Don’t underestimate the importance of the glass you choose to put on your treasures. Your choice should be “clear cut!” and each type of glass has specific benefits.
Museum Glass® – this is the best choice for any type of artwork, documents photos or keepsakes considered valuable or containing a lot of detail. This glass effectively blocks 98% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. This glass does not glare or produce distracting reflections on your art. It actually enhances most images such as portrait photography and impressionistic landscapes. This glass virtually disappears on your art.
Conservation Clear Glass – this glass is very similar to Museum glass and should also is used on artwork that is of great value or is very detailed. This glass effectively blocks 97% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. The main difference is the reflection you see. Conservation Clear glass has virtually the same appearance as regular glass.
Reflection Control Glass – this is the best choice, other than Museum, for artwork hung opposite a window or lamp. Because it’s only etched on one side, it does not glare or produce distracting reflections on your art. It actually enhances some images such as portrait photography and impressionistic landscapes. Also available with ultraviolet coating.
Plexiglass – generally used with artwork that is very large or heavy, as it reduces the total weight of the finished piece. It can also be used for art that will be hung in high traffic areas or areas where broken glass would be a hazard, such as a child’s room. You may also consider Plexiglass if your art is extremely valuable or irreplaceable, since it won’t damage your art if it’s broken. Plexiglass is available with conservation properties.