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Plastic vs Glass?

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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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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.

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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