Outdoor Acrylic Convex Mirror with Heavy Duty Plastic Back
$50.50 – $531.00
The workshorse in the outdoor mirror market, the Acrylic Convex Mirror with Heavy Duty Plastic backing is so versatile. Commonly used in parking garages, as traffic mirrors, or indoors for security to prevent theft, or at dangerous intersections to prevent accidents. The convex mirror does it all! The heavy duty plastic backing is super-tough and will protect the mirror for years to come.
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All of the products featured here are round convex mirrors a heavy-duty plastic backing, available in sizes and mounting options. Acrylic Convex Mirrors are the go-to, all-around workhorse for security mirrors and safety mirrors.
The round convex mirror offers a 160-degree view, with the rule of thumb that each inch in mirror size provides approximately one foot of view. Although the images will be slightly distorted because of the convex nature of the lens, it will provide you with visualization that some are in mirror view.
Acrylic Convex Mirror Lens
Acrylic offers a bright view (slightly brighter than PolyCarnbonate) is roughly seventeen (17) times stronger than glass, making it a great choice for warehouse mirrors and even driveway mirrors.
- Half the weight of glass
- 17 x more impact resistant than glass, making it difficult to crack or break
- Lower cost than polycarbonate
- If scratched, acrylic can be polished to remove most scratches
- Easy to clean and maintain
Heavy Duty Plastic Backing for Convex Mirrors
The mirror featured here is made of heavy-duty plastic. Three types of backings are offered on National Safety Mirror; hardboard, heavy-duty plastic, and galvanized steel. For indoor use, a convex mirror with heavy-duty backing is sufficient. It is the least expansive option. However, it is not suitable for outdoor applications. For that, you would need to choose the plastic or steel backing.
When you think of plastic backing, you may think of cheap, thin plastic. This is not the case with the backing on these mirrors. The heavy-duty plastic is rigid and thick; as a matter of fact, it is a little thicker than galvanized steel. Although steel is indestructible, we find several advantages of using plastic backing over steel.
First, the plastic backing is a lighter weight. This is significant when dealing with more oversized outdoor convex mirrors, as the wind will play an issue. Second is the additional cost of steel. The heavy-duty plastic back is significantly less expensive than the steel backing. Finally, plastic does just as well in extreme cold and heat as steel does. The steel will expand or contract more than the plastic in extreme temperatures.
These are the main reasons we recommend plastic backing over steel backing. Although there may be situations where you want steel, overall, we feel the heavy-duty plastic backing on an acrylic convex mirror is the best choice.
Click the link for additional information on choosing a backing type for your convex mirror.
Selecting Mounting Brackets for Acrylic Convex Outdoor Mirrors
Two mounting brackets are used on our mirrors, the z-bracket and the telescoping bracket. The mirror size and mounting location will determine the type of bracket to use. The Z-bracket cannot support much weight and is only offered in 12”-26” sizes. The telescoping brackets will be used in more oversized mirrors, with single, double, and triple bracket options.
You will find some mirror sizes below with single, double, or triple mounting brackets options. If you choose a mirror over 36 inches and there’s any wind, we recommend double telescoping arms for mounting. When heavy winds are possible, triple telescoping arms are a clear choice. Even if you are only getting a 26-inch mirror, the three mounting arms choice is well worth the extra money if you are in an area where the wind is an issue.
For more information, click the link: Convex Mirror Mounting Options.