alternative glazing materials
Most architects would agree that glass—sandblasted, frosted, or etched—is their first choice for any glazing spec. But when the budget doesn’t permit such an extravagant option, pros turn to alternatives such as polycarbonate, acrylic, or resin-based sheets. And they’re often cheaper and easier to work with than glass. “We use them for their light weight, [for] the ease with which they can be sanded for a nice texture, and for translucency,” says William Ruhl, AIA, Ruhl Walker Architects, Boston.