Glass Options

Glazing over artwork helps protect it from insects, airborne pollutants such as dust and grease and also protects from ultraviolet rays. It should be noted that sunlight is not the only source of ultraviolet light; some of the stresses to art comes from common fluorescent lights.

Picture framing glass option

Choosing the right kind glass for your framing project. [/caption]Museum GlassFor the most precious artwork or family heirlooms museum glass is the highest quality anti-reflective picture framing glass available in the industry. This advanced technology produces an ultra protective, nearly invisible lite of clear glass.

  • Reduces reflection by over 85% (to less than 1% of total light)
  • Provides the highest brightness and contrast levels available.
  • Optimal clarity for true color transmission.
  • Protects works of art against 98% of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays

Conservation GlassOver time, the ultraviolet rays in everyday light take a toll on artwork. Paper can become faded, discolored, and brittle, causing irreversible damage that ruins the artwork. Conservation clear framing glass acts as a sunscreen for your artwork blocking most of the harmful light rays and helps protect framed pieces, keeping them fresh and attractive for years longer than regular glass.

  • Blocks 99% of the harmful UV light rays
  • Works well with all framing projects.
  • Provides conservation protection without glare protection.

Conservation Reflection Control GlassThis glass is etched on only one side to provide the best resolution and clarity with minimum distortion and can be used with up to two mats away from the artwork without significant resolution loss. Provides glare-free enjoyment with UV protection.Reflection Control Glass(non-glare)Is regular glass that has been etched on one side to deflect light so that the glare from the glass is diffused. Non-glare glass has a tendency to diffuse the image as well, making it less clear. The problem is amplified by the distance between the glass and the artwork. In an effort to minimize this effect manufactures are now etching just one side of the glass. Regular GlassIs single strength, about 1/16 inch thick and provides 40% UV filtration. PlexiglasPlexiglas has a softer surface that wears and scratches easily under normal conditions and attracts dust due to its electric charge. Plexiglas is lighter than glass and will not break. This makes it useful for large pieces and for museum framing where broken glass could harm the artwork. Special cleaning requirements are needed for Plexiglas and it typically sells 3-4 times more than glass.