Standard glass is inexpensive and will protect your artwork from scratching and dust but is relatively heavy, not UV protective and is reflective. It is also prone to shatter when dropped. Acrylic or Perspex is a good option for frames as it’s lighter than glass and doesn’t shatter.
This is particularly important if you intend shipping your frames. One disadvantage is that acrylics scratches easier than glass, though minor scratches can be buffed out. We only use Shinkolite acrylic by Mitsubishi, which is of exceptional quality because of its clarity, flatness and freedom from blemishes.It also has 70% UV protection.
Art glass is a non-reflective glazing we recommend. It has true non-reflective properties with no distortion, hazing or tinting. Your art will look great and you will hardly notice the glazing. Art glass also provides 70% UV protection. If you want the best on offer then Art Glass in the choice you should be making. Come in and see our display of frames Mattes and glass options in-store and see for yourself.
Non-reflective glass contains a clear film designed to diffuse reflection. It is this non-reflective property that ensures you can see your artwork, even when hung in an area with high exposure to sunlight or interior lighting.
It is important to note that non-reflective glass does not reflect UV light rays and therefore provides no protection against UV light fading. Find out more about our UV filters for picture framing below.
It is not recommended for picture framing with fine detail as some clarity will be lost. This loss of clarity is further emphasised when the glass is spaced away from the artwork, such as in the event ofwhen using mat boards or framing spacers are used.