a basic door with two windows. The glass is easy to replace. But before replacing it I got to thinking, would it be better to replace this with some sort of clear plastic or would that look horrible? I am not certain I have ever seen a clear plastic window.

I have lived in my house for 6 years and finally had this problem, so its nothing I am greatly worried about happening again.
 

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Federal regs require a safety product in doors . Most storm doors have 3/32 - 1/8 thick glass . Your only legal choices are tempered glass or plexiglass .

Plex will usually be cheaper . It is very common as a replacement "glass" in storm doors .
 

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Don't be tempted to replace with acrylic that's less expensive than Plexiglass. I discovered over 40 years ago all Acrylics aren't created equal. Read information carefully.

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General plexiglass clarification:
  • Plexiglas® is a registered brand name
  • Plexiglass is a commonly used name to describe acrylic, that originates from the brand name Plexiglas®, similar to the way that Kleenex® (a brand name) is often used generically to describe a facial tissue
  • Plexiglass is a type of acrylic and you will often find the two words (plexiglass and acrylic) to be interchangable
  • The scientific name for plexiglass is Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and it is most often used as a shatter-resistent or lightweight alternative for glass
  • Plexiglass is one of the most common plastics on the market today
 

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Federal regs require a safety product in doors . Most storm doors have 3/32 - 1/8 thick glass . Your only legal choices are tempered glass or plexiglass .

Plex will usually be cheaper . It is very common as a replacement "glass" in storm doors .
Good to know, I was not aware. My plan was to just take one of the tracks that holds the glass as well as the exact dimensions to a glass or plastic shop and tell them what I need. I was going to let them decide how much I should undersize the material to the frame. The glass sat loosely in 4 tracks that are about a 1/2" deep. So I was thinking maybe subtract 1/8" or so from the overall dimensions to allow for a slight movment would be a good idea?? Just thinking expansion/contraction but maybe glass/plastic do not do that?
 

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Installing plex in a door is a no-brainer . Very little can go wrong............unless you "miss-measure" !!!

I check squareness & leave 1/32 clearance all sides , but the worst thing you can do is size it too big !!!
 
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