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Garden mirrors are becoming popular in all types of homes, and garden designers all over the country are beginning to use large mirrors in their garden designs. There are both practical and artistic reasons to use a mirror in the garden, including maximising light and increasing the feeling of space.
Many city gardeners have a problem getting enough light into their gardens; it may be that there's only sunlight for a limited time or the sun might only shine in a part of the garden where it isn’t possible to take advantage of it. In order to get the most out of the light that falls in a small space, and to make it feel much bigger, garden designers are choosing to fit mirrors in their gardens.
Using real glass mirrors to achieve this effect would be incredibly expensive and quite impractical. Unlike glass, acrylic sheet will not shatter if struck. In fact, acrylic mirrored sheets are significantly stronger than glass, far more flexible and, if they do break, they simply crack without creating dangerous shards. Another advantage they have over glass mirrors is that they don’t rust or suffer from other kinds of water damage. They need no special treatment. They can simply be put up and cleaned with a cloth when they start to get dirty.
If you have children and pets that play in the garden a garden mirror might not be the most obvious answer to increasing light and space however, fitting acrylic garden mirrors is safe, decorative and practical. Because acrylic doesn’t shatter and it is lightweight and flexible, it is the perfect solution for those who want a garden mirror, but don’t want to use glass mirrors. It doesn’t matter if the kids are kicking balls around or throwing sticks for the dog, the safety of acrylic garden mirrors can’t be overstated when compared with glass.
As well as being safe, plastic garden mirrors are excellent value for money when compared with glass garden mirrors. Because mirrored acrylic sheet is so much cheaper than glass mirrors, you get a lot more mirror for your money. And since acrylic mirrors are so light and flexible, it is easy to put them up all by yourself. We cut all of our plastic sheets to order, and can cut holes if required for lighting and plumbing. Once your order has been cut, we then package your mirror to prevent any damage occurring before delivering your mirror in perfect condition throughout the country. All you need do is unwrap it, fit it in situ, remove the last protective film, and the job’s done.
Weatherproof and UV resistant, acrylic garden mirrors are perfect when you want to increase light and add more to your outside space. On top of this, acrylic is easily cut into any shape or size that you need. It can easily be drilled so you can attach it securely to a wooden frame, wall or any other supporting structure.
How do I fit my garden mirror?
When measuring for the right size of acrylic, it’s important to provide the exact specifications to ensure a professional finish. Allow a 2-3mm gap around the edges for a snug fit and ensure that you allow 6-7mm for adjoining corners so that the adjoining seam is secure. We recommend ensuring the wall where the mirrored acrylic is being installed is absolutely flat; if you are not sure, try attaching the acrylic to some MDF, and then attaching the MDF to the wall.
Acrylic mirror sheets are a flexible material, therefore they must be applied to a completely flat surface. We suggest using some MDF to ensure that the mirror is on a completely flat surface. If you are ordering larger dimensions, you might also want to consider the 5mm thick acrylic mirror which is more rigid.
When it comes to fitting your sheet, it couldn’t be easier – you can either drill the acrylic to the wall, ensuring that you use an appropriate drill bit to avoid damaging the material, or use a solvent-based adhesive to simply glue the sheet to the wall. This is more commonly used as a way of installing acrylic as it’s easier and quicker than drilling but ensure that you don’t apply the adhesive too close to the edge so that it doesn’t become visible when you press the sheet to the wall. When applying the adhesive, be sure to spread a very thin even layer across all of the back of the mirror. Failure to do this, or to stick the acrylic to a flat surface could result in a distorted image.
Frequently Asked Questions
What tolerance do you cut to?
We cut to a tolerance of +/-1mm.
What is your delivery timescale?
3-7 working days.
Is mirrored acrylic like normal mirror?
Mirrored acrylic is a flexible material, and needs to be attached to a perfectly flat surface. We recommend attaching it to MDF or something similar, making sure the adhesive is spread in a thin even layer across the acrylic. we also recommend using the 5mm thick acrylic as it is more rigid.
Can you cut any shape?
Yes, in acrylic. We will shortly be able to also cut any shape in polycarbonate as well.
What's your standard radius corner?
20mm, but we can cut to your requirements.
How many holes do I need in my acrylic?
1 per corner should be sufficient for smaller pieces. You might want to consider an extra hole in the middle if your sheet is larger.
Can I cut acrylic?
Yes, you can. Just take it slow and easy.
Can I put acrylic behind a hob?
Not if it is gas or electric. You need a gap of 5cm between an induction hob and the acrylic.
Do you fit the acrylic?
No, we don't. We do provide some templates which should help you to take your measurements. The acrylic is easy to install by any competent DIYer.
What's the difference between acrylic and Perspex?
Perspex is a brand name. It is the same as acrylic.
What's the difference between acrylic and polycarbonate?
Take a look at our handy guide here.
Can I change my order after it's been placed?
There will be a £6 processing fee for any amendments needed after placing your order.