There are a number of different options when choosing which type of glass is most suitable for your picture frame. The type of artwork, environment and cost are the major points to consider.
Artwork- some types of artwork (such as watercolours and older prints) may fade under the UV in light. Other types of artwork (for example, oil paintings) are very robust and may not require glazing at all.
Environment – Some places are more suitable to hang artwork that others. Places to avoid include:
- Direct sunlight
- Kitchens – near working areas affected by either heat or steam
- Bathrooms – near splash risks & areas of changing humidity
- High traffic areas – where items might be knocked or bumped
- Above radiators or other direct heat sources
The choice of glass should reflect these decisions, children’s rooms may be best with plastic glazing, however a modern home with a lot of natural light may require frames to have UV protective glazing to stop your irreplaceable artworks from fading.
Cost – Unfortunately most of us need to have a budget in mind when making any purchase and picture framing is no different. However, we would recommend that people consider the increased cost of glazing (as with all conservation) as an important way to protect their artwork for future generations.
Don’t forget: a stitch in time saves nine!
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