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Conservation Framing-What is it?

Posted by Lauren Baldwin on October 14, 2022.

So you have something of value that you'd like to preserve with custom framing? Let us walk you through the best methods to ensure your item is protected.

Conservation framing is achieved through the use of materials that prevent damage from acid and environmental factors. Below are three of the most common materials we use to achieve this.

Conservation clear glass was used to protect against fading of this vibrant photograph.

1. Acid-Free Backing Board

Let's start with the material that every project we frame requires: foam backing board. Using an acid-free backing board ensures that no deterioration or staining will occur as a result of the material. In contrast, regular foam backing board can cause yellow staining over a long period of time.

2. Conservation Matboard

Similarly to acid free backing board, conservation matboard ensures that no staining or deterioration will occur as a result of the matboard. We offer a line of Crescent RagMat® matboard that is 100% cotton core and backing, acid-free and lignin-free.

To protect this diploma, we used conservation matboard, acid-free backing board, and conservation non-glare glass. These materials keep the document from fading, staining and deterioration.

3. Conservation Glazing

Conservation glazing offers protection against harmful UV rays that can cause fading over a long period of time. Conservation glazing is also offered with an anti-reflective coating to reduce the glare that clear glass has.

We recommend conservation glazing on all diplomas to protect against fading.

In addition to these categories, there are countless materials and methods we use to promote the long-term health of any framed item. If you have a special item you'd like to have framed, stop by to discuss what materials and processes would be beneficial!


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