I have to replace the windows on my bridge because they are very crazed after 4 years basking in the Florida
Sun. You can barely see thru them! I was going to use Acrylic
because it is less susceptible to the sun's rays. However, I am told that Acrylic
cracks very easily. On the other hand, scratches can be buffed out of Acrylic, while poly-carbonate scratches easily and cannot be buffed. Acrylic is maybe 50% more expensive than poly-carbonate.
The windows are roughly 42" x by 18"-24", will be mounted in fabric
, and will fold up (at the fabric) and attach to the roof with snaps in the fabric
I am worried about the acrylic cracking while folding up the windows, particularly if it catches a gust of wind
. Also, I have become accustomed to opening a corner of the window to let in a breeze and to communicate with my mate on the front deck
, etc. Possibly opening a corner of acrylic could cause it to crack.
So which should I use?