Different Glass Choices for Photo Framing

Framing a photograph is one of the best things you can to decorate and protect it from the elements. This includes choosing the right type of glass which is equally important as choosing your favourite frame and mat. We’ve described the main features of each type of glass in this post so you can make an informed edition next time you choose get something framed.

Photo Framing Glass

Clear Glass

Clear glass is often regarded as simple or regular glass. It is cost effective and reliable too. This is a commonly used glass for picture framing. The thickness ranges from 2 mm to 2.5 mm. It has a light transmission capacity of 90%.

Conversion UV Glass

This glazing choice protects artwork from harmful indoor as well as outdoor UV light rays. It is clear, fits any artwork and looks great when it’s used on portraits, photographs, impressionist and landscape art.

Anti-Reflective Glass

Anti-reflective glass is also known as Museum glass. It is the best glazing option available for art and photographs. It protects photos and artwork from indoor as well as outdoor ultraviolet rays.

Acrylic Perspex

Acrylic has many different advantages over glass. Most prominently is very safe for transporting/ shipping framed artwork or images. It is an ideal choice for a large frame which can be prone to damage with regular glass. So if you’re hanging a photo in a children’s room and feel the glass may be hazard, it’s a good choice to go with acrylic instead. Acrylic Perspex is also popular in museums as directors usually don’t want to flirt with danger when it comes to regular glass and its potential to break.

Glass vs Acrylic

Acrylic generally costs more than glass but although more durable, lacks scratch protection. Glass is a less expensive solution and ideal for framing smaller photos and artwork. Unlike acrylic, it is scratch resistant. Moreover, glass is not the optimal choice for framing large artworks.

So those are the main type of protection for your artwork. Each offers its set of advantages and disadvantages so what you choose is dependent on your budget and use case.