You’ve chosen your artwork, you’ve picked a frame and labored over multiple mats and now you’re done, right? Wrong! Now you have to decide what type of glass you would like to protect your investment.
Types of glass
When deciding on a type of glass for your artwork, you have many options to choose from. The most common types of glass available include:
The name says it all. If it’s good enough for Picasso and Rembrandt… Museum quality glass is constructed to block the sun’s harmful UV rays while also providing an anti-reflective surface so you can enjoy viewing your artwork from any angle and in any light. You already know the harmful effect the sun’s rays can have on your skin but did you know that UV rays can also fade and damage your artwork? The effect of UV rays on your artwork are both cumulative and irreversible so be sure that the glass you choose provides full UV protection.
Also known as non-glare glass, this glass does not provide the same protection as museum quality but it is the next best thing, if you are on a tight budget. Using a film coating, this type of glass reduces the reflection from light by either absorbing it or by scattering it. Reduced reflection glass is still considered a type of preservation glass because it will help protect your artwork from light, heat and moisture in the air, just not as well and not for as long as the museum quality product.
As you probably guessed, this is the least expensive option available for framing and probably the last one you would want to consider. Regular glass provides little to no protection for the piece you are framing, produces glare in the light and is highly prone to scratching.
When framing a treasured piece of artwork, it’s always best to deal with a trusted source, like Kat’s Gallery, that can provide information and guidance. Visit them at www.katsgallery.com.