When you're shopping for sign stands or other display stands for your retail business, you have several options. One of the most important decisions you will make is the material used to make the sign and display stand.
Most of our products are available in three materials. Today, we'll be comparing two popular material options: clear premium acrylic and clear extra-strength PETG.
Transparent high quality acrylic
Clear premium acrylic is a high-quality material ideal for sign stands and other items used in busy, high-traffic areas.
Clear, high-quality acrylic offers several advantages over other materials such as styrene. Compared to styrene, it is less rigid and more flexible, allowing it to absorb shocks (such as being dropped from a table or countertop) without cracking or breaking.
This flexibility makes premium acrylic a durable material for sign stands, as bumps are more likely to cause the material to bend rather than break. If you need a sign that is highly resistant to breakage and breakage, clear premium acrylic is an obvious choice.
Clear premium acrylic is also scratch resistant, also because it is a flexible material compared to styrene. While tougher materials are prone to chipping and scratching under pressure, acrylic is less likely to scratch unless a lot of force is deliberately applied.
Finally, clear premium acrylic has a shiny, polished look that can make your sign stand out more than other materials. If you want to draw attention to your retail signage while maintaining good durability, this is a great material to choose for your products.
Transparent super strong PETG
Clear super strong PETG (polyethylene terephthalate) is a strong plastic material with a unique set of advantages.
Of all the materials available for our sign stands and other products, PETG is the most durable and can withstand shock and force. It's light, very flexible, and nearly impossible to break without deliberate, focused effort.
The biggest advantage of PETG is its durability. Compared to acrylic, which breaks (or even shatters) under even moderate force, PETG can withstand a lot of pressure without breaking. In fact, PETG is considered nearly unbreakable under normal conditions.
This means that if you need a display that can withstand being dropped from a countertop or hit by a shopping cart, PETG is a better choice. On average, PETG is approximately 5-7 times more impact resistant than acrylic plastic of the same thickness.
One disadvantage of PETG is that it is not as scratch resistant as acrylic. This is because of the softer appearance of PETG. In most cases, PETG will not produce major scratches; however, it is less suitable for corner or aisle displays (may have scratches) than premium acrylic.
Which material is better?
Both high-quality acrylic and PETG have significant advantages as materials. Acrylic is much more flexible and denser than styrene, and is less prone to scratches due to its hard exterior. It also has a shiny finish for a professional-looking display.
PETG is more flexible, lighter, and has 5-7 times the impact strength of acrylic. It is by far the hardest sign material to break and is ideal for point-of-sale displays where there is a risk of the holder being knocked to the ground.
Ultimately, the best material depends entirely on the application. Acrylic is an excellent material if you need a scratch-resistant display for retail aisles. If you need a durable checkout display, PETG is more likely to last long.