Covid screens: What's better, glass or Perspex?
Sneeze guards and Covid screens have become a common fixture in shops, garden centres, offices and even schools as the UK moves out of lockdown.
While social distancing remains so vital to stopping the spread of coronavirus, both glass and Perspex sneeze guards will be an invaluable aid to keep staff, visitors and customers safe.
But which is the better option to go for when choosing your sneeze guards - glass or Perspex?
Here at Sneeze Guards Direct, we believe toughened glass is by far the superior material for Covid screens.
Perspex sneeze guards v glass sneeze guards
Sneeze Guards Direct offer Covid screens in a choice of 8mm or 10mm toughened glass.
The protective screens are available in a range of standard sizes or can be made to order in custom sizes, and can be further customised with cut-out cashier notches.
But what are the advantages of glass sneeze guards over acrylic screens?
One of the common misconceptions when it comes to choosing between glass and Perspex sneeze guards is that Perspex will be a safer option in a high-traffic public area.
In fact, the reverse is true. Glass sneeze guards are made from toughened glass, which has gone through a process called tempering.
This process, which involved heating and rapidly cooling the glass, creates centre tension in the glass, making it around five times stronger than standard annealed glass.
Toughened glass is stronger, more durable and more scratch-resistant than Perspex, so your Covid screen will stay looking good for longer. And, even in the unlikely event toughened glass should break, the pane will crumble into small pebbles, with no razor-sharp shards to injure anyone.
Toughened glass is also easier to clean and maintain. Using the wrong cleaning solvents on Perspex can actually scratch the surface and cause it to fog. These microscopic scratch marks can be a haven for dirt, bacteria and viruses, meaning your Perspex screen may not be as hygienic as you would like.
Are Perspex Covid screens cheaper?
With demand for acrylic products at an all-time high and many producers working with a reduced staff, the availability of Perspex has been impacted.
This has consequently pushed prices up. Fortunately the raw materials for glass are in plentiful supply. This means you can now expect to pay considerably less for a glass sneeze guard than the equivalent Perspex Covid screen.
All things considered, we believe that when it comes to picking between glass and Perspex sneeze guards, there really is no competition.
Toughened glass would be our material of choice every time.
To order standard sizes or see more about the range of options we offer, head over to our Covid screen shop.
If you would like to find out more about customising your sneeze guards with company colours, logos or to order custom sizes, get in touch.