Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Glass Choices Demystified

Deciding what kind of glass to use to protect your framed art can be a bit like choosing the right wine to compliment your dinner. A little knowledge goes a long way.

When choosing glass, a number of factors must be considered: where the piece will hang, whether it needs to be protected from UV rays and, of course, price.Our sister company, Colorado Frames, offers six glass choices: Museum, Anti-Reflection (AR), Conservation Non-glare, Non-glare, Conservation Clear and Regular Clear.

Museum Glass® is considered the best option for all framed works of art. Museum Glass is the highest quality anti-reflective picture framing glass available in the industry. Made with a proprietary manufacturing process called Magnetron Sputtering, Museum Glass is nearly invisible. It protects against harmful UV light and has the highest light transmission along with the lowest reflection rating. Pastel artists who frame their work without matting especially benefit from using Museum Glass.

AR Glass is best for situations where UV light is not a consideration, like an interior room, but you want the benefit of anti-reflection with a crystal clear glass.

Conservation Non-glare glass has UV protection and is chemically etched on one side, scattering light as it strikes the glass. This glass is recommended for matte finish photographs and posters.

Regular Non-glare glass has the same properties as Conservation non-glare, without the UV protection.

Conservation Clear glass is a great choice for framing original art, limited edition prints and other valued works of art. A proprietary coating of microscopic, silica-based UV blocking agents are cured onto the surface of the glass to produce an ultra protective glass that enhances true colors. Conservation Clear blocks 98% of harmful UV light rays without glare protection.

Regular Clear glass is made from the highest quality glass available. Durable and very affordable, Regular Clear is the perfect choice for controlled lighting situations and when trying to keep costs as low as possible.

Feel free to give us a call to discuss your needs and for a price quote.