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Frame Glazings - Museum Glass

What are the Different Types of Picture Framing Glass?

Museum Glass - Picture Frame Glazing Picture framing glass (“glazing,” “conservation glass,” “museum quality glass”) usually refers to flat glass or acrylic (“plexi”) used for framing artwork and for presenting art objects in a display box (also, “conservation framing”). Source – Wikipedia

When having your artwork framed, there are several choices available when it comes to the type of “glass”, “glazing”, or “facing” that can be used. In this article we are going to take a moment and discuss what choices are available and what benefits each type offers, when it comes to the protection and display properties of your art. Keep in mind, most of these choices are only available for custom framing where conservation or anti-reflective coatings are important to the preservation of your photos or artistic works.

Glazing Choices Available in Our Ready-made Frames Available at FrameUSA.com

Basic Glass – This type of picture frame glazing is the most common in ready-made frames that you will find in retail stores or online. Basic glass protects your art from dust and scratches only. It does not protect your artwork from harmful UV rays or contain any anti-reflective properties.

Styrene – This type of frame facing is popular for it’s light weight,  affordability, and resistance to shattering. Styrene is the most affordable non-glass facing and provides physical protection from dust and scratches. WARNING – Do not use household cleaning chemicals or solutions! Clean only with a soft, damp cloth.

 

Different Types of Picture Framing Glass

 

Glazing Choices Available in Our Custom Framing Location – Cincinnati, OH

Basic Glass – This type of picture frame glazing is the most common in ready-made frames that you will find in retail stores or online. Basic glass protects your art from dust and scratches only. It does not protect your artwork from harmful UV rays or contain any anti-reflective properties.

Styrene – This type of frame facing is popular for it’s light weight,  affordability, and resistance to shattering. Styrene is the most affordable non-glass facing and provides physical protection from dust and scratches. WARNING – Do not use household cleaning chemicals or solutions! Clean only with a soft, damp cloth.

Basic Non-glare Glass – This type of frame glazing provides physical protection from dust and scratches. This type of glass also has a slightly frosted glass to prevent glare and reflections. This glazing does not preotect your art or images  from harmful UV rays.

Conservation Clear® picture framing glass offers the highest level of UV protection available in the industry.  Over time exposure to indoor and outdoor UV light rays can contribute to fading and deterioration of art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes. Conservation Clear glass effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to protect against fading and help keep framed pieces brighter, longer.

Conservation Clear Framing Glass

Technical Info:

  • Blocks up to 99% of UV light rays
  • Meets ISO 18902 and passes ISO 18916, by providing at least 97% UV protection
  • Does not degrade or delaminate over time.  Tru Vue uses a proprietary inorganic, silica-based UV blocking coating, which is “baked” into the glass substrate producing a permanently bonded coating.
  • 2.5mm glass substrate

When To Use:

  • Ideal for any framing application, if reflection-free viewing is not important.
  • For protecting art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes against damage and fading caused by UV light.
  • To provide fade protection for posters. The inks, papers and other materials used to create these prints are more likely to deteriorate at a faster pace than higher quality reproductions.

 

 

Conservation Reflection Control® glass enhances the beauty of artwork with a matte-like finish that scatters light to minimize unwanted glare.  Additionally, it effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to help protect art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes from fading and deterioration caused by harmful UV light rays.

Conservation Reflection Control Frame Glazings
 

Technical Info:

  • Matte-like finish to minimize glare and allows 89% light transmission
  • Blocks up to 99% of UV light rays
  • Achieves over 97% light transmission to enhance colors, brightness and contrast levels
  • Meets ISO 18902 and passes ISO 18916, by providing at least 97% UV protection
  • Does not degrade or delaminate over time.  Tru Vue use a proprietary inorganic, silica-based UV blocking coating with a matte-finish, which is “baked” into the glass producing a permanently bonded coating.
  • 2.5mm glass substrate

When To Use:

  • To minimize glare while protecting art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes against harmful UV light rays
  • Use on any framing project with up to two mats away from piece without significant resolution loss

 

Museum Glass® anti-reflection picture framing glass with Conservation Grade UV Protection is the best glazing option available for art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes.  Along with its nearly invisible finish, it effectively blocks up to 99% of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays so framed pieces remain clearer and brighter for longer.

 

Frame Glazings - Museum Glass
Technical Info:

  • Reduces reflection by over 85% (to less than 1% of total light), the lowest possible reflection rating available with UV protection
  • Achieves over 97% light transmission to enhance colors, brightness and contrast levels
  • Blocks up to 99% of UV light rays
  • Meets ISO 18902 and passes ISO 18916, by providing at least 97% UV protection
  • Does not degrade or delaminate over time.  Tru Vue uses a proprietary inorganic, silica-based UV blocking coating, which is “baked” into the glass producing a permanently bonded coating.
  • 2.5mm glass substrate

When To Use:

  • For virtually invisible glazing that will enhance colors, brightness and contrast levels of all types of artwork, even posters
  • For protecting valued diplomas or irreplaceable artwork against damage and fading caused by UV light
  • Ideal for framing applications including shadow boxes, multiple mat or deep framing projects

 

If you have any questions about framing or glazing choices available to you, please give us a call at 800.577.5920. A customer service representatives can help you make an informed choice.

If you are looking for wholesale orders with custom glass, laser engraving, or custom mats, please take a moment to fill out our Custom Quote Form.

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