What are the different types of Picture Framing Glass Options?

Picture Framing Glass Types

What are the different types of Picture Framing Glass and Acrylic Options? There are several of the most common types of picture framing glass and acrylic available, each with specific properties to suit different needs. Please note that advancements in materials and technology may have introduced new options since then. Here are some of the common types:

Glass:

  1. Regular Clear Glass: This is the standard glass used in picture framing. It provides basic protection and clarity but may not offer UV filtering or anti-reflective properties.
  2. UV-Filtering Glass: This type of glass has a coating that blocks a significant portion of ultraviolet (UV) light, helping to prevent fading and damage to artwork over time.
  3. Non-Glare Glass (Anti-Reflective Glass): This glass has a special coating that reduces glare and reflections, making it suitable for areas with strong lighting where reflections could be problematic.
  4. Museum Glass (Conservation Glass): A high-quality option that combines UV protection with anti-reflective properties and enhanced clarity. It is often used for valuable or delicate artworks.

 

Acrylic (Plexiglas or Acrylite):

  1. Standard Acrylic (Plexiglas): Acrylic is a lightweight and shatter-resistant alternative to glass. It is less prone to breaking, making it suitable for larger frames or areas with higher risk of breakage. However, it can scratch more easily than glass.
  2. UV-Filtering Acrylic: Similar to UV-filtering glass, this acrylic has a coating that blocks UV light to protect artwork from fading.
  3. Non-Glare Acrylic: This acrylic has an anti-reflective coating to reduce glare and reflections, similar to non-glare glass.
  4. Museum Acrylic: A high-end option that offers UV protection, anti-reflective properties, and enhanced clarity. It is often used for valuable or delicate artworks.
  5. Optically Clear Acrylic: This type of acrylic is designed to have exceptional clarity, allowing for a distortion-free view of the artwork. It is commonly used for artworks where maintaining the highest level of visual quality is crucial.

 

When choosing the type of glass or acrylic for your picture framing project, consider factors such as the artwork’s value, the level of UV protection needed, the lighting conditions in the display area, and your budget. It’s also a good idea to consult with a professional framer or supplier who can provide up-to-date information on the available options.

 

The glass on your picture frame is perhaps the most important element as it is the medium through which you view your artwork. Also it is the glass which is protecting your art from dirt, dust and damaging UV light. Here is a list of options so you can make the right choice. Please note: Guide costs are accurate as of November 2019.

Picture Framing Glass Types: A stack of regular standard reflective glass
Picture Framing Glass Types: A stack of regular standard reflective glass

Standard Glass, 2mm thick , 3mm & 4mm available for larger pictures

  • Pros – Inexpensive & reliable 
  • Cons – Reflective and no UV protectionSlight green colour cast.
Picture Framing Glass Types: Non reflective Art Glass vs. Standard Glass
Picture Framing Glass Types: Non reflective Art Glass AR 70 vs. Standard Glass

Non Reflective Glass–  2mm thick – Has a matte, lightly etched surface that diffuses and breaks up reflections.

  • Pros – Inexpensive , matte look suits some artwork
  • Cons– can blur image when not right against the glass. Little UV protection.

Anti Reflective Glass-  AR70 2mm Coated glass that actually looks ‘invisible’. like it is not there.

Artglass AR 70 reveals the true colors and texture of art – no green tint or optical distortions. Artglass AR 70 is one of our original anti-reflective products, and it has always been about clarity. It provides an exceptional viewing experience, reducing reflections to less than 1%. The remaining reflection has a neutral green color, which is characteristic of all anti-reflective glazing products.

  • Pros – improved UV protection (70%) , no reflections or colour cast.
  • Cons– A bit more expensive.

Anti Reflective Museum Glass-  AR99 2mm Coated glass with the highest grade of UV protection and it is so clear it looks ‘invisible.’

Artglass AR 99™ is the highest performance anti-reflective glass with 99% UV protection. The “invisible” glass ensures neutral reflection color and helps prevent the treasured keepsake from fading. Artglass™ ranks the highest in the market of anti-reflective glass and now its successor Artglass AR 99™ combines superb clarity with the best possible UV protection highly valued among industry professionals and museums. Preserve the true color, texture and beauty of framed artwork. Artglass AR 99™ is your perfect choice for picture framing!

  • Pros – Top UV protection (99%) , no reflections or colour cast.
  • Cons– More Expensive.

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