How to Choose the Right Glass
Posted by Lauren Baldwin on July 8, 2022
In custom framing, there are countless types of glazing (or glass) to choose from! Why are there so many? Each of these types have a different purpose that fills a project's needs. We are going to take you through the seven types of glazing we offer and factors to consider when making this choice.
The 7 Types
1. Basic clear glass: Basic clear glass is used to protect against everyday wear and tear. Although it is the most economical option, it doesn’t have anti-reflective or conservation properties. Therefore, we do not recommend using this to protect your most valuable or cherished items.
2. Non-glare glass: Non-glare glass, when pushed up against a print, photo, or artwork, reduces the glare you see in glass from lights. However, if this glass cannot be pushed up against the item, the item will become blurry. In addition, this glazing doesn’t include conservation properties, and shouldn’t be used to protect valuable or cherished items.
3. Conservation clear glass®: Conservation clear glass® protects against fading by blocking 99% of UV rays. This is perfect for preserving cherished and valuable items.
4. Conservation non-glare glass®: Conservation non-glare glass® protects against fading by blocking 99% of UV rays. This glass also has anti-reflective properties when pushed up against a print, photo, or artwork. This is perfect for preserving and clear viewing in a well lit room.
5. Museum glass®: Museum glass® is one of the best options there is! This is because it blocks 99% of UV rays, keeping the item from fading. In addition, it has an anti-reflective property. However, with this glazing, the item isn’t required to be pushed up against the glass, making it useful for shadow boxes or fabric pieces that need to be kept away from glass.
6. Clear acrylic glass: Clear acrylic glass protects against everyday wear and tear. In addition, this glazing is shatter resistant and lightweight. These properties make this glass perfect for large projects!
7. Non-glare acrylic glass: Non-glare acrylic glass is shatter resistant and lightweight, and it has anti-reflective properties when pushed up against an item, making this glass perfect for large projects in well lit areas!
Factors to consider when choosing your glass
1. Size of item/project: The size of the project can affect your decision between glass and acrylic. For a larger piece, acrylic may be the best choice in order to reduce the overall weight.
2. Hanging spot: The hanging spot may affect your decision regarding anti-reflective and conservation properties. If you’re hanging the piece in a well lit area, you may want to include these properties to reduce fading and glare.
3. Monetary or sentimental value: The value of the item may encourage you to look for conservation options to protect your item from fading.
Now you’re better prepared to make glazing decisions for many different items. For more help and advice, call or visit us in person!