Different Materials For
Marine Windows

16 January 2020

These days, there’s a huge range of options available when it comes to the marine glass for boats and other vessels. Depending on your particular vessel and what you intend to use it for will determine which is the most suited materials for your boat.

To help you better understand the many variations of marine materials on the market, the specialists at ALFAB have created a simple summary outlining some of the popular options.



Our top pick for boat windows is glass. Both Laminated Toughened glass and Monolithic Toughened glass, in particular, are extremely durable and offer a high degree of resistance against breaks, cracks, and chips—this makes them perfect for boating. Glass is also very easy to clean and maintain. Glass looks extremely sleek, so it will even help to improve the overall look of your vessel. Here at ALFAB, we manufacture and install boat windows, windscreens and doors to your boat’s specifications and we’ll be more than happy to help you find a marine glass option that will enhance both the functionality and look of your boat.


Polycarbonate is constructed from a form of semi-rigid plastic and provides an extremely clear appearance—often clearer than most other types of plastics. This material is particularly popular because it’s also incredibly strong and durable, making it perfect for rugged use where there’s a higher chance of breakage. There is also the option to have polycarbonate coated with a top layer that protects from both scratches and UV rays.


Acrylic is another popular choice for boat windscreens and windows. Acrylic is durable and difficult to break. Similar to polycarbonate materials, acrylic also provides excellent visibility and is lighter in weight compared to glass, so it’s another great option for boat windscreens in particular. Acrylic is however generally easier to scratch than other materials and it can’t be rolled away—it’s usually one of the more cost-effective materials to use.

Need more information on marine glass & other materials?

Here at ALFAB, we’re specialists in marine glass of all forms including boat windscreens, windows and doors. Our team of marine glazing experts are available to assist you with any questions you may have regarding marine glass and the materials that are most suited to your boat.

For further information, be sure to get in contact with our professional team in Brisbane or Melbourne today.

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