What are the Different Glasses Used in Framing?

Getting your artwork, photos or memorabilia framed is fulled with options. Some of these decisions will be dictated by the your taste (the moulding for example) and the artwork. Others are a little more flexible depending on your budget and requirements.

One of these more flexible options is your choice of glazing or glass. There are a lot of different glasses available, each with pros and cons. Your framing professional should help advise you on the best choice for your needs and budget.

Below we discuss some of the more common glazing options:

  • Plain Glass - the cheapest option available. It will protect your work from insects and scratches and it keep the colour true. However, it provides no UV protection and due to its surface can have considerable glare: sometimes you won't be able to see the artwork and over time the work will fade. This is ideal to use if you are on a budget or the piece has no significant meaning.
  • Reflection Control Glass - reflection control glass does exactly what it says; it controls the amount of glare or reflection on the glass through a coating on the surface. This is a good choice for dark works however it offers no UV protection so eventually the work will fade. It has a slight distortion that makes it unsuitable for works that are in deep frames such as 3D works, medals, bouquets etc.
  • Conservation Glass - this glass is a clear glass that has a UV protection element added to it. It reduces 99% of UV rays but still has some glare;  over time UV rays can cause art to fade and deteriorate. Conservation control glass is ideal for protecting works from fading and deterioration, provided reflection free viewing isn't essential.
  • Conservation Reflection Control Glass - this glass has a matte like finish that enhances and protects any artwork while minimising the reflection or glare. It protects against 99% of UV rays ensuring long term protection from fading and deterioration. 
  • Museum Glass - this is the ultimate glass. It reduces glare and reflection, protects from 99% of UV rays but maintains the brightness and clarity of your artwork. It is virtually invisible even when used with deep frames however it is more expensive than any of the other options.

This is not a full list of the many different glazing options but the most common options we offer at Quirky Fox. If you would like more information please don't hesitate to contact us.

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