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Introduction to Plastic Sheet

Posted by Mark Stenson on

When looking for plastic sheet, there are a many of available options. It can be difficult to determine what type of plastic sheet might be appropriate for your specific application. First, we will take a look at basic characteristics of plastic sheet, and then we will go deeper into comparing the four most common types of plastic sheet.

Plastic sheet is commonly manufactured and sold in 4′ x 8′ sheets in thicknesses ranging from 1/32″ to 1″ or thicker. Depending on the thickness, size, and material of the sheet the price per piece can vary greatly. General sizes and types of plastic sheet are available for purchase through home centers, and hardware stores. If you have a specific application, such as wall protection, it would be better to source the material directly from the manufacturer whenever possible.

Below you will find a comparison of four common types of plastic sheet and their characteristics.

Acrylic Sheet

Polycarbonate Sheet

Vinyl Sheet

Plastic Roll Sheeting












Clear & Opaque

Clear Only

Color Only

Clear or Colored

Use cases

Plexiglass, glass substitute, crafts, home projects

Bulletproof panels, high-impact areas, safety guards

Wall protection, commercial building design, sanitary wall covering

Paint drop cloth, tarps

Trade/brand names


Lexan, Makrolon

PVC Sheet, FRP

Painters plastic, tarp


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